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12th January 2020


By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 09 January 2020

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

“I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins….”Something we say every Sunday, and sometimes on days in between. It is, of course, the latest version of the Nicene Creed, a statement of faith, evolved down the centuries, keeping (most) Christians to a single statement of faith that is regarded as normative

But what do we mean by “one baptism”? Many of us were tiny when we were baptised – apparently I was 3 months old and screamed all the way through mine – look what happened to me! Some Christians still claim this not to be a valid baptism – that only a professing and believing adult can commit themselves in this way

The history is, of course, rather more complicated than that. The Hebrews of old had no truck with this kind of thinking. Every male Jew was admitted into a special relationship with God and their community, 8 days after they were born, when they were circumcised and named. It seems very likely that the first Christians simply followed that practice. When a leader of a household became a Christian and was baptised, every member of that household was admitted to God’s promise as well – slaves, men and women and even tiny children. It wasn’t just about whether or not they could state belief – it was about a God who called everyone into a Covenant with him. We see echoes of this early in the New Testament

Baptism is about God’s promise to us. It’s about It’s about admitting us into a fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ. It is symbolic of death and resurrection – and is part of the seal of the Holy Spirit, as promised to us

This Sunday’s readings are devoted to the account of Jesus’s baptism. Our Eastern Orthodox brothers and sisters are fond of reminding us that this is deeply Trinitarian: all three elements of the Godhead are there and active, Father Son and Holy Spirit. As we continue in our ministry of baptism in our churches, may we see and know that wonderful God who welcomes us into his family, active amongst us today

Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

            113                              113

            75                                75

                        451                              209

491/367                       287/367

394                              71

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend,  Elsie Richardson, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, John Richardson, Peter Bowler,  Catherine Ritchie,  Graham Baker,  James Astle, Miles Brain,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott, Molly Wright, Norman Latham, Joyce Crowther

 

And for the departed:

George Wright, Norman Goodwin, Jeff Smith, Phyllis Hunter

 

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 14th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café – St Michael’s hall

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

 

SUNDAY SCHOOLcontinues this Sunday in the vestry of St Michael & St Wulfad’s church. Do keep the leaders and children in your prayers and pray for its success

 

WEDDING FAIRSunday 23rd February – from 11am till 3pm. Local businesses will be involved in displaying their wares and services in St Michael & St Wulfad’s Church.

For us as congregations, this is a wonderful opportunity to promote the idea of Christian marriage – not just a pretty venue, but a time to ask God’s blessing on relationships, to think about hopes and promises for the future.

We will need people to welcome them on the day, to provide refreshments and information about what each of our churches can offer

Do have a word with Margaret Moss or Christine Connolly about what help you might be able to offer

Service pattern at St Michael & St Wulfad’s will be very different that day. Keep an eye open for details

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