Service sheet for 13th January

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

welcomes you to worship with them on

Sunday 13th January 2019

The Baptism of Christ

Today as we celebrate the Baptism of Christ let us prepare to become less as he becomes more.

“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

After today’s Gospel we process to the font for the liturgy celebrating the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. This act of penitence leads us into a dedication as we renew our own baptismal promises. Please bring the baptism service sheet with you to the font.

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. Hymns from the New English Hymnal.

Introit Hymn 58 The sinless one to Jordan came

Psalm 29

Gospel acclamation Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Cantors Christ was revealed in flesh, proclaimed among the nations;
And believed in throughout the world

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

All Glory to you, O Lord

Gospel Luke 3:15-17. 21-22

Priest This is the gospel of the Lord

All Praise to you, O Christ

Processional hymn on sheet We will draw water joyfully

Offertory Hymn 137 Come down, O Love divine

Communion Hymn 347 Come, gracious Spirit, heavenly Dove

Recessional hymn 478 Ye watchers and ye holy ones

Organ Voluntary Stanford – Postlude No. 6

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)

Media links
Facebook @Norwicheastdeanery
Twitter @stgilesnorwich

1st Reading
Jonathan Trench 2nd Reading Lesley Warne Intercessions Mavis Jacobs Chalice Jonny Green Churchwarden Bob Emsell Organist Ian Graydon Servers Tim Ives, Susan Morris-Prosser, Karen Kiddell, Annie Blyth, Vikkie Shread

Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 January Fr Darren away on Rural Deans’ Residential at Great Yarmouth
Tuesday 15 January 12 noon Said Mass President Revd Maggie Diffey
Friday 18 January 10.00am Said Mass President Revd Rhonwen Washford
Beginning of Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18 – 25 Jan)
Sunday 20 January 3rd Sunday of Epiphany 10.30am Sung Parish Mass
President and Preacher Revd Maggie Diffey (Fr Darren away)

Next week’s readings: Nehemiah 8:1-3. 5-6. 8-10; Psalm 19:1-6; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a; Luke 4:14-21

We welcome any newcomers to our church today.
Do make yourself known to the priest or the churchwardens. Do take a look at our website, to be found at
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!
Do visit the Traidcraft Stall after Mass today and purchase from a selection of Cards and Food.
Our next Bible Study will be on Monday 21 January at 7.30pm, at 37 Havelock Road. If you are thinking you might like to join us it is an ideal opportunity since we shall be beginning our study of the epistle of James. You will be most welcome! Please speak to Karen Kiddell for more information.
Our next Interesting Talk on Thursday 31 January at 7.30pm is entitled ‘From Bears to Bishops: Norfolk’s Medieval Church Carvings’. It will be given by Paul Harley who is a photographer.
Embrace The Middle East (formerly the Biblelands charity) has been sent £203.03, raised at the Carol Service (thanks to Annie, Carole, Ian and Pearl for organising!) and from the Congregational Christmas card (thanks to Elsie for making it!).
The Salvation Army has been sent £457.70 raised at the Christmas Quiz. Our thanks to Annie and her team! And please do keep bringing in donations of tins and packets for the Salvation Army Pottergate ARC and put them in the box in the Tower Vestry. Many thanks to Elsie and David for organising this.
The Christmas Raffle raised £142 for Church funds.
The Advent Gifts totalled £2811.90 and we shall be able to claim a further £565.48 in Gift Aid on these donations, making a total for the church of £3377.38. Your generosity during the Advent period has been overwhelming after already giving so much during the year to help us with the Parish Share. It is a wonderful boost for the church’s finances as we move into 2019! Thank you all very much!
Our 2019 motto text is: “I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3.18-19
Our January Charity is the Templar Pilgrimage Trust. If you would like to make a personal donation (gift-aided if possible) then do please put it in the box on the table by the Charities board.
St Giles Parish Calendar – Please do take your copy and transfer the dates into your diary.
The Magazine for January / February and Good News for Norwich and Norfolk (Winter Edition) are both available at the back of church for you to take your free copy.
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).
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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