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1st September 2019

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 29 August 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


SHALLOWFORD HOUSE OPEN GARDENS AND ART EXHIBITION. Sunday 8 September 2-4pm. Cream teas for sale. For more information speak to Revd Alison Hudson 07725 467246


            As many of you will know, my brother was a Circuit Judge. He once described to me the experience of going to a barbeque, where it was quite obvious that they were being ignored, because they weren’t part of the “in” crowd who all knew each other. Eventually one lady turned to him and said condescendingly “and what do you do?” When he replied he was “one of Her Majesty’s justices”, the woman’s expression changed and the assembled guests began to rather fawn about him!

            A shallow reaction, of course – and one doesn’t have to think long before we can answer the question as to what Jesus would think of such behaviour. At the polite dinner party to which he was invited in this week’s gospel, he is dismissive of those who vie for the top places. He tells a parable which talks of sitting down in the lowest place, in the hope of promotion, rather than thinking the best place is reserved for us

            Then Jesus goes a bit further. He says that we should throw parties, not for those who can repay us, but especially for those who can’t! I confess this challenges me:- not that we throw many dinner parties; but how many times do we do things in expectation that people will treat us similarly? All this reminds me of a poem that one of our congregation put in the magazine some years ago:


I dreamed death came the other night

And Heaven’s gate swung wide.

With kindly grace an angel ushered me inside.

And there to my astonishment,

Stood folk I’d known on earth.

Some I judged and labelled as unfit—

Or of little worth.

Indignant words rose to my lips,

But never were set free.

For every face showed some surprise

No one expected me!

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone  

            243                              484

            Ps 112                        40

                        232                              106

456                              291/342

143                              143


Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend,  Elsie Richardson, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, John Richardson, Peter Bowler,  Catherine Ritchie,  Graham Baker,  James Astle, Miles Brain,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott, Molly Wright


And for the departed:

Janet Chattaway, Joyce Watson, Thomas Linstead


Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Tuesday 3rd NO DROP INN CAFÉ

Thursday 5th 10.30am Holy Communion – St Michael & St Wulfad


HEALING AND MEDITATION SERVICETHIS SUNDAY AT 4PM – St M&W. All welcome to a half hour of quiet music, with the opportunity of laying on of hands and anointing


INTERCESSIONS LISTThe list has been growing for some time and some of the long term sick names have been transferred to the intercessions board. No-one is being forgotten – but if you feel a name needs to be brought back, please see the Rector


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.



Spiritual Essentials is a course written by Paula Gooder, a writer and lecturer in Biblical Studies. It covers the essentials of the Spiritual life

We shall be running this course as a study group, this autumn, starting on Thursday 26th September. Details to follow in our pewsheet