You are here13th September 2020

13th September 2020

By Alison Hudson - Posted on 11 September 2020

St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone

and St Saviour Church, Aston

Sunday 13 September 2020



Sunday Services

8am and 10.45am St Michael & St Wulfad, 9.15am St Saviour

Sunday Afternoon Prayervia Zoom/telephone 4pm

Thursday CommunionSt Michael & St Wulfad 10.30am


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    

Fr John Cotterill 07734 815838

Dennis Abbott 01785 814134                         

Lin Davies 01889 505094

  Church is open for worship

We are delighted that our churches are open for worship. At St Michael’s we enter through the main door and exit through the south door. Seating will be in the central body of the church.

All cushions have been removed, so do bring your own if you would find that more comfortable. Services will be a Said Communion, with just bread being distributed. You will be asked to stand, not kneel, at the altar and follow a one-way system. There will be no singing and no service sheets, but all the words you need will be projected onto the screen.

Please sanitise your hands as you enter church and maintain social distancing at all times. There are no refreshments, but toilet facilities are available.


Face Masks

Current government guidance is that we are required to wear a face mask in church, unless exempt on medical grounds. The ministry team will wear masks or visors at the door, but not during the service, apart from at the distribution of Bread.



Regular Giving

To minimise the handling of cash, could 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

Thank you!



Stone with Aston Sunday afternoon prayers

This is a short service (approximately 20 minutes) that we are able to share in together at 4pm each Sundayvia phone or internet.

Just before 4pm, either phone one of these numbers (the cost should be the same as a normal phone call):

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 via the following ‘Zoom’ link

This week we will be using the Week 2 Service Sheet. Do contact Alison if you need a copy of this.


The Collect for Sunday

Almighty God, whose only Son has opened for us a new and living way into your presence: give us pure hearts and steadfast wills to worship you in spirit and in truth; 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







Readings for Sunday 13 September

Genesis 50: 15-21                   Romans 14: 1-12           Matthew 18: 21-35


Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.”


For our reflection this week, I am drawing on some wisdom of the Desert Fathers and Mothers who were early Christian hermits around the third century AD. They went out into the desert to live in solitude, but gradually gathered together into communities and were renowned for their prayerful wisdom. People sought them out for inspiration and guidance and they influenced the beginnings of many other Christian monastic communities through the ages. These sayings are published in ‘Celtic Daily Prayer’ from the Northumbria Community.


Abba Isaiah said “When someone wishes to render evil for evil, he is able to hurt his brother’s conscience even by a single not.”

A brother who was insulted by another brother came to Abba Sisois and said to him: ‘I was hurt by my brother, and I want to avenge myself.’ The old man tried to console him and said: ‘Do not do that, my child. Rather leave vengeance to God/’ But he said ‘I will not quit until I avenge myself.’ Then the old man said: ‘Let us pray, brother.’ And standing up he said: ‘O God, we no longer need you to take care of us since we now avenge ourselves.’ Hearing these words, the brother fell at the feet of the old man and said: ‘I am not going to fight with my brother any more. Forgive me, Abba.’


Abba Agatho used to say: “If you are able to revive the dead, but not be willing to be reconciled to your neighbour – it is better to leave the dead in the grave.”

There was a certain Elder who, if anyone maligned him, would go in person to offer him presents, if he lived nearby. And if he lived at a distance he would send presents by the hand of another.


Abba Alonius said: “Humility is the land where God wants us to go and offer sacrifice.”

One of the Elders was asked: ‘What is humility?’ He answered: ‘If you forgive a brother who has injured you before he himself asks pardon.’

A brother asked another of the Elders: ‘What is humility?’  The Elder answered him: ‘To do good to those who do evil to you.’ The brother asked: ‘Supposing a man can’t go that far, what should he do?’ The Elder replied: ‘Let him get away from them and keep his mouth shut.’



United in the company of all the faithful and looking for the coming of the kingdom, let us offer our prayers to God, the source of all life and holiness.


Merciful Lord, strengthen all Christian people by your Holy Spirit, that we may live as a royal priesthood and a holy nation to the praise of Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Lord, have mercy.


Bless Michael our bishop, and all ministers of your Church, that by faithful proclamation of your word we may be built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets into a holy temple in the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


Empower us by the gift of your holy and life-giving Spirit, that we may be transformed into the likeness of Christ from glory to glory.

Lord, have mercy.

Give to the world and its peoples the peace that comes from above, that they may find Christ’s way of freedom and life.

Lord, have mercy.


Hold in your embrace all who witness to your love in the service of the poor and needy; all those who minister to the sick and dying; and all who bring light to those in darkness.

Lord, have mercy.


Touch and heal all those whose lives are scarred by sin or disfigured by pain, that, raised from death to life in Christ, their sorrow may be turned to eternal joy.

Lord, have mercy.


Remember in your mercy all those gone before us, who have been well-pleasing to you from eternity; preserve in your faith your servants on earth, guide us to your kingdom, and grant us your peace at all times.

Lord, have mercy.


Hasten the day when many will come from east and west, from north and south, and sit at table in your kingdom.

Lord, have mercy.


We give you thanks for the whole company of your saints in glory, with whom in fellowship we join our prayers and praises; by your grace may we, like them, be made perfect in your love.


Merciful Father,

accept these prayers for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen



Our weekly prayers 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, Carl Hartley, John Hargreaves, Pauline Bevans, Val Morris, Alan Holmes, June Stringer, Jayne Walker, Sue Kenchington, Angela Stott


For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends:

George Beecham, Dorothy Poole, Nancy Moss, Olive Munden, Anthony Gulliver


And those whose year’s mind falls in this month:

Ethel Rowley                                      Eliza Jane Maskrey

Wilfred Stanley Hope                         Francis Howard Sadler

Edith Mary Armstrong                       Gordon Wright

Kelvin Rose                                         Alice Hilda Porter

Elsie Doris Warrilow                          Allan Gordon Williams

Donald Leslie Riley                             Doreen Maskrey

Elsie Hollins                                        Allan Francis Richardson

Timothy Johnston                               Annie Baron

Gillian Marie Street                           Gwendoline Harvey

Kenneth John Salt                              Elizabeth Dytch

Walter Smith


If you would like any names to be added to this list, please email rector.stone@gmail.comor ring Revd Ian Cardinal on 01785 812747




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