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 d.thornton@uea.ac.uk – 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) kate.baldry@btopenworld.com

https://stgileschurch.wordpress.com
Facebook @Norwicheastdeanery
Twitter @stgilesnorwich

Assistants at the Eucharist
Sidespersons
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

DIARY FOR THE WEEK
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

NOTICES
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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Service sheet for 23rd December

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

welcomes you to worship with them on

Sunday 23rd December 2018

Fourth Sunday of Advent

The angel said to Mary, “You will be with child and will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus”. On this fourth Sunday of Advent we stand with Mary as she hears the angel’s news. May we have the courage, as she did, to be part of a dream that we can barely imagine.

Our Speaker today is Parish Ordinand Annie Blyth.

After the Mass we will transform the church from the season of Advent into the Christmas season as our major festivities begin.

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 14 The advent of our God

Canticle Luke 1:46b-55

Gospel acclamation Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Cantors Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight:
And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

All Glory to you, O Lord

Gospel Luke 1:39-55

Priest This is the gospel of the Lord

All Praise to you, O Christ

Offertory Hymn 10 Long ago, prophets knew

Communion Hymn 186 Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord

Recessional hymn 188 Ye who own the faith of Jesus

Organ Voluntary Bach – Fantasia in C Minor BWV562

Next week’s readings: 1 Samuel 2:18-20. 26; Psalm 148; Colossians 3:12-17; Luke 2:41-52

Rector and Rural Dean of Norwich East Canon Darren Thornton, part-time, also UEA Chaplain 01603 623724 d.thornton@uea.ac.uk – 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) kate.baldry@btopenworld.com

https://stgileschurch.wordpress.com Facebook @Norwicheastdeanery
Twitter @stgilesnorwich

Assistants at the Eucharist
Sidespersons
Dorothy and Rodney Head Churchwarden Rowena Atkinson 1st Reading Nigel Simpson 2nd Reading Carole Hill Intercessions Sheila Spreadbury Chalice Pat Emsell Servers Tim Ives and John Baldry Organist Ian Graydon

DIARY FOR THE WEEK
Monday 24 December 11.30pm Candlelit Midnight Mass
Christmas Eve Speaker Parish Ordinand Tracy Williams
Tuesday 25 December 10.00am Family Mass with Carols
Christmas Day Do bring a present to open during the service
Wednesday 26 to Saturday 29 December St Giles Church closed (no Friday Mass)
Sunday 30 December Christmas 1 10.30am Sung Parish Mass with the launch of the 2019 Church Calendar
There will be a celebratory glass of wine after the Mass

Deanery Prayer Calendar: Bishop Graham and Julie: thanking God for his ministry among us; our Archdeacon: Karen Hutchinson; Rural Dean: Darren Thornton; Lay Chair: Bridgid Everitt; Treasurer: Gus Woodcock; Secretary: Shirley Buxton; Bishop’s Chaplain: Susanna Gunner. All preparing for Christmas services.

NOTICES
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).
St Giles will be closed from Wednesday 26 to Saturday 29 December. Those looking for a daily Mass during the week will be made most welcome at the Cathedral or St John Timberhill.
Advent comes from the Latin word for an arrival or coming and it means that the Lord is coming. The candles on the Advent wreath are in the traditional colours of purple for waiting and, in the third week, rose for Gaudete Sunday. Our wreath has been prepared by Dot Head, to whom we are very grateful.

