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12th August 2018

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 20 August 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

            “Who wants to live forever?” sang Freddie Mercury and the band, Queen a long time ago. It seems a daft question – and yet the answer must really be “lots of people!” After all, aren’t our screens filled with products to stop us looking our age? How many different things can you think of that offer to “regenerate” your looks? And so on and so forth.

            I guess it was probably always the same. Underneath it all, so many people are still scared of dying. I used to work with someone who moaned continuously one Christmas: why? Because the feature film being shown was “Love story” – “we don’t want to think about that kind of thing over Christmas!”

            So everyone must have sat up straight when Jesus said “Whoever believes has eternal life.” But what did he mean? Some of the first Christians thought it meant that the end of the world was coming before they would die – and were very confused when Christians, along with everyone else, ended their natural life spans.

            The plain emphasis of what Jesus is talking about is a life with God:- one that is so rich, so full, so satisfying that it begins here and now on earth – and will continue in fellowship with him once our time on this earth is over. The text is an invitation:- don’t be bamboozled by the things of this world – they are all temporary! Instead, let’s concentrate on that which is truly important

            I always find it both distressing and foolish when people say things about “being a Christian and yet not going to Church.” It simply doesn’t make sense of course. Who, if they really have that inner glory that is God’s grace and blessing, would want to avoid being with him for an hour in worship?

            So come to him who is the “Bread of life.” Whoever eats of this bread will live for ever!


Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            361                              501                 

                        67                                127

                        226                              26

                        127/342                       339/73

186                              186


Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Doreen Knight, Noelle Emery,  Peter and Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, Jocelyn James, Emily Franks, John Richardson, Annette McMullen, Peter Bowler, Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor, Graham Baker, Jackie Finnemore, Wendy Gee, James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  Elsie Woodcock


And for the departed:

Ethel Barlow, Jim Rushton, Charles Dixon

Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Monday 13th 11am Funeral of Ethel Barlow St M&W

Tuesday 14th 2pm Magazine Committee meeting

Thursday 16th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W


LADIES GROUP: only one week to book your place at World of Wedgwood – for Wednesday 5th September. Afternoon tea - £16, optional museum tour £5. Please see Steph ASAP


HOLIDAY AT HOMEAugust 21st. Appeal is for Kitchen roll inners & empty “Pringle” tubes with lids to make kaleidoscopes. Please see Edith


PARISH DIARIES Once again the group Communitas have arranged for us to sell Diariues for the good of our parishes. For 2019 we suggest a minimum donation of £2.50 for a good quality diary – not too soon to be thinking about stocking fillers!! All proceeds go to our Church funds