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21st October 2018

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 18 October 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


            Many years ago I was invited to Lichfield Cathedral: the new Director of Training was to be licensed and appointed and all the Officers of the Board of Ministry were asked to attend. Usually at a Licensing or Induction the former parish would expect to be entertained by the new Parish. In this instance there wasn’t one, so all of us were to be there to welcome both the new Person and the former parishioners

            I found I was seated with the Archdeacons and visiting dignitaries. I had a marked seat with my name on it and I felt very grand. I must have been an important person to be seated as such. The Bishop of Lichfield was taking the service and the Chairman of the Board was preaching – now I had “made it” I thought!

            And then I found myself looking down the arches of our wonderful Cathedral. It was an Autumn evening and the lights were on, but you could not but be impressed by the scale of the thing. Suddenly I was reminded of St Chad – the Abbot of Lastingham  who became our Bishop; who was such a humble man, that he refused a horse,  so he would never look down upon anyone, but would tell them the good news of God’s love face to face. And I knew I was wrong. And I knew I was tiny in comparison to others

            In this week’s gospel James and John thought in worldly terms; they thought they could steal a march on their disciple colleagues by gaining places of honour in the Kingdom of God. The Servant King reminded them that, in God’s eyes, the real greatness is of those who serve the most


Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            243                              243                 

                        5 (x2)                           330

                        287                              346

                        342/452                       463/73

380                              186


Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, 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, John & Ann Shuttleworth, Sheila Howells and

Richard Kempa


And for the departed:

Victor Kimber, Jean Harris

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 23rd 11.45am – 1pm DROP INN CAFÉ – St Michael’s Hall

Wednesday 24th 7.30pm Ministry Team meeting - Rectory

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


PARISH DIARIES Pick up your 2019 diary now - £2.50 donation


LADIES MEETING:Our next outing is Christmas lunch at Bridgemere on Thursday 13th December. Please see Steph for more details and to book your place


ALL SOULS DAY is November 2nd. As usual we would like to invite all those who have had funeral Ministry in this last year: letters now available to deliver – can you help?


1918 – 100 YEARS ON Concert to mark the end of WW1 – Admission free, but a retiring collection between RBL and St M&W. Stone Choral Society, St Michael’s school, much more – but chiefly – yourselvesDo come Nov 7th at 7.30pm