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14th June 2019

By Nichola Abbott - Posted on 12 July 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


Dear Friends,


As I prepare this pewsheet, I have just been to see an amazing performance of the musical Godspell. Performed entirely by a cast of youngsters who sang and danced their socks off.

For those of you unfamiliar with the musical, it is based on the parables in the Gospel According to St Matthew.


The word “Gospel” is derived from the old Anglo Saxon word “Godspell” meaning good message or good news.


One of the parables got me thinking about todays’ Gospel reading – which is from St Luke – the parable of the Good Samaritan. In Matthews Gospel, Jesus is asked about the greatest commandment, but in Luke, the lawyer asks what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus responds with amongst other things, love your neighbour as yourself. The lawyer asked who was this neighbour whom he should love as himself.

We all know how the story of the Good Samaritan goes. – the hated enemy is the compassionate neighbour in this parable.

Jesus has demolished all boundary expectations.  It is not social definitions such as class, religion, gender, or ethnicity that determines who is our neighbour. A neighbour is a person who acts with compassion toward another. The point becomes not who deserves to be loved as I love myself, but that I become a person who treat

s everyone with compassion. When Jesus asks the lawyer who was the neighbour in the story, the lawyer can't bring himself to say it was the Samaritan. All he says is that it was “the one who treated him with mercy.” Jesus' response was

“Go and do likewise.” The lawyer, and we, know what is right. The key is to do it.

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            246                              246

            53                                53

                        393                              26

463                              325/452

319                              522


Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery,  Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall,

Emily Franks, John Richardson, Annette McMullen, Peter Bowler,   

Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor, Graham Baker,

Jackie Finnemore,  James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott


And for the departed:

Bob Philips, Simon Howard, Liz Osborne, Peter Gallacher, John Wood, Errol Hiscox, Mary Wesson, Graham Cooper, Michael Tranmer, Doreen Pearson, Gillian Bond and Dorothy Read


Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Tuesday 16th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn Café – St Michael’s Hall

Thursday 18th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W


LIZ OSBORNE’S FUNERALtimes are now confirmed as 11.30am for a private family Committal at the Crematorium, followed by a Thanksgiving and memorial service at Aston St Saviour at 12.30pm on Thursday 25th July. All are welcome at Aston


MARY WESSON’S FUNERALwill be held at St Michael & St Wulfad’s Church on Friday 26th July, 1.30pm


LADIES OUTINGBook your places for Afternoon Tea at Aston Marina on Wednesday 18th September at 3.30pm. See Steph (from 21st July) – cost £16.



Nichola Abbott