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13th May 2018


By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 09 May 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

SANDON ESTATE WALK: Following the enjoyable walk around Chartley Castle last year we have arranged another walk this year again led by David Wilkinson around part of the Sandon estate on Thursday 28th June. Meeting at the church at 6.45 p.m. ready to start the walk at 7.00 p.m.  There is a car park at the church.     After visiting the church we shall visit the moated site of the original Sandon Hall and view where the lost village was located.  We will then walk into the park and a view the recently restored tower removed from the former Trentham Hall.  The cost of the walk is £2 which will collected on the night.  If you are interested please sign the sheet and the back of both churches.

 

            “Let’s take back control!” – now, where have you heard those words before? OK, I’m being slightly naughty in the way I’m about to use them – but aren’t they a part of the problem?

            If we read the Book of Genesis and the story of the Fall of Humankind, it’s quite clear what is being said. The first people are supposed to be dependent on God – but instead, they are determined to use their own judgment and they reject God’s guidance and wisdom. In effect they “take back control” and say they can manage better on their own. The whole human At this time of year we are offered something profoundly different. The risen Jesus ascends into Heaven with the promise of the Holy Spirit that is to come to his followers. For those who will accept him, this reverses the mistakes of human history:- Christ becomes King of the Universe – and the Holy Spirit is there to guide and to strengthen us in our daily living. The curse of Eden is made null and void – for those who will surrender that false illusion of control and give it back to God, where it belongs!

            At one stage in my priestly ministry it was fashionable to have played at funerals Frank Sinatra singing “My Way.”  I don’t suppose anyone meant anything by it, but couldn’t it describe the very problem of our world?

 

Ian Cardinal

 Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            432                              81                   

                        296                              432

                        13                                26

                        82/288                        288/296

103                              103

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Ron Burton, Mary Townsend, Doreen Knight, Noelle Emery,  Peter and Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, Rosemary Tranter, 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

 

And for the departed:

Ray Jones, Jack Gilford, John Marsh, Irene Ralphs, Rex Jones, Neil Shardlow

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Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Monday14th/Tuesday 15th OPEN DOOR children in St M&W

Tuesday 15th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café – St Michael’s hall

Thursday 17th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

PARISH LUNCH:This Sunday! (May 13th) for St M&W 260th anniversary. No charge, but please get your names on the list in Church

 

LADIES MEETING is next on June 21st. (apologies – Cathedral v busy). Leave Stone 9.30am, 10.30am Tour of Cathedral, followed sandwich lunch, cake, coffee and tea at Chapters. Please see Steph Cardinal by May 27th to book your place. Total cost £15 – money please to Steph with booking

 

SUMMER EVENSONGat St Saviour’s May 20th at 6.30pm. All welcome

 

CONCERT: with the Choir of St Michael’s School and Stone recorder group29th June 6.30pm. Tickets available from Christine Burton - £7 .

            At this time of year we are offered something profoundly different. The risen Jesus ascends into Heaven with the promise of the Holy Spirit that is to come to his followers. For those who will accept him, this reverses the mistakes of human history:- Christ becomes King of the Universe – and the Holy Spirit is there to guide and to strengthen us in our daily living. The curse of Eden is made null and void – for those who will surrender that false illusion of control and give it back to God, where it belongs!

            At one stage in my priestly ministry it was fashionable to have played at funerals Frank Sinatra singing “My Way.”  I don’t suppose anyone meant anything by it, but couldn’t it describe the very problem of our world?

 

Ian Cardinal

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