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By Nichola Abbott - Posted on 17 July 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


Dear Friends,


Today’s Gospel Reading tells of the visit of Jesus to the house of Martha and Mary and it both follows and complements the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke’s Gospel. The reading opened last week with the words “a certain man”, and todays reading with “a certain woman”. The story of the Good Samaritan is exactly how a disciple should act and the story of Mary is exactly how a disciple should listen. Mary, as a woman is a marginalised woman in society, like the Samaritan. Both do what is not expected of them. Mary, as a woman, would be expected, like Martha to prepare hospitality for a guest. Just as a Samaritan would not be a role model for neighbourliness, so the woman would not sit with the men round the feet of a teacher.


Both stories show how a disciple is to fulfil the dual command which begins chapter 10 – the love of God (Mary) and love of a neighbour (the Samaritan). These are 2 essentials of life in the Kingdom. By using these examples, Jesus is telling us something more – social codes and boundaries were very strict in Jesus time. Yet, to love God and ones neighbour with all ones heart might require us to break those rules. The Kingdom of God is a society without distinctions and boundaries between its members. It is a society that requires times for seeing and doing and times for  listening and learning at the fee

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            485                              63

            39                                39

                        231                              Sheet

392/404                       506/392

388                              388


Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery,  Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall,

Emily Franks, John Richardson, Annette McMullen, Peter Bowler,   

Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor, Graham Baker,

Jackie Finnemore,  James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott


And for the departed:

Simon Howard, Liz Osborne, John Wood, Mary Wesson, Graham Cooper, Michael Tranmer, Doreen Pearson, Gillian Bond and Dorothy Read

Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Tuesday 23rd 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn Café – St Michael’s Hall

Thursday 25th  10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W


LIZ OSBORNE’S FUNERALtimes are now confirmed as 11.30am for a private family Committal at the Crematorium, followed by a Thanksgiving and memorial service at Aston St Saviour at 12.30pm on Thursday 25th July. All are welcome at Aston


MARY WESSON’S FUNERALwill be held at St Michael & St Wulfad’s Church on Friday 26th July, 1.30pm. It will be followed by a private cremation. The family would like to invite everyone back to Aston Mill Farm after the service.


LADIES OUTINGBook your places for Afternoon Tea at Aston Marina on Wednesday 18th September at 3.30pm. See Steph (from 21st July) – cost £16.

t of a teacher.





Nichola Abbott