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18th August 2019

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 15 August 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


Tough words in this week’s gospel “Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division!” Perhaps you are thinking it doesn’t happen like that anymore, in polite 21st Century Britain?

When I was at college, there was someone studying with me; he had a really tough time of it – but not because he found the studying hard or anything like that. No, the tough part for him was a weekly letter he got from his parents. Instead of being proud of a Son that was studying for the Priesthood, he received a diatribe from his Mother that always ended “When are you going to stop this silly nonsense, come home and get a proper job?”  Terribly sad, of course, but not totally unknown, even today

Jesus talks this week about the demands of the gospel: how those who choose his way have to be single minded in the way that they live. This calling for each Christian will make some hard decisions inevitable: it may indeed start to demand a conflict with the things we would naturally like to do – and certainly demands that we live differently from the ways of the World

Think for a moment about the things that we may be called to do: at one stage there was almost a pride in people who claimed they were suffering “road rage” when they behaved aggressively or unkindly. And what about the times we are called to speak up for those who have no voice? It’s sometimes fashionable to say that our Government should reduce or cancel the tiny proportion of our income that is spent on relief efforts? What do you think Jesus would say about that kind of thing?

So being a Christian means we must be tough. It’s one of the most stupid remarks ever that our faith gives us a crutch to rely on in difficult times. The truth is that our faith is “Comfort to the troubled – but trouble to the comfortable!” The costs may indeed be high – but the eternal rewards are millions of times larger.


Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone  

            197                              467

            296                              296

                        226                              393

463/404                       364/231

136                              448


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,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott, Molly Wright


And for the departed:

Michael Tranmer, Beryl Brookes, Joyce Evans, Janet Brenda Chattaway


Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Tuesday 20th NO DROP INN CAFÉ

Thursday 22nd 10.30am Holy Communion – St Michael & St Wulfad


LADIES OUTINGBook your places for Afternoon Tea at Aston Marina on Wednesday 18th September at 3.30pm. See Steph (from 21st July) – cost £16. Final week to book and pay is August 25th


CREAM TEA AND EVENSONGThis Sunday, 18th, at Aston St Saviour, Cream Tea will be served before the service of Evensong.


HISTORY AFTERNOON Saturday 24th August at 2.30pm Come and learn some of the interesting history of St Michael & St Wulfad’s Church.

Tickets £5.00, includes cream tea (tea, coffee, scones) and cake.

Contact Philip Leason for tickets (01785 817980).


AUTUMN FAIR Saturday 14th September – St Michael & St Wulfad’s, from 10.00 a.m. to 12.30; A replacement for the garden party that was due to be held earlier in the year.