Service sheet for 14th April

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

welcomes you to worship with them on

Sunday 14th April 2019

Palm Sunday

As Jesus the Servant King rode into Jerusalem on a donkey the crowds shouted and cheered. On this Palm Sunday let us too lift our hearts and souls and voices in praise of Jesus our Lord.

At the start of the Mass we assemble on Upper St Giles for the Liturgy of the Palms. Our procession into church (representing Jerusalem) is a corporate penitential act as we mark together our journey into the Lord’s passion and death. Those same voices that cried aloud “Hosanna!” will cry out “Crucify him!” later this week.

There is no sermon this morning as the dramatic Passion Gospel takes its place.

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.

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.

Processional hymns See separate sheet

Psalm 31

Gospel Passion narrative according to Luke

Priest This is the Passion of the Lord
(Please note – there is no congregational response at this point)

Offertory Hymn 86 My song is love unknown

Communion Hymn 95 When I survey the wondrous Cross

Recessional Hymn 94 We sing the praise of him who died

Organ Voluntary Messiaen – Le Banquet Celeste

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)

Dorothy and Rodney Head Churchwarden Rowena Atkinson 1st Reading Jen Gerrard 2nd Reading Vikkie Shread Intercessions Priest-led Chalice Carole Hill Servers Annie Blyth, Jonny and Lindsey Green, John Baldry Organist Ian Graydon

Please refer to the programme enclosed in your newsletter

Next week’s readings Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118; 1 Corinthians 15:19-26; John 20:1-18

We welcome any newcomers to our church today.
Do make yourself known to the priest or the churchwardens. And do take a look at our website, to be found at
Tonight there will be an ecumenical service at 6.00pm at Chapelfield Road Methodist Church. All welcome!
As we enter into Christ’s passion we remember the command of Jesus at the Last Supper: “Do this in remembrance of me.” The passionate body and blood of Jesus is revealed to us every time we come to receive the Holy Sacrament. We come to worship to express our passion for God and in return He reminds us of His passion for us. It is good to have Elsie Johnson’s knitted Last Supper back in the altar as we reflect on Holy Week and Easter.
Holy Week – you will find the programme enclosed in your newsletter today. To enter into the spiritual experience of journeying with Christ it is good to try and be in church for worship as much as possible. Please do mark this programme in your diaries – it will be a blessing to you.
Barbara Harper passes on her Easter wishes to all who know her at St Giles. Fr Darren will be taking her communion on Tuesday.
St Giles Ringers AGM is on Tuesday 16 April at 7.00pm. Further details from Churchwarden Rowena.
Maundy Thursday After our evening Mass on Maundy Thursday you are invited to join a City Centre Pilgrimage to visit the Garden of Gethsemane in various churches. ‘Could you not watch with me one brief hour?’ were the words of Jesus. St Giles, St John Timberhill, St Peter Mancroft and the Cathedral are all open until midnight.
Easter lilies Would those who wish to remember loved ones by donating a lily for the main altar please see John Baldry, Pat Emsell or Dot Head to give a suggested donation of £5. Thank you.
Recycled Easter Cards made by Jillian Buckingham are now on sale. All proceeds will go to St Giles.
Confessions – Fr Darren is available to hear confessions during Passiontide – please phone for an appointment.
Christian Aid “Count your Blessings” – Would those who have used these sheets during Lent please give your donations to Lindsey Green, our Christian Aid rep, who will be happy to bank them for you.
Social media campaign to promote Holy Week and Easter – this is being instigated by the Norwich City Church of England Churches. Please follow on
Our April Charity is the Church Housing Trust. Do please put donations in the box by the Charities board.
The free Spring Edition of The Magazine published by the Diocese is available for you at the back of church.
Our next Bible Study will be on Tuesday 23rd April at 7.30pm at 37 Havelock Road, studying the book of Esther.
The next Interesting Talk will be on Thurs 25th April at 7.30pm. Prof Stephen Church will speak on ‘King John, Rotter, Bounder, Cad: the case for the defence’.
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!
Open Church St Giles is now open on Monday afternoons, Tuesday mornings, Wednesday mid-day, Friday mornings and Saturday mid-day. Please pray that all visitors and pilgrims will find peace in our sacred space.

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