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10th January 2021

By Alison Hudson - Posted on 07 January 2021

St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone

and St Saviour Church, Aston

10 January 2021

Manifest at Jordan’s stream, Prophet, Priest, and King supreme;

and at Cana wedding-guest in thy Godhead manifest.

(Christopher Wordsworth)


Our churches remain open for worship

During this current lockdown,public worship remains permitted in our churches, subject to the maintenance of Covid-safety regulations. This will of course remain under review. Please continue to observe social distancing, use hand santiser, wear a face covering and leave your details for track and trace when attending a service in church. Please do not attend church if you are experiencing any symptoms of Covid or have been asked to self-isolate. With our thanks for your ongoing

co-operation and support in these unprecedented times.

Services this week

Thursday 7 January

10.30am Holy Communion Stone

Sunday 10 January

8.00am Holy Communion Stone

9.15am Holy Communion Aston

10.45am Holy Communion Stone



Stone with Aston Sunday afternoon prayers

This time of prayer online continues each week. It is a short service (approximately 20 minutes) that we are able to share in together at 4pm each Sundayvia phone or internet. To join us:

  • Phone this number 0131 460 1196or 0203 481 5237
  • enter the meeting ID on your telephone keypad897 6759 5340
  • you will be asked for a participant number - just enter #
  • enter the password which is 928354

Or join online via ‘Zoom’.This week we will be using the Epiphany Season Prayer Sheet.

Virtual Sunday School

Our young children will be meeting via Zoom this Sunday afternoon at 5pm, hosted by Jill Bramham.

Please do hold our children, Jill and this valuable

ministry in your prayers.


Our services are recorded

Keep an eye out on our website and Facebook page for a pre-recorded Sunday service each week. If you would like a DVD of any of these, please let Ian know.


Regular giving

To minimise the handling of cash, would you consider making regular donations to the church via standing order from your bank?

If you are able or would prefer to do this, please contact John Baddeley on 01785 815397, or email

for St Michaels, or Paul Gerrard on 01785 818363 or email pagerrard@btinternet.comfor St Saviour’s. Thank you!  

Green Bus

This free service is available for the 10.45am Sunday service. Contact Christ Melia for details (07779 228286)


This week’s rotas









Miss F Halsall

Mr M Bishop

Mrs E Leason

Mrs N Abbott


Fr John

Lin Davies

Bob Davis



Contact details

Please do not hesitate to contact any of the ministry team

should you need to:

Revd Preb Ian Cardinal 01785 812747   

Revd Alison Hudson 07725 467246        

Dennis Abbott 01785 814134

Fr John Cotterill 07734 815838              

Lin Davies 01889 505094


Readings and Collect for Sunday 10 January

Genesis 1: 1-5             Acts 19: 1-7     Mark 1: 4-11


Eternal Father,

who at the baptism of Jesus revealed him to be your Son,

anointing him with the Holy Spirit: grant to us,

who are born again by water and the Spirit,

that we may be faithful to our calling as your adopted children;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. Amen



So why do we still do it? 2000 years down the line Baptism is still seen by some as a rite of passage.

As with couples who come to be married, baptism is talked through with parents as to why they want the ceremony. Somewhere, buried in other reasons, there is usually a sense, however vague, of wanting God involved. It is easy to be cynical about the other reasons. Couples sometimes want their baby 'done' so that they can dress baby in a posh frock (even the little boys sometimes) and invite their friends for a party 'to wet the baby's head'. It has been increasingly observed with unmarried parents, that their first child’s baptism is a kind of substitute wedding – a time to gather family and friends together for a special occasion. Or they want a ceremony to give the child a name even though that's already happened when you register the birth. Some parents may say that they want their child to be able to marry in church later in life or even that he or she would go straight to hell if they died unbaptized. Now that's absolute nonsense. Babies can be pretty naughty at times, but nobody would call them sinners. The church is partly to blame for this misunderstanding: we used to teach that baptism washed away something called 'original sin'.  But God isn't going to blame or punish us for the effects of other people's sins, nor does he regard water as a magic that will cancel guilt. In our particular situation we also have to include the understandings of baptism from different Christian traditions as part of our ecumenical life in this parish. While some believe it is okay to baptise a baby or young child, others are convinced that only for believers is baptism right – that baptism should be administered to someone who understands and accepts the faith for themselves. (This is often, incorrectly called “adult baptism”). As with other aspects of different church traditions, we agree to accept each other’s firmly held convictions and do all we can to accommodate both versions. The Baptists, for example, have full immersion baptisms, perhaps symbolising being buried and raised to new life.


But what was the original idea of baptism and why was Jesus baptised? The Jews went in for washing in a big way. Yet they knew that washing was symbolic, not magical. What we need when we approach God is not just germ-free hands, but purity in heart and single-mindedness. Baptism was the Greek word for washing and literally means soaking or dunking. So, in Greek you'd ask your family, 'Have you baptized the dishes?' When non-Jews wanted to enter the Jewish religion, they had to symbolically wash away all their pagan wrong beliefs and deeds; they called it 'proselyte baptism'.


 And now we have John the Baptist appearing in the wilderness in his camel hair and sandals and what was novel about John the Baptist was he said even Jews must be washed, or baptized. 'Don't rely on having the right parents, to be part of the Chosen People', is what he meant. 'You have to show you want to change from the inside, you have to enter the family of God with no rights or privileges, but on the same basis as everyone else: as sinners needing forgiveness and responding to the call to believe.'

