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24th June 2018

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 21 June 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


And so to a Saint’s day: but this Sunday is an unusual Saint: John the Baptist is, in many ways, a pre-Christian figure, certainly stemming from the inheritance of the Old Testament faith.

So perhaps a good question for us would be as to what makes a Saint in the first place? The original word is simply ‘Agioi – someone dedicated to God. But that doesn’t help us very much because there is a degree to which that describes all of us. We are dedicated, consecrated and put aside for holy use at our baptism – and the New Testament does describe all Christians as being Saints

That said, there is a very long tradition of Saints particular – in other words people whose lives were so very different that their faith shines out from down the centuries. We could name so many, of course – and on Thursday mornings we often keep a “Saints day” rather than just repeating the Sunday readings

So what makes a particular Saint? – and surely now is the answer that they are people whose lives are best described as signposts – people whose whole being is a signpost to our Lord and Master, Jesus himself. And in this respect John the Baptist is a wonderful example. According to St John’s gospel he always refused to be identified as a possible Messiah – and when Jesus passes by he says to his hearers “Behold the Lamb of God!”

John met a sticky end at the hands of Herod the Tetrach of course, at the instigation of his conniving wife, Herodias. In the tradition of the Eastern Church he is always shown as holding his own head on a platter (!) and there are many churches that are dedicated to him. This sunday we celebrate his miraculous birth (he has another day in August that deals with his martyrdom) and remember that our God does extraordinary things in order to fulfil his promises


Ian Cardinal


Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            401                              82                   

                        197                              401

                        158                              158

                        163/452                       276/463

425                              427


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, 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, 


And for the departed:

Clare Austin, Eric Simpson, John Rowley

Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Tuesday 26th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café – St Michael’s Hall

Wednesday 27th 7.30pm St Michael’s Hall AGM – St Michael’s Hall

            7.30pm Aston PCC meeting - Church

Thursday 28th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

            7pm St Michael’s school Governors


SANDON ESTATE WALK:  Thursday 28th June (after Last year’s walk round Chartley castle.) Meet at 6.45pm at Sandon Church, ready to start at 7pm.  Visits made to the moated site of the original Sandon Hall and the recently restored Tower from Trentham Hall. Cost is £2 – sheets to sign at the rear of both Churches


CONCERT: with the Choir of St Michael’s School and Stone Recorder Group29th June 6.30pm. Tickets available from Christine Burton - £7


HOT POT SUPPER – a Victorian Evening:  Saturday June 30th in St Michael’s Hall. Speaker will be Brian Morris who will give a presentation of a "Victorian Magic lantern Show."  It is a light hearted account of life in Victorian England. Cost £7.50