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24th November 2019

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 21 November 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


ASTON CHRISTMAS FAIR – November 30th 2pmCome and join the fun!


CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL – December 6th -8th  at St Michael & St Wulfad. Do come and see what our community offers in the way of displays this year. Plus on December 7th at 10am there is a Christmas Coffee morning. Raffle items, Tombola and cakes are all very welcome


AlsoWe need welcomers at the door throughout the festival. There are rotas to sign up at the rear of St M&W


            So what do you think of the Monarchy? That’s what our political leaders were asked this week – and they came out with answers that didn’t really surprise us. I suspect the Queen is having another “Annus horribilis” just at the moment. Not for the first time in our history, of course – we’ve had some “rum uns” in the past, as any study shows

            So what do we celebrate on Christ the King Sunday? It helps if we ask what a King really is? In lots of places, they simply wouldn’t really understand – America hasn’t had a King for over 200 years! In others, they would associate it with a despot – fierce and mean, brooking no argument, let alone opposition! But that’s hardly how Jesus saw it: he lives as the very antithesis of this.  On Maundy Thursday he had performed the task of the lowliest servant, in washing the feet of his friends at the supper.  No king does that sort of thing.   And his saying that ‘the first will be last', well it doesn't really chime in with autocratic Kingship.

            So we celebrate a Servant King – a radically different vision; someone uninterested in power or status as this world sees them – someone instead who works to undermine these values as being fundamentally wrong – and who seeks to bring in a totally different order

            So we are citizens of a different Kingdom, one where we are called to live very differently from others. No wonder our prayer for today is “Stir up O Lord….”

Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

            480                              13

            81                                467

                        393                              Sheet

308/404                       276/342

103                              103


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, Norman Latham, Joan Lazonby,


And for the departed:

 Brian Dominic, Gwen Cann, Peter Williamson, Richard Stevens, Rosaleen Williams, Jean Jones, Sheila Howells

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 26th 11.45 – 13.00 Drop Inn Café - St Michael’s hall

Wednesday 27th Stone Chapter farewell to Stephen Mackenzie - Swynnerton

Thursday 28th 10.30am Holy Communion – St Michael & St Wulfad

Saturday 30th from 2pm ASTON CHRISTMAS FAIR – Village Hall


LADIES OUTING:  Tuesday 17th December. Please can all outstanding monies be paid to Steph THIS SUNDAY! £6 Illuminations, £10.75 Buffet


PARISH DIARIES are available in each Church. These are free, but we suggest a donation for our churches.


BISHOPS AND PUDDINGS J THIS SUNDAY 10.45am: As usual on Stir up Sunday, we shall be making Christmas puddings during our service this day. This year we are joined by Bishop Geoff, on his last Sunday duties as Bishop of Stafford. If you would like to purchase a pudding, so speak to Chris Connolly – this year the puddings will have a special Episcopal blessing included, so quality is guaranteed


ADVENTIVITYThat time of year again. If any wish to host the figures of the Holy Family this year, please see Dennis (Stone) or Berwyn (Aston)