Service sheet for 3rd February

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

welcomes you to worship with them on

Sunday 3rd February 2019


When they presented him at the Temple, Jesus’ parents were amazed at what was being said about him. In our worship today, let us explore our amazement at all that Jesus brings to our lives.

“Christ became what we are that he might make us what he is.” Athanasius of Alexandria

“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

Today’s Mass includes the Ministry of Healing, with the anointing of oil. If you wish to receive healing for yourself or for a loved one then please go and sit in the Lady Chapel during the organ voluntary at the end of the Mass.

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

Our Christmas tree and crib will come down after Mass today, marking the end of the Christmas season as we start to think ahead to Lent.

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 156 Sing how the age-long promise of a Saviour

Psalm 24

Gospel acclamation Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Cantors This child is the light to enlighten the nations
And the glory of your people Israel

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

All Glory to you, O Lord

Gospel Luke 2:22-40

Priest This is the gospel of the Lord

All Praise to you, O Christ

Offertory Hymn 33 Of the Father’s heart begotten

Communion Hymn 44 Faithful vigil ended

Recessional Hymn 335 All praise to thee, for thou, O King divine

Organ Voluntary Boellmann – Priere a Notre-Dame (Suite Gothique)

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

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)

Rowena Atkinson Sidespersons Dorothy and Rodney Head Organist Ian Graydon Servers John Baldry, Tim Ives, Karen Kiddell, Susan Morris-Prosser and Vikkie Shread 1st Reading Vikkie Shread 2nd Reading Jen Gerrard Intercessions Priest-led Chalice Pat Emsell

Tuesday 5 February 12 noon Said Mass President Revd Maggie Diffey
Friday 8 February 10.00am Said Mass
7.30pm Film Club – please see railings outside St Giles for details
Sunday 10 February 4th Sunday before Lent 10.30am Sung Parish Mass
Traidcraft Stall after Mass

Next week’s readings Isaiah 6:1-13; Psalm 138; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Luke 5:1-11

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
Large print weekly pew sheets Redemptorist Publications are making the Sunday service accessible to visually impaired Christians by sending us some large print copies every week. This is funded by St John’s Guild, Christians Supporting People with Sight Loss. Do ask if you require a copy.
Traidcraft – Our next Traidcraft Stall will be held next week. There will be lots of lovely cards and consumables! By purchasing from Traidcraft you really are making a difference.
Norwich East Deanery Synod meetings are now open to anyone who would like to attend. The next meeting is on Wednesday 27 February at 7.15pm and will be held at St Matthew Thorpe Hamlet, with refreshments from 7.00pm. The topic for the evening is ‘Gaining confidence to share our story of Jesus’. All are welcome.
Our Interesting Talk on Thursday 28 February at 7.30pm is by Barbara Miller and is entitled ‘Step by Step: the Norwich shoe trade’.
Our next Bible Study will be on Tuesday 5th March at 7.30pm, at 40 Havelock Road when we shall be continuing our study of the letter/epistle of James. If you are thinking you might like to join us then please do see Karen Kiddell for more information – you will be most welcome!
Palm Crosses Please leave your palm crosses from last year in the post tray by Sunday 24 February so that ash can be made from them for the Ash Wednesday Mass. Thank you.
Confirmation The next opportunity for Confirmation will be in the Cathedral on Easter Eve, Saturday 20 April. If you are interested, then please speak to Fr Darren as soon as possible.
Our February Charity is the Samaritans. 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.
Salvation Army Pottergate ARC Please do keep bringing in donations of tins and packets and place them in the box in the Tower Vestry. The months of January and February are the most difficult for homeless people so please be generous and support the wonderful work being done at Pottergate ARC. Many thanks to Elsie and David for organising the delivery of your gifts to the Salvation Army.
Any donations of wine for consumption at church events would be most gratefully received by the Churchwardens – please do bring them in. Thank you very much!
Newsletter via email – to receive this sheet every week on the day it is published, go to the church website at Type your email address in the box at the bottom of the page and click on the FOLLOW button. Any problems – please speak to Raymond Scott.
Interested in a pilgrimage to Rome? If you are then please do get in touch with Canon Peter Doll at or Fr Alaric Lewis at to register an interest. Do see page 25 of the Diocesan magazine for further details. Both Fr Peter and Fr Alaric know so much about Rome. It will be a very informative and spiritual Pilgrimage.

Media links
Facebook @Norwicheastdeanery
Twitter @stgilesnorwich

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