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17th March 2013


By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 17 March 2013

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

This Sunday begins the latter part of Lent, known as Passiontide. In this season the clouds that have begun to gather in Jesus’s confrontations with the religious authorities begin to loom large. The shadow of the Cross lies across all our services and we know where this will lead, as did Jesus

In Church we mark this in a variety of ways: in many places the ornaments of the Church are veiled in honour of the coming Passion: and from Palm Sunday the liturgical colour is changed to a deep Passiontide red. We know the shallowness of the crowd’s adulation and how the cries will change from “Hosanna” to “Crucify” all too easily

What does it all mean? Why does it have to be this way? The word “Passion” is derived from the Latin word to suffer of course – and this gives a great clue to the answer. There are so many theories of why Jesus dies that it would take a massive tome to begin to attempt any answer. But perhaps we can reflect on this: as Jesus dies, he chooses to stand with a suffering world: he dies as a member of an exploited minority race: he dies betrayed by his friend and abandoned by those he loves: he dies with the lonely, the dispossessed and the downtrodden

So it is not too much of a stretch for us to say that Jesus today stands with the bereaved and the homeless of our society: he stands with the children and refugees of war-torn Syria: he stands with those who are persecuted for their faith – and he stands as a witness to the God who cares so deeply that he sent his only Son!

One of the things that has impressed me during the last few months has been the generosity of our congregations to the work of the “House of Bread.” Perhaps the works of Jesus are still alive and well as we start this solemn and important season.

 

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

Aston

Stone

404

404

359

159

346

30

344/227

389/227

492

492

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Dorothy Burton, Mary Townsend, Vi Smith, Rosie Kent, Bunty Beecham, Toyah Carter, Kathleen Pickering, Norma Deakin, Joan & Albert Pinfield, Maureen Evans, Marie Hawley, Frank Beech & Caitlin Austin

And for the departed:

Samuel Cann

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 19th 11.45-1pm Drop-Inn lunch – IN CHURCH

Wednesday 20th 7.30pm Holy Communion & Lent address – St M&W

Thursday 21st 10.30am Holy Communion – St Michael & St Wulfad

 

LENT COURSE March 20th “ I’m Spiritual, not religious!” – a

confused statement? - The Rev’d Ian Cardinal

 

THE BIG SPRING CLEAN is looming at St Michael’s on Saturday 23rd March. This is a massive area to tackle of course and your help is needed if we are to do more than “scratch the surface.” Please have a word with Nichola or Jean if you can come

 

FOOD BANK Last week a leaflet came through some doors in Stone labeled “Staffordshire Food bank.” This is nothing to do with the Stafford group ‘House of Bread’ that we support in Church and it has become apparent that items given are being passed on for sale, though admittedly at cheap rates. ‘House of Bread’ gives food away freely to the Homeless and we are happy to support them

 

Maundy Thursday bus to Lichfield Only one Minibus this year so first come first served. Sheets at the back of each Church to fill in

 

PASCHAL BREAKFAST, after the 6am service on Easter Day. If you would like to eat, please sign the list