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24th February 2013


By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 24 February 2013

 

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

This afternoon at St Michael and St Wulfad we welcome Bishop Geoff, The Rt Hon Lord Stafford and some of our Sponsors for the Dedication Service for the new bells. Everyone from the Benefice is warmly invited to attend this services. Refreshments will be available afterwards.

 

God makes big promises to Abram, soon to be called Abraham, and Abram understandably asks, "How am I to know that I shall possess it?"  We too might ask, “How will we know that God is with us as we journey on?  As we open our eyes to the problems of the world? As we engage the world’s problems? As we take the risk to see more clearly? As we take a stand for what is right?  As we speak up for justice?”

Abram sees the power of God in a ritual and a covenant. The disciples see the power of God in a profound prayer experience on the mountain. Lent is a time for us to open our eyes and see God. Lent us the time for us to grow in awareness – awareness of the presence of God in ourselves, in our prayer, in our action, in the people and the world around us, in the poor and the rich, in people who are different than ourselves and in people who are the same, in the challenges of life, in injustice and violence, in peace and justice, in our history, in all things.  Maybe the most critical criteria for evaluating our Lenten practice is whether it helps us to see well and then get into action. This sort of transformation is possible. The Transfiguration is a sign of great hope. The disciples discover that it is possible to see the presence of God in Jesus. It is possible to see things in a new way.  It is possible for us today to see God in others. It is possible to let go of racism, to let go of the trap of materialism and the addiction to money, to let go of power and control, to let go of violence and militarism, to let go of inaction, to let go of our limiting ideologies, to let go of our blindness and selfishness. [It is even possible to let go of the religious experience on the mountain and come down and find God in all things.] Abram led his family toward a new promised land. Moses led the people of Israel in the “exodus” out of Egypt. We are told that Jesus talks with Moses and Elijah about his upcoming “exodus.” The exodus experience can happen again. Jesus is about a new liberation from our blindness and slavery and about a new liberation for our world. 

How is your Lenten observance helping you to see in a new way?

Nichola Abbott

 

Hymns for today

Aston

Stone

396

396

293

429

106

73

127/452

276/426

188

188

 

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Dorothy Burton, Mary Townsend, Vi Smith, Rosie Kent, Bunty Beecham, Toyah Carter, Kathleen Pickering, Norma Deakin, Joan & Albert Pinfield, Maureen Evans, Noelle Emery, Marie Hawley, Frank Beech and

Carol Hodgkinson

And for the departed:

Madge Forrester and Michelle Beardmore.

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 26th February 11.45-1pm Drop-Inn lunch – St Michael’s Hall

Wednesday 27th Feb 7.30pm Holy Communion & Lent address – St M&W

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

 

LENT COURSE. We continue our series of Lent talks on “Burning issues – a chance to stimulate our minds and souls as we think about some of the great issues for the Church of our day. This week it is the turn of our Rector with “The Challenge of Sexual Ethics in a Confused World.” Coffee and questions after the service at St Michael’s on Wednesday

 

PARISH NURSING: with this sheet you can pick up a leaflet outlining the initiative our Diocese is promoting. There is a meeting with a “Parish Nurse” on Feb 28th at 7.30pm in St Michael & St Wulfad’s. Please come along

MESSY CHURCH

The next session is on Saturday 9th March from 3pm until 5.30pm. We are looking for some items with which we can make Easter Gardens. If you have any foil quiche or pie trays etc, we would be very grateful for them. We will, nearer the time, be looking for items which we can make bigger Easter gardens with, one for display in each church. Please speak to Mary Babb or Margaret Moss if you can help.