Then along comes Jesus and asked John to baptize him. John had a problem with this: what was he washing away? John said to Jesus: ‘I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?' Jesus answered John, 'Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfil all righteousness.' In other words, 'This is how God has planned for us to be members of the Chosen People - so that's how we'll do it.' The emphasis has switched from washing away sins, to joining the family of God. The sinless Jesus came down to earth, on the same level as the rest of us, and joined the family of God as our elder brother in the same way as any sinner.

I think that shows us that Jesus doesn't want us to put him on a pedestal, but to love him as a friend - there's no 'side' to Jesus. In that way he makes the once unapproachable God approachable.

Dennis Abbott



Prayers of Intercession

Jesus calls us out of darkness into his marvellous light.

Washed clean by the waters of baptism,

let us pray that we may live the life to which he has called us.


Lord Jesus, eternal Word,

proclaimed as the Christ by John the forerunner,

hear us as we pray for all who proclaim your word and be with us whether we are alone or together.

Lord of truth, hear our prayer.


Lord Jesus, baptizing with the Spirit and with fire,

strengthen us to withstand all the trials of our faith, that we might offer a beacon of light to the world.

Lord of truth, hear our prayer.


Lord Jesus, bringing forgiveness to all who repent,

teach your Church dependence on your grace and guide us through these difficult days.

Lord of truth, hear our prayer.


Lord Jesus, fulfilment of the promises of old,

give strength and hope to all who suffer in body, mind or spirit.

Lord of truth, hear our prayer.


Lord Jesus, bringer of hope,

share with all the faithful the riches of eternal life and give comfort to those who mourn.

Lord of truth, hear our prayer.


Lord Jesus Christ, in you the Father makes us and all things new. Transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace,

and in the renewal of our lives make known your heavenly glory. Amen

Those we include inourprayers of intercession


Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Elsie Richardson, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, John Richardson, Peter Bowler, Catherine Ritchie, James Astle, Miles Brain, John & Ann Shuttleworth, Margaret Wright, Molly Wright, Norman Latham, Mary Leigh, Gillian Wright, John Hargreaves, Val Morris, Alan Holmes, June Stringer, Jayne Walker, Jim Hammersley, Duncan Leak, Christopher Davis, Margaret Tomlinson, Berwyn Babb, Carl Hartley, Karen Hartley


For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends:

Michael Abbott, John Goring, Derick Turner, Hilda Coles, Ivy Ravenscroft, Heather Sutton, Sheila Turner


For those whose year’s mind falls in this month from St Michael’s:

Patricia Blackhurst 1986, Lawrence King 1992, James Harvey 1981, Douglas Bowman 1982, Edward Buckley 1970, Fred Bennett 1983, Ellen Downing 1999, Leonard Oxer 1999, Kathleen Sherratt 1999, Constance Shaw 1988, Samuel Robinson 1999, Lilian Devall 1983, Frederick Burgess 2002, Reginald Elkin 1991, Donald Knight 2004, Winifred Baron 2000, Ruth Waghorn 2010, Meg Knox 2014, Margaret Sutton 2016, Celia Dabbs 2017, Ida Smith 1980


and from St Saviour’s:

Sidney Emery 1987, Constance Shaw 1988, Jessie Stanfield 1989, James Smith 1989, Percy Bate 1991, Eric Deakin 1991, Alan Barrett-Green 1991, Kenneth Lockett 1991, Dorothy Leese 1997, Wilfred Howells 2000, Reginald Riley 2000, Florence Bratt 2009, William Lewington 2009, Charles Bowers 2009, Pamela Sangster 2011, Mary Hughes 2015, Dorothy Burton 2016, William Robinson 2016, Ronald Osborne 2017, Charles Mitchell 2018, Jessie Moore 2018, Mirella Mason 2019, George Wright 2020, Norman Goodwin 2020, Charles Smith 2020


St Michael & St Wulfad and St Saviour Church


Cycle of Prayer for our benefice


Week 1

Church St, The Coppice Estate, George Rd, Hempbutts, High St, Mill St, Morrisons, Crown St, Joules Court, St Michaels Close, Lichfield St, businesses in High St and Mill St


Week 2

Priory Estate, Abbey St, Lichfield Rd, Grange Rd, Millwalk, Shepley Close, Redlands, Brookfield Court, Pingle Lane, Ridgeway, Flax Croft, Westover Drive, Parkhouse Drive, Old Rectory Road, Claremont Close, Cedar Park, Parkway, Aston Lodge Park, Aston


Week 3

Stone Golf Club, Stone Cricket Club, Community Fire Station, Trent Clinic, Doctors Surgeries, Dental Surgeries, Pharmacies and all the staff, St Michaels First School, Pirehill First School, Manor Rise, Walton Priory, The Moorings, Summerfield Court, Autumn House


Week 4

Walton Grange, Stafford Rd, Stafford Close, Stonehouse Hotel, Stone Business Park, Aldi, Farms within the parish, Eccleshall Rd, Cherryfields Estate, Walton Way, Walton Community Centre, Whitemill Lane and Air Ministry Estate


Week 5

Pirehill Lane, Beacon Rise and environs, Longhope Rd, Fillybrooks, Residents on A34, Udell Grange, Anwyl Homes, Sweepers Ave, Blundell Drive and environs, Common Lane, Crestwood Drive, Foxwood Close, Tilling Drive Estate