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11th August 2019

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 07 August 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


            And so Jesus talks to us about money again, in this week’s gospel. It’s a sign of our times that everyone gets terribly excited about sexual ethics in Church, but the subject of money hardly gets a mention! It’s one of those truisms that the Bible has far more to say about money and the way in which God’s people use it, than it does about almost anything else. I remember being accused of being a “leftie” back in Lincolnshire, when I read out a part of this gospel: it was fashionable to accuse the Church of being “Marxist” back then and the gentleman concerned was quite stunned when I pointed out I had been reading the words of the Lord!

            But this time, there is an added frisson. The words of Jesus go on to a sort of Advent flavour, when he talks about the times “when the Master” comes, asking the question – what will he find? One thing is certain, we know – all of us will find ourselves, at the end of our lives, with the realisation that the things of this world are passing and temporary. No-one will ask us whether we lived in a mansion, or if we were successful in this world’s terms. Instead we will be asked about the kind of way in which we lived – and about our relationships with God. Are we ready for that day? That is the essential question.

            I once talked with a potential bridegroom about his faith and his reasons for wanting to marry in church. With great honesty he replied that he felt he could do more good by not attending on a Sunday, “droning through old fashioned hymns” (he obviously had never heard our singing!)  Honest, I say, but mistaken. I wonder what Jesus will have to say to all of us when we reach this position?


Ian Cardinal


Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone  

            318                              566

            73                                73

                        26                                473

566/342                       287/53

285                              246


Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery,  Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall,

Emily Franks, John Richardson, Annette McMullen, Peter Bowler,   

Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor, Graham Baker,

Jackie Finnemore,  James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott, Molly Wright


And for the departed:

Michael Tranmer, Doreen Pearson, Catherine Brookes

Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Tuesday 13th NO DROP INN CAFÉ

Thursday 15th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W


LADIES OUTINGBook your places for Afternoon Tea at Aston Marina on Wednesday 18th September at 3.30pm. See Steph (from 21st July) – cost £16.


CREAM TEA AND EVENSONGNext week, at Aston St Saviour, Cream Tea will be served before the service of Evensong. Do please sign the list at the back of both Churches if you would like to partake


HISTORY AFTERNOON Saturday 24th August at 2.30pm Come and learn some of the interesting history of St Michael & St Wulfad’s Church.

Tickets £5.00, includes cream tea (tea, coffee, scones) and cake.

Contact Philip Leason for tickets (01785 817980).