Advent Appeal We are likely to be £2450 short next year in paying our way. Please do pray about this and how you might be able to help with this deficit. We would like to invite members of the Church to give a ‘one off’ Advent gift in appreciation of the friendship and ministry they receive from St Giles (using one of the white envelopes in the pews). Your help is so greatly appreciated. Thank you.
‘The Magazine’ for November and December is available at the back of church for you to take your free copy. It includes the Diocesan Prayer Calendar that we are encouraged to use in our daily prayers.
Our congregational Christmas card Today is your last opportunity to sign this and make a donation to charity. It’s a way of sending Christmas greetings to each other without sending cards. The money donated is being given to ‘Embrace the Middle East’ which seeks to improve the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the Middle East. Our special thanks to Elsie who has produced the card.
Christmas Tree Please could you give any contribution you can manage towards the cost of this year’s Parish Tree to John Baldry. Thank you.
Our December Charitable Giving is for West Pottergate Community Residents.
Salvation Army Pottergate ARC – at this time of year please do think of those in need and keep bringing in donations of tins and packets to the Tower Vestry. Thank you.
Donations of wine for consumption at church events would be most gratefully received by the Churchwardens. Thank you very much!
‘Sacred Space’ We are grateful to those who have said that they would like to keep St Giles open for a few hours during the week so that others can experience our sacred space – thank you for such a positive response. To avoid clashes please put your times in the Churchwardens’ diary (Tuesday and Friday mornings are already covered).
“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”. Thank you to those decorating the church, and may I take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy and Blessed Christmas. Fr Darren.

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Service sheet for 16th December

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

welcomes you to worship with them on

Sunday 16th December 2018

Third Sunday of Advent

Today we hear how John the Baptist describes himself as a voice sent to prepare the day of the Lord, God’s anointed servant. Let us rejoice and worship the God of peace who is faithful to us and sanctifies and draws us to himself through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Today, the third Sunday in Advent, is called Gaudete (meaning “rejoice”) Sunday. The liturgical colour is rose (not pink!) and we light the rose Advent candle to symbolise this shift in our Advent penitential season on this respite day.

The Mass includes the blessing of the Parish Christmas Tree and switching on of the lights!

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 11 O come, O come Emmanuel!

Canticle Isaiah 12:2-6

Gospel acclamation Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Cantors Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight:
And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

All Glory to you, O Lord

Gospel Luke 3:7-18

Priest This is the gospel of the Lord

All Praise to you, O Christ

Offertory Hymn 16 Wake, O wake! With tidings thrilling

Communion Hymn 18 Ye servants of the Lord

Recessional hymn 15 The Lord will come and not be slow

Organ Voluntary Bach – Nun komm’, der Heiden Heiland

Assistants at the Eucharist
Sidespersons
Dorothy and Rodney Head Churchwarden Rowena Atkinson 1st Reading Julia de Salis 2nd Reading Chris Stokes Intercessions Annie Blyth Chalice Carole Hill Servers Kathryn Ives and Jen Gerrard Organist Ian Graydon

Rector and Rural Dean of Norwich East Canon Darren Thornton, part-time, also UEA Chaplain 01603 623724 d.thornton@uea.ac.uk – 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) kate.baldry@btopenworld.com

https://stgileschurch.wordpress.com Facebook @Norwicheastdeanery Twitter @stgilesnorwich

DIARY FOR THE WEEK
Tonight 5.30pm Community Carol Service
Tuesday 18 December 12 noon Noon Prayers led by Churchwarden Rowena
Friday 21 December 10.00am Said Mass President Fr Peter Varney
Sunday 23 December Advent 4 10.30am Sung Parish Mass Speaker Parish Ordinand Annie Blyth
After Mass we will set up the church for Christmas

Next week’s readings – Micah 5:2-5a; Canticle: Luke 1:46b-55; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-55

Deanery Prayer Calendar – St Andrew, Trowse – Clergy: Janice Scott, Rosemary Braby; Synod Reps: Sue Scott, Debbie Harris. All involved in the business community across the Deanery. Authorised Worship Assistants across the Deanery. Choirs and musicians preparing for Carol Services this season.

