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16th September 2018

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 13 September 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


“Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?””  This week’s gospel opens with these words – and in an age that glorifies diversity and choice, they have never been more apt.

CS Lewis wrote “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic—on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg—or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronising nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

So who do you say Jesus is? And perhaps, more pertinent still – what do our lives say about Jesus? A great preacher once quoted a tale about a rather overzealous Christian, who could never have any conversation other than Christian witness, as they saw it. On this occasion that person was badgering away at an Atheist who was rejecting his attempts. “Why can you not hear what I am saying?” The devastating reply was “because what you are speaks louder than what you say!”

Food for thought for us all! May our lives be seasoned with the love and light of heaven


Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            220                              82                   

                        39                                167

                        106                              422

                        325/404                       308/4

388                              388


Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery,  Peter and Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, 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,  Elsie Woodcock, John & Ann Shuttleworth, Sheila Howells


And for the departed:

Doreen Knight, Valerie Gilbert, Sheila Taylor, Graham Forrester, Philip Taylor, Bob Dent, Rona Watkins

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


PARISH DIARIES Pick up your 2019 diary now - £2.50 donation


MESSY CHURCH - More volunteers needed! Next session is Saturday 29th September


HERITAGE OPEN DAYat St M&W Saturday 6th October. Lots of volunteers needed for the day when we often get a LOT of visitors!


HARVEST THANKSGIVINGHarvest Eucharist at St M&W 10.45am Sunday 7th October, at Aston Sunday 14th October. Harvest Supper Saturday 13th October at St Michael’s Hall 7pm with guest entertainment