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17th February 2019

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 13 February 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


LADIES GROUPNames and money are needed ASAP for our visit to Middleport Pottery on Thursday 14th March. See Mary at Aston and Nichola at Stone. Book your place this week or next 24/2/19


PARISH LUNCHAT St M&W on March 17th. If you would like to share lunch with us, please have a word with Nichola Abbott - 814134


There is a hymn we have sometimes sung in our churches

O Lord, all the world belongs to You

and You are always making all things new.

What is wrong, You forgive,

and the new life You give

is what’s turning the world upside down.

It seems very appropriate to the verses we have as this week’s gospel reading:- every verse ends with the same words – “Turning the world upside down.” It emphasises the topsy- turvy nature of what Jesus is preaching. To the world of First Century Palestine it must have seemed almost incomprehensible.

It is plain that Jesus is preaching a radical reversal of the world in which we live. Here God seems rather to suggest that those who are important are those who are of least significance in the world’s eyes. It simply isn’t going to be riches or property that matter in his Kingdom. The really great thing is about those who are the forgotten or left out

It sounds very like idealism. But perhaps we are asked simply to remember those who live like this. Remember Mother Theresa? One of the lasting impressions she gave the world was where she spent time helping to cut the toenails of a man who was dying, that she had literally found living in a dustbin. In the end it isn’t things that matter – rather people. And we are challenged by Jesus words today, to think about the least in our society. The Kingdom of Heaven is where true riches will be found – not the passing trifles that this world values


Ian Cardinal


Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            82                                82

            63                                63

544                              311

500/342                       127/73

319                              sheet

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, Richard Kempa, Joyce Crowther, Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright


And for the departed:

Beryl Daw, Robert George Spicer

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 19th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café– St Michael’s Hall

Thursday 21st 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

Saturday 23rd 7.00 for 7.30pm Hot Pot Supper – Aston Village hall


HOT POT SUPPERSaturday 23 February at 7.30pm at Aston Village Hall.  Tickets are £10 from Aston Social Committee members. Revd Alison will be sharing stories and pictures from a visit to Swaziland with 'Hands At Work in Africa' at the start of her training for ministry, and will be telling us about her visit next month to our link Diocese of Matlosane in South Africa. Do buy a ticket and come along to this very popular evening in our social calendar.


HOLY DUSTERS NEEDEDAT St M&W. Currently a very small band meet once per month on a Thursday at 9am. Not everyone can attend at that time and age is catching up with some of us:- Can you help? Please see Glenda or Jean


ELECTORAL ROLL2019 is the year when our roll is legally started over again. Forms for every member of our Church to be registered will be available soon. Please see Glenda at St M&W and Mary at St Saviour’s