NOTICES
We welcome any newcomers to our church today
. Do make yourself known to the priest or the churchwardens. And do have a look at the lovely photos at https://stgileschurch.wordpress.com
For those of you who have started coming to St Giles recently 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).
The final total raised by Christmas Stalls on Sat 25 Nov was £605.50. Many thanks to all who helped to set up and on the day!
The next Bible Study will be at on Monday 17 December at 7.30pm at No 40 Havelock Road. We shall be continuing our study in Mark.
Confessions Fr Darren will be available in church to hear confessions on Saturday 22 December by appointment.
Advent comes from the Latin word for an arrival or coming and it means that the Lord is coming. The candles on the Advent wreath are in the traditional colours of purple for waiting and, in the third week, rose for Gaudete Sunday. Our wreath has been prepared by Dot Head, to whom we are very grateful.
Advent Appeal We are likely to be £2450 short next year in paying our way. Please do pray about this and how you might be able to help with this deficit. We would like to invite members of the Church to give a ‘one off’ Advent gift in appreciation of the friendship and ministry they receive from St Giles (using one of the white envelopes marked ‘Advent Gift’ in the pews). Your help is so greatly appreciated. Thank you.
‘The Magazine’ for November and December is available at the back of church for you to take your free copy. It includes the Diocesan Prayer Calendar that we are encouraged to use in our daily prayers.
Parish Christmas card – we would like to deliver a card to every home in the parish. If you can help please take a bundle (road names listed) and return any spares. So many people mention during the year how lovely it is to receive our Christmas card – so it’s well worth us delivering them. Thank you.
Our congregational Christmas card is at the back of church for us all to sign and make a donation to charity. It’s a way of sending Christmas greetings to each other without sending cards. The money donated is being given to ‘Embrace the Middle East’ which seeks to improve the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the Middle East. Our special thanks to Elsie who has produced the card.
Christmas Tree Please could you give any contribution you can manage towards the cost of this year’s Parish Tree to John Baldry. Thank you.
Our December Charitable Giving is for West Pottergate Community Residents.
Salvation Army Pottergate ARC – at this time of year please do think of those in need and keep bringing in donations of tins and packets to the Tower Vestry. Thank you.
‘Sacred Space’ is the main theme of the St Giles Growth Plan so we are grateful to those who have said that they would like to keep St Giles open for a few hours during the week so that others can experience our sacred space – thank you for such a positive response. To avoid clashes please put your times in the Churchwardens’ diary (Tuesday and Friday mornings are already covered). If you are new to opening the church do please speak to Fr Darren to get further information.
Advance Warning! Sunday 23 December is going to be a busy day. We will be keeping Advent 4 at the 10.30am Mass, then after the service we will prepare the church for the festival of Christmas. The liturgical colour changes and we prepare for Midnight Mass tomorrow which starts at 11.30pm.

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Service sheet for 9th December

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

welcomes you to worship with them on

Sunday 9th December 2018

Second Sunday of Advent

We come together today to learn from an expert the art of showing the way: how to live with our minds and hearts focused upon God and how to guide others in the direction of salvation by traditional and imaginative means. Let us exult in the thrill of our discovery and our shared fellowship on the journey.

This Sunday in Advent we remember the prophets. God told them to speak for him and they often challenge powerful people by telling uncomfortable truths about the way they live. Today we meet the prophet who foretold the coming of Jesus.

Enclosed in your newsletter today is a revised copy of the St Giles Growth Plan. Please do take it home for your prayers and consideration.

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 5 Hark! A herald voice is calling

Canticle Benedictus (Luke 1:68-79)

Gospel acclamation Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Cantors Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight:
And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

All Glory to you, O Lord

Gospel Luke 3:1-6

Priest This is the gospel of the Lord

All Praise to you, O Christ

Offertory Hymn 7 Hills of the North, rejoice

Communion Hymn 6 Hark the glad sound! The Saviour comes

Recessional hymn 12 On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry

Organ Voluntary Flor Peeters – Wachet Auf

Assistants at the Eucharist
Sidespersons
Dorothy and Rodney Head Churchwarden Rowena Atkinson 1st Reading Sue Prutton 2nd Reading Jillian Buckingham Intercessions Ian Mayers Chalice Kathryn Ives Servers Ben Shread and Karen Kiddell Organist Ian Graydon

