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23rd September 2012

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 23 September 2012



The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


“Who’s the Greatest? – Float like a butterfly, sting like a Bee” – that’s Cassius Clay of course, as was. Maybe he was the greatest boxer of his time – but reality hit home eventually. Clay became a Muslim and was known hereafter as Mohammed Ali. Whatever anxieties Christians may have about Islam, the fact remains that Clay suddenly realised that he was NOT the greatest after all!

It’s not a strange story. The Book of Daniel records the story of the fiery furnace: how the King set up an image of himself and commanded all to worship it as God. When the three Jews declined they were thrown into a great furnace – and survived! The King was made to look (and presumably feel) small in the sight of God

Unfortunately this kind of thing continues in our age: dictators and self-appointed leaders of all kinds continue to suffer the delusion that they are uniquely gifted. And even here in Britain it is not unusual for former leaders to insist that they could have won that last election if only their party had stayed the course with them at the helm. Usually it’s not true of course

But for Christians, the story is rather different. When the disciples argue on the road they are particularly mistaken, because they haven’t realised the real nature of Him with whom they are dealing. Their Lord and Master (and ours) is never going to be the one for great palaces, statues, gilding and wealth. His greatness is leading to a very different place - exemplified by his washing of his disciples’ feet on the night before he dies!

Who’s the greatest in Church today? Certainly not those with high Office or wearing the vestments; as Jesus told us – true greatness lies in the one who serves!


Ian Cardinal


Hymns for today

                                Aston                                    Stone   

81                                           466        

120                                         205        

                                426                                     309            

452/227                                96/39

516                                         33


Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Val Gerrard, Dorothy Burton, Mavis Pick, Helen Zeter, Mary Townsend, Francis Wright, Mavis Foster, Tristan Simms, Kerris Sutherland, Malcolm Nixon, Neil & Pat Wynne,  Malcolm Clark, Christine Thomas, Sarah Wright, Terry Malkin, Emma Davis, Angela Rose, Ben King, Philip Hulme, Peggy Simms, Dianne Harvey, Karen Povey, Margaret Hill, Ben Smith, Laura Riley, Jeff Taylor, Mary Mountford, Joan Astle

And for the departed:

Tracey Richards, Gwen Harvey, Linda Timms, Gordon Swynyard, Shirley Thorley

Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Tuesday 25th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn Café – St Michael’s hall

Wednesday 26th 7pm Governor Training – St Michael’s school

Thursday 27th 10.30am Holy Communion – St Michael & St Wulfad


CONFIRMATIONMany Congratulations to: Charlotte, Emily, James, Sue, Kimberley, Bev and Helen who were Confirmed last Sunday. Inspiring service – and we were very proud of you all


HARVEST SUPPERThis year at St Michael’s Hall, 7pm Saturday October 6th. This is a Bring and Share event, but it would be nice to have some idea of numbers – sheets to sign at the back of each Church


SCHOOL WELCOME SERVICE Next week at 10.45am, our service includes the invitation to children and parents from St Michael’s school.