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16th february 2020


By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 13 February 2020

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

BISHOP MICHAEL’S VISITThe Bishop of Lichfield will preach and preside at both 9.15am at Aston and 10.45am on that day. Do make a special effort to attend – we have not seen a Bishop of Lichfield at our services since 1996 and 2008 respectively!

 

This week’s gospel is one of those purple passages in the Scriptures that I imagine many of us remember: “Consider the Lilies of the field” says Jesus – with the obvious inference that we should not worry. “Your Heavenly Father feeds them” says Jesus about the wild birds of his day – so why be too concerned?

The problem is that it is so difficult not to worry. One of the things my Father used to say to me when I was anxious about something was that “people who are never worried have no imagination!” I confess to being a worrier – and sometimes things get on top of me like that

But I don’t think Jesus really means the passage as a criticism: he’s not decrying us as faithless when we toil and fret about something. And I don’t think for a minute he means us to do silly things – not bothering with insurance, or even locking the car or front door! No, he is rather pointing out that a lot of people spend their time chasing the wrong things! When we gnaw away about not having the latest fashion or passing the latest exam, then actually we are missing the point of life. Jesus would rather we were happy with what we have – contentment is a great thing

A friend tells the story of a professor who asked his students to get the air out of a drinking glass. Impossible! You can neither pour it out nor shake it out. What you can do is to fill it with a liquid like water, and hey presto! It’s done. Maybe Jesus suggests we fill our lives with faith in him and then the worries have less hold.

 

STOP PRESSZoe Anne Lough arrived on 12.2.20 at 22.21pm, weighing 6lbs 3oz.  Granny and Granddad Cardinal are thrilled! J

Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

            82                                82

            126                              126

                        544                              311

500/308                       61/73

342                              Sheet

 

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,    Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott, Molly Wright, Norman Latham,

 

And for the departed:

Ken Johnson, Joyce Crowther, Pauline Matthews, Patricia Lowe, Ted Anderson, Evelyn Cotterell

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 18th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café – St Michael’s hall

Thursday 20th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

WEDDING FAIR:Sunday 23rd February – from 11am till 3pm.  Margaret Moss and Christine Connolly have a list of help they need over the weekend. Please do whatever you can!

There will be no 10.45am Service that day. Opportunities to take communion will be as usual at 8am and 9.15am that day

 

LADIES OUTING:  Wednesday March 11th 12.30pm, lunch at Amerton Farm. Please see Steph in order to book your place and get information. Final date to book and pay is March 1st

 

MARCH 1ST GOLF CLUB LUNCH, hosted by Aston Church Social Committee. – cost £17.50. Tickets available from all members and Sheets for choices are available at the back of each church

 

ASH WEDNESDAYis February 26th. There will a service of Holy Communion with the blessing and imposition of Ashes held at St Michael & St Wulfad at 7.30pm. Details of our Lent Speakers are to follow

 

 

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