Rector and Rural Dean of Norwich East Canon Darren Thornton, part-time, also UEA Chaplain 01603 623724 d.thornton@uea.ac.uk – 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) kate.baldry@btopenworld.com

DIARY FOR THE WEEK
Monday 10 December 5.00pm Reception of the body of Veronica Larter into St Giles
Tuesday 11 December 8.15am Home Communion – Barbara Harper
12 noon Funeral Mass Veronica Larter All are welcome
Friday 14 December 10.00am Said Mass John of the Cross, 1591
12 noon Clergy Team Christmas Lunch. We thank our retired clergy for all they do throughout the year.
7.30pm Film Club – please see railings outside St Giles for details
Sunday 16 December Advent 3 10.30am Sung Parish Mass with the blessing of the Parish Christmas Tree
5.30pm St Giles Community Carol Service with Christmas Raffle

NOTICES
We welcome any newcomers to our church today
. Do make yourself known to the priest or the churchwardens. Do look at the lovely photos at https://stgileschurch.wordpress.com
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 go on our Church Electoral Roll (see Carole Hill). We also have a scheme for regular giving – see our Treasurer, John Baldry.
From Fr Darren I am really overwhelmed by everyone’s kind gift for my 50th Birthday celebrations. I am a very fortunate priest to have such a lovely congregation / family. Thank you for a memorable event and all your good wishes. Keep Dancing!
Advent comes from the Latin word for an arrival or coming and it means that the Lord is coming. The candles on the Advent wreath are in the traditional colours of purple for waiting and, next week, rose for Gaudete Sunday. Our wreath has been prepared by Dot Head, to whom we are very grateful.
Christmas Stalls on Sat 25 November raised £605.50. Many thanks to all who helped to set up and on the day!
The Funeral Mass of Miss Veronica Larter will take place on Tues 11 Dec at 12 noon with the reception of her body into church the evening before (Mon 10 Dec at 5pm). Veronica was one-time Churchwarden at St Giles and we give thanks for her strong faith and loyal service to this church.
The next Bible Study will be at on Monday 17 December at 7.30pm at No 40 Havelock Road.
Advent Appeal We are likely to be £2450 short next year in paying our way. Please do pray about how you might be able to help with this deficit. We would like to invite members of the Church to give a ‘one off’ Advent gift in appreciation of the friendship and ministry they receive from St Giles (using one of the white envelopes in the pews). Your help is so greatly appreciated. Thank you.
‘The Magazine’ for November and December Please take your free copy from the back of church.
Parish Christmas card – we would like to deliver a card to every home in the parish. If you can help please take a bundle (road names listed) and return any spares. So many people mention during the year how lovely it is to receive our Christmas card – so it’s well worth us delivering them. Thank you.
Our congregational Christmas card is at the back of church for us all to sign – a way of sending Christmas greetings to each other. The money donated to ‘Embrace the Middle East’ will improve the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the Holy Land. Our special thanks to Elsie for this.
Christmas Tree Please could you give any contribution you can manage towards the cost of this year’s Parish Tree to John Baldry. Thank you.
Our December Charitable Giving is for West Pottergate Community Residents.
Film Club and Interesting Talks We have received a donation of £148 from these events. A big ‘thank you’ to Carole Hill for her sourcing such wonderful speakers and to Annie and Raymond for their hard work in organising these most enjoyable evenings.
‘Sacred Space’ is the main theme of the St Giles Growth Plan so we are grateful to those who have volunteered to keep St Giles open for a few hours during the week so that others can experience our sacred space. To avoid clashes please put your times in the Churchwardens’ Diary (Tuesday and Friday mornings are already covered). If you are a new volunteer do please speak to Fr Darren.
Advance Warning! Sunday 23 December is going to be a busy day. We will be keeping Advent 4 at the 10.30am Mass, then after the service we will prepare the church for the festival of Christmas. The liturgical colour changes and we prepare for Midnight Mass tomorrow which starts at 11.30pm.

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