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22nd April 2018


By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 19 April 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

PORT SUNLIGHT TRIPhas been cancelled. There were not enough people to warrant hiring a coach. Apologies to those who wished to go

 

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

 

                If I were to ask people for their favourite psalm, it’s odds on that Psalm 23 would come out at the top! For one thing, it’s the best known, but for another the imagery is charming: the Shepherd that cares for the sheep by leading them in safe places – and the analogy that this is how God cares for his people

                But the image of the Shepherd and the flock is one that comes up again and again in the Bible. The Prophet Ezekiel uses it, comparing the poor leadership of the rulers of Israel with the care that God gives for his people – and the promise that the time will come when God himself will care for his people!

                Jesus takes the image for himself of course in our gospel for this week. The passage carries on from one of my favourite verses – “I have come that they may have life – life in all its fullness!” – and Jesus uses the image to show how he will fulfil God’s promise at Easter, by laying down his life for the people that are so loved. And this is not the only place Jesus uses the analogy – what about the parable of the lost sheep – and the shepherd that risks everything in order to retrieve that sheep from the dangers it faces?

                In our age we are not so familiar with shepherds, by and large (that doesn’t apply to our entire congregation of course!) However each of us can see that the story still holds power – a people of the world that are straying from right paths, and a world that seems increasingly full of dangers. But for those who wish to know, the Good shepherd is still at hand, searching for the lost sheep. Let’s play our part in helping them home.

 

Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            325                              325                 

                        479                              484

                        287                              287

                        367/127                       367/463

188                              532

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Ron Burton, Mary Townsend, Doreen Knight, Noelle Emery,  Peter and Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, Rosemary Tranter, 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

 

And for the departed:

Joan Gayton,  Jack Dean, Barbara Thornicroft, John Palmer, Mavis Steele, Jimmy Frampton, Mavis Austin, Annie Sutton, Eileen Hebb

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Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 24th 11.45am – 1pm DROP INN CAFÉ St Michael’s Hall

Thursday 26th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

ANNUAL MEETING TIMEThe AGM at Stone the meeting is 29th April straight after the 10.45am service. Do please make an effort to attend and to pray for all those taking responsibility as Church Officers

 

ELECTORAL ROLLIf you count yourself as a member of this Church your name should be on our roll. Please see Glenda for forms if you are not already on St M&W roll

 

LADIES MEETING is next on June 13th.Please see Steph Cardinal for details

 

MESSY CHURCHnext meets on May 12th and it seems we may be quite short of helpers this time, both in the Kitchen and on the activities. If you can offer some time please see Edith Leason or Mary Babb

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