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19th June 2016
The Parish Churches of
St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with
St Saviour Aston by Stone
Wasting time with God
It may be that we are tired of hearing about it, but Thursday June 23rd will be one of the most important days in our life time – and in the life time of our children and grandchildren. Whether the United Kingdom votes to remain in the European Union or to leave, the consequences will be far – reaching and impossible to fully determine. We might ask for more information but the reality is that no one can be sure what is going to happen on June 24th and in the subsequent weeks and months. However we vote, we are stepping into an unknown future.
It is not the role of a Bishop to tell you how you should vote but it is my responsibility as a leader of the Church to remind you that you should vote and offer a Christian perspective to this crucial decision.
There will be many different opinions expressed in these last days leading up to the Referendum and it is important that we listen to all views and then reflect on them prayerfully, asking the guidance of the Holy Spirit as to how we should vote.
Prayer has been described as ‘wasting time with God’ and that is a very good description. When you are in love with someone you simply enjoy being with them – not necessarily ‘doing’ anything but just ‘being’ in their company. So it is with God. In prayer we meet God. We learn to see the world and other people through God’s eyes and we begin to see ourselves through God’s eyes too. We start to understand what it really means to be loved sincerely and unconditionally for ever.
When some of us help as volunteers at the Night Church in the centre of the night – clubbing district of Hanley, we often have young people requesting prayer – invariably for others (especially for their grandparents!) but sometimes for themselves. When they ask that we should ‘do’ the praying we always say that of course we will but invite them to join with us in praying too. The sad response is often that they could not possibly pray because they do not know how to do it!
However we vote on June 23rd we cannot be certain of the future we are passing to our children and young people but if there is one gift that we can give them that will always be of benefit to them, it is to know the value of prayer and how to pray.
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Hymns for today
Please pray for the sick in the benefice:
Ron Burton, Mary Townsend, Ron Osborne, Doreen Knight, Noelle Emery, Andrew Kelsall, Peter and Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Glenn Ashall, Barbara Thornicroft, Roy & Barbara Ball, Baby Tanya Hancock, Vera Tomkinson, Crystal Jenkins, Neil Wynne, Gary Kelsall, Julia Johnson, Rosemary Tranter, Jocelyn James, Emily Franks, Hildred Deakin, Scott Brockhurst, Sara Stanyer, Bob Hickmott, Fr David Mellor, Vera (Kate) Shaw
And for the departed:
Patricia Scott, David Addyman, Blanche Slater, Lorys Bullough, Maureen Leese
Remembering their families and friends at this time
Tuesday 21st 11.45 am – 1 pm DROP INN CAFÉ – St Michael’s hall
Thursday 23rd 10.30 am Holy Communion – St M&W
Sunday 25th 10 am ORDINATION – Lichfield Cathedral
4 pm Welcome Tea and short service – St Michael’s Hall and then St M&W
ORDINATION SUNDAY Tickets for the Ordination have now all gone. An Afternoon tea of welcome will be served in St Michael’s hall on Sunday 26th at 4 pm and a short service of welcome in the evening. Please do come and greet Jane as she officially becomes our Assistant Curate!
SHALLOWFORD HOUSE 20th June: day of Bible teaching by Jonathan Lamb of the Keswick Convention: cost £25 including BBQ lunch. Tel 01785 760233
TRIP TO LEICESTER viewing cathedral, tomb of Richard III etc.: Tuesday September 20th – cost approx. £30 as organised by Martin & Peggy Gray. Sheet at back of church to sign