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19th June 2022


By Nichola Abbott - Posted on 16 June 2022

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

 

Dear Friends,

It is a fact that the demons inside us and among us are at work to confuse and torment us. These demons, whether we look at them as strong negative emotions such as guilt and fear or as real works of Satan, are powerful forces. If our faith is not strong, these forces would destroy our sense of well-being.

Our gospel tells the encounter of Jesus with two demoniacs. The latter recognized the divinity of Jesus and pleaded not to destroy them. Eventually, the demons were banished to the sea where they were drowned.

The swineherds saw what happened and ran away. The people who heard their story became so afraid of the divine power in Jesus that they begged Him to leave. This is what happens when we lack knowledge and faith. Sometimes, when we don’t like the message, we become hateful of the messenger. Jesus comes with the message of hope and deliverance but instead of welcoming and appreciating the good news, many people cover their ears and let their fear and guilt takeover. Worst, these present day demoniacs drive away or even persecute the heralds of the good news.

Our reading shows us that the power of the Divine is in control and at the end of the day, the good wins over evil. This is our source of hope.

 

Nichola

Hymns for today

Aston                                      Stone

343                                          243     

39                                            39

501                                          422

220/334                                   261/334

362                                          321

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Elsie Richardson, Vera Tomkinson, Gary Kelsall, John Richardson, Peter Bowler, Catherine Ritchie, Miles Brain, John & Ann Shuttleworth, Margaret Wright, Molly Wright, Norman Latham, Gillian Wright, John Hargreaves, June Stringer, Pam Miles, Jean Gulliver, Margaret Tomlinson, Dave McGlynn, Sue Kenchington, Carl Hartley, Helen Tallent,,Joan Hartley & Lin Davies.

For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends:

 Michael Barr, Kath Moore, John Stanier & Trevor Plant

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Monday 20th  3.30pm Adventurers St Michaels School

Tuesday 21st  11.45 – 1pm   Drop Inn Lunch St Michaels Hall

Thursday 16th  10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

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SUMMER CONCERT: Our next concert is on Saturday 2nd July at 4pm. Performed by our very own Organist Alex. Do come along and support him. Entry is £5 on the door including refreshments.

 

 

MAYORS PARLOUR VISIT:  The Worshipful Mayor and Mayoress ofStafford (also known as Philip and Edith) would like to invite the members of St. Michael & St. Wulfad’s and St. Saviours churches to visit the Mayors Parlour in Stafford on Monday 4th July at 7.00 p.m. The visit will include a talk on the civic regalia by the Mayor’s Sargent and refreshments. If you would like to attend please sign the list at the back of each church by Sunday 26th June and indicate if there are any dietary requirements.

 

SIDESPERSONS & COFFEE ROTA:Can you help? We are looking for people to assist as sidespersons at 8am and 10.45am. We are also in need of people to join the Coffee Rota as we would really like to get refreshments up and running but need help. Please speak to Nichola if you can help.

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