Service sheet for 30th December

The Christian Community of St Giles-on-the-Hill

welcomes you to worship with them on

Sunday 30th December 2018

First Sunday of Christmas

We have just celebrated Christmas, all in our own ways joining in the praise that surrounded the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem and continues to echo in our hearts. We come together today, before welcoming another year, to ponder with Mary the meaning of the incarnation of God’s Son to us as we worship together.

Today’s Mass includes the presentation of the 2019 Parish Calendar. Please do take a copy home and transfer the dates into your diary.

Please do join us for a celebratory glass of wine after the Mass.

10.30am Sung Eucharist The service is set out in the white service booklet. The collect and readings are to be found overleaf. The hymns are from the New English Hymnal.

Introit Hymn 39 Unto us a boy is born

Psalm 148

Gospel acclamation Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Cantors Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:
And his name shall be called the Prince of Peace.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Priest Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke

All Glory to you, O Lord

Gospel Luke 2:41-52

Priest This is the gospel of the Lord

All Praise to you, O Christ

Offertory Hymn 42 While shepherds watched

Communion Hymn 35 Silent night! Holy night!

Recessional hymn 25 God rest you merry, gentlemen

Organ Voluntary Bach – Prelude in C, BWV545

Next week’s readings: Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12

Deanery Prayer Calendar – The wise appointment of a new Diocesan Bishop in due course. Members of the Vacancy in See Committee and the Crown Nominations Commission, when appointed. Norwich North Deanery – Rural Dean Simon Stokes. Norwich South Deanery – Rural Dean Ian Dyble.

Rector and Rural Dean of Norwich East Canon Darren Thornton, part-time, also UEA Chaplain 01603 623724 – day off Monday
Parish Ordinands Annie Blyth; Tracy Williams – on placement at Thorpe Hamlet
Churchwardens Rowena Atkinson (01603 455729) Bob Emsell (01603 439632)
Newsletter Kate Baldry (01362 695503)
Facebook @Norwicheastdeanery
Twitter @stgilesnorwich

Assistants at the Eucharist
Dorothy and Rodney Head Churchwarden Rowena Atkinson 1st Reading Mavis Jacobs 2nd Reading Lesley Warne Intercessions Vikkie Shread Chalice Pat Emsell Servers Kathryn Ives and Jen Gerrard Organist Ian Graydon

Monday 31 December Midnight Bell ringers to ring in the New Year
Tuesday 1 January 12.00 noon Said Mass The Naming of Jesus
Friday 4 January 10.00am Said Mass
Sunday 6 January
The Epiphany 10.30am Sung Parish Mass with the procession of the Wise Men to the Christmas Crib, and Healing Ministry
Speaker Parish Ordinand Annie Blyth

We welcome any newcomers to our church today
. Do make yourself known to the priest or the churchwardens. For those of you who are new to St Giles and consider your membership to be here, we would like to welcome you into our family. Please do consider signing up to our Church Electoral Roll (see Carole Hill). We also have a scheme for regular giving (see our Treasurer, John Baldry).
HAPPY CHRISTMAS! It is an amazing thought that, for nine months, Mary literally shared the heartbeat of God. At this very special Christmastide we thank God again for sending his only Son to be “conceived by the Holy Ghost and born of the Virgin Mary”. “Let us run with the stars and offer gifts with the Magi…with shepherds let us glorify Him, with angels sing hymns, with archangels join in chorus…let us travel through the life of Christ that we may be born afresh in Him.” St Gregory Nazianzen
Our wonderful bell-ringers! Thanks to those who will ring in the New Year tomorrow night. The bells call us to worship every Sunday and ring out to celebrate the good news of Christ! We thank our bell-ringers for the way in which they start our worship. We are leaving them a bottle of champagne to enjoy tomorrow night. A big thank you from us all. Happy ringing for 2019!
HAPPY NEW YEAR! As we begin this New Year we come with thanksgiving for all that has gone before and with expectation of what is to come. As we travel together through the church year Christ’s story becomes part of ours. HAPPY 2019!
St Giles Parish Calendar – you will find your calendar enclosed in your newsletter today. Please do transfer these dates into your diary. The joy of journeying through the church’s year is that Christ’s story becomes part of our story. The diary is getting fuller every year – a sign of a healthy church and community. Please note: dates may have to be altered, so keep an eye on the weekly newsletter.
Advent Appeal We are most grateful to everyone who has donated so generously to the Advent Appeal. Today is your last opportunity to make a contribution.
Our December Charitable Giving is for West Pottergate Community Residents.
Salvation Army Pottergate ARC – please do keep bringing in donations of tins and packets and place them in the box in the Tower Vestry. Many thanks to Elsie and David for organising this project.
Thank you to those who have decorated the church so beautifully for Christmas – it has really enriched our worship. Thanks also to Carole and Annie who co-ordinated the St Giles Community Carol Service so beautifully. It was a wonderful evening and great that we have such good community connections. Thanks too to Ian Graydon our organist for all the lovely music during the year. We are very fortunate to have you, Ian, and thank you for leading us in worship and praise.
Many thanks to those who delivered the Parish Christmas Card to every home in the Parish. They have been much appreciated. Fr Darren has received lots of Christmas cards for the St Giles congregation from local shops and offices, as well as from friends associated with the church. Some of these cards are displayed on top of the font – do have a look.
For your reflection – for Christians the new year becomes like the clean sheet of writing paper for the writer, the clean empty canvas for the artist and the open road for the traveller: because in 2019 we have a Christ-like story to write, a Christian picture to paint and a Saviour to follow into the future.

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