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17th June 2018

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 15 June 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


DEANERY SYNOD this week is held at Astonand we host a speaker in the Rev’d George Fisher, on Evangelism (one of Bp Michael’s directions of travel.) All are welcome to this meeting – Tuesday 7.30pm


How do we expect to see God at work? Many people would expect to see an obvious miracle – a stream of lava changing direction in Hawaii. Maybe it would be another Lazarus rise from the dead – or even if we have financial problems, an unexpected inheritance or something like that

There’s quite a contrast to this in this week’s gospel. Instead of the abrupt interruption, lightning from Heaven kind of thing, Jesus talks about something that takes time. In an agricultural society he talks about seeds and the way that they grow. It’s a good illustration, because it often masks a tremendous amount of power: tree roots can shatter stone in time – and those of us that search for lost canals will know how fast nature takes over any site that is not carefully maintained

So Jesus says the Kingdom of God is often like a tiny seed. It may not look much – but, in the end, that seed accomplishes mighty things. In the case of the mustard seed it grows into something that can even accommodate birds nesting within its shade! So, if we are tempted to think that God doesn’t hear us, has gone away, or even is doing nothing, look for the small signs that he is at work.

In my first Parish in Leeds there was a family where the Son wanted to be Confirmed. His mother was anxious because his father was very much against all religion. But the son was Confirmed and something happened in her too, because she was Confirmed the following year. To everyone’s amazement, the next year it was the turn of the father – who then became leader of the Church cub scout group!  The last I heard of the family, the Son visited me on the way to a selection conference for Ordination. Truly God did mighty things and changed everything beyond recognition – in his own good time!


Ian Cardinal


Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            277                              17                   

                        53                                485

                        501                              226

                        364/127                       61/127

380                              466


Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Ron Burton, Mary Townsend, Doreen Knight, 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,  John Rowley


And for the departed:

Lilian Slater, Clare Austin and Eric Leonard Simpson

Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

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

          7.30pm – STONE DEANERY SYNOD – Aston Church ALL WELCOME

Wednesday 20th 7.30pm Team meeting - Rectory

Thursday21st 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W


EVENSONG AT ST SAVIOURS:This Sunday June 17th 6.30pm


SANDON ESTATE WALK:  Thursday 28th June (after Last year’s walk round Chartley castle.) Meet at 6.45pm at Sandon Church, ready to start at 7pm.  Visits made to the moated site of the original Sandon Hall and the recently restored Tower from Trentham Hall. Cost is £2 – sheets to sign at the rear of both Churches


CONCERT: with the Choir of St Michael’s School and Stone Recorder Group29th June 6.30pm. Tickets available from Christine Burton - £7


HOT POT SUPPER – a Victorian Evening:  Saturday June 30th in St Michael’s Hall. Speaker will be Brian Morris who will give a presentation of a "Victorian Magic lantern Show."  It is a light hearted account of life in Victorian England. Cost £7.50