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19th August 2018

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 19 August 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


            I was talking to a lady this week who had taken her child to a foreign country on holiday. Sadly the child didn’t like the food there and refused to eat any of the more wholesome dishes that were on offer. Instead she existed on a dish of baked beans and a small square of toast! I suspect we’ve all been there. I was terrible about vegetables for a very long time – and only as I became an adult did I discover a taste for some of the things that we now accept as being wonderful for our “five a day”

            How good are you at knowing what is good for you? Would you be tempted by – chocolate – or sweets in general – or even alcohol? In our Gospel this week Jesus tells us what we need for our spiritual sustenance. He again declares that his flesh is the bread from heaven – and that he gives it for the life of the world. But his hearers are those who won’t take good advice. Their minds are so literal and so closed that they refuse him. Rather they would fall into an argument about what Jesus could mean; but this sort of thing is not for a debating society – it’s about health

            So today Jesus offers us a choice: we can accept our lives as needing him – or we can turn our backs on the “bread of life” and think that we know best! The trouble is that we do NOT know best – and we see the ultimate destination of those who go their own way as we look at some of the saddest items in the news this week. How much better to come to the “living bread that came down from heaven”?

            Humans are not good at making great choices. All too often we reject the sustenance that God offers for our lives. But the truth is that God’s free gift in Jesus is available for everyone


Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            232                              15                   

                        442                              39

                        319                              531

                        73/452                         319/392

313                              56


Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

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,  Elsie Woodcock


And for the departed:

Ethel Barlow, Jim Rushton, Charles Dixon, Valerie Finley, Valerie Gilbert, Joseph Watson, Vera Kingston, Gloria Jones, Jeffrey Timmis

Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Tuesday 21st 10am – 3pm HOLIDAY AT HOME day

Thursday 23rd 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W


LADIES GROUP: Please can all those who have booked a place for the September outing see Steph this Sunday? (19th)


PARISH DIARIES Once again the group Communitas have arranged for us to sell Diariues for the good of our parishes. For 2019 we suggest a minimum donation of £2.50 for a good quality diary – not too soon to be thinking about stocking fillers!! All proceeds go to our Church funds


JANE AND TONY’S LAST SUNDAYis Sept 9th. On that day there will be a shared meal to say our farewells for the whole Benefice. Sheets are at the back to be signed