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14th August 2016
The Parish Churches of
St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with
St Saviour Aston by Stone
We're not really into sport in our house, other than the Test series, of course. However, we got caught up in the excitement of the coverage of the synchronised diving from Rio, with its nailbiting finish, and the joyous achievement by our guys, Tom Daley and Daniel Goodfellow, in winning bronze medals. But all the divers displayed great courage, artistry, and, of course, synchronisation, as they jumped, sometimes backwards, off the 10m board. The Chinese, who were the eventual gold medallists, were absolutely together throughout their dives, which seemed, to our inexpert eyes, perfect.
But St. Paul, while encouraging us to work in teams, also uses the image of the human body to remind us to appreciate our diversity. 'If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? And if the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?' (1 Cor. 12: 17) We need to embrace our differences, rather than synchronise our similarities, so that the Church, the Body of Christ, can function at its greatest potential. We all need each other.
And our Epistle today, Hebrews 12, mentions the crowd of witnesses, cheering us on, rather like the crowd assembled in a vast stadium, as we journey through life. This includes the Communion of Saints, who, through their examples, give us excellent role models. But it also includes those around us who encourage us in our spiritual journeys. We give thanks for those we know and have known. And perhaps are challenged to be among that great crowd of witnesses, too, by encouraging those around us.
Jane Morris, Rev'd,
Hymns for today
Please pray for the sick in the benefice:
Ron Burton, Mary Townsend, Ron Osborne, Doreen Knight, Noelle Emery, Peter and Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Glenn Ashall, Barbara Thornicroft, Roy & Barbara Ball, Tanya Hancock, Vera Tomkinson, Neil Wynne, Gary Kelsall, Julia Johnson, Rosemary Tranter, Jocelyn James, Emily Franks, Hildred Deakin, Sara Stanyer, Bob Hickmott, Fr David Mellor,
Lindsay Hassall, John Richardson, David Simpson, Myrtle Summerly, Norman Ellis, Molly and Sarah Wright
And for the departed:
Freda Hogan, Crystal Jenkins, Andrew Kelsall
Remembering their families and friends at this time
Tuesday 16thNO DROP INN CAFÉ – St Michael’s hall
Thursday 18th 10.30 am Holy Communion – St M&W
BARBECUE AT St Michael & St Wulfad’s: Sunday 4th September after 10.45am Eucharist. The cost will be £7.50 per person, and this includes ice cream. Please bring your own drinks and cutlery...and your friends and family. All are welcome!
HOLIDAY AT HOME if you are not going away this August, why not try our “Holiday at home” in St Michael’s hall?
Tuesday 23rd. August, at St. Michael's Community Hall
10.00 am to 3.00 pm:
Games, crafts, refreshments and loads more!!
Sign up on the list at the back of each church.
(And please collect used and washed plastic bottles for one of the crafts)