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18th November 2012


By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 18 November 2012

 

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

INTERCESSIONS BOARD is now in full use. The names on the board will be read out once each month in full and every candle lit and prayer said will be for those whose names appear. Flame cards are available for people to add their own prayers

 

Jesus rules OK?” It would be easy to imagine the kind of 1st Century graffiti that might have appeared once. This is the Kingdom season – from All Saints to Advent – that culminates on the festival of Christ the King on 25th November

But it wouldn’t have raised much of a smile all those years ago: to proclaim Jesus as King was to proclaim a threat to the rulers of the day. The Official religion was still the Roman Pantheon, part of which was to worship the Emperor as divine himself. Every Roman Coin bore the legend “Caesar is Lord” and to proclaim Jesus was regarded as a serious act of sedition, punishable by death!

All of which is amazing when you think of the Carpenter’s Son from Nazareth. Far from desiring wealth and temporal power, Jesus reigns from the Cross: his Kingdom, he says, is not of this world – not that it makes it any less real or effective. Today our readings remind us that the things we become vexed about, the things that we too often focus upon, will all be swept away one day. Even our churches are temporary and ephemeral and will pass away when his Kingdom comes in all its fullness

So the challenge to the people of the Kingdom is to live its life and its values here and now. Just as Jesus is the radical King, so we are called to be the radical people – the people whose hearts and minds march to a very different drumbeat. Today we are invited to the great feast in Heaven and have its foretaste in our Eucharist

 

Ian Cardinal

 

 

Hymns for today

Aston

Stone

13

56

293

396

259

259

506/325

127/54

425

427

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Dorothy Burton, Mary Townsend, Vi Smith, Doreen Knight, Joan Taylor, Rosie Kent, Bunty Beecham, Toyah Carter, Kathleen Pickering

And for the departed:

Baby Declan Croft, Alathea Edwards, Peter Heath

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 20th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn Café – St Michael’s hall

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

 

ASTON CHRISTMAS FAIR from 2pm on Saturday 24th November – a big welcome to all comers!

 

STIR UP SUNDAY is 25th November and we shall be making Christmas puddings during the 10.45am Service at St Michael & St Wulfad’s. If you wish to order a pudding they are £3.50 a pint – through Christine Connolly

 

WALTON CAROL CONCERT is November 25th at 3pm in the Community centre, with the Choir from Pirehill School. Do come and support this event (additionally they are donating some of the collection to St M&W Boiler fund)

 

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL at St Michael & St Wulfad is Nov 30th - Dec 2nd. Rotas for duty are now at the back of Church to complete. This event will include THE ADVENT CONCERT on Nov 30th at 7pm – with Stone Town Band and the choirs from St Michael’s School and Pirehill School. Always a great event – do support this event! SATURDAY 1ST is the COFFEE MORNING from 10am till 12 Noon(Cakes & Tombola items needed!): and finally on Dec 2nd CHRISTINGLE SERVICE at 4pm with the Mayor announcing the winner of the displays