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24th March 2013


By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 24 March 2013

 

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

 

EASTER CHOCOLATE at the back of St Michael & St Wulfad, carefully bagged and packaged by a kind lady from the school. Parcels £1 all sold in aid of the Church. Many thanks

 

And so, once again, it’s Holy Week: Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a donkey, only to leave it a few days later carrying his Cross. He is condemned by unlawful chicanery among the religious leaders; he is spat upon by the forces of an occupying power; his own people are so shallow that they ease straight from cries of “Hosanna” to ones of “Crucify!”; and his own followers deny, betray and abandon him.

Yes to those of us that have the eyes to see, this is our Victory. Jesus faces the very worst that the world can throw at him – and holding it to himself he kills its power stone dead! There is no suffering in the world that our Lord does not know about; there is no pit so deep in which we can find ourselves and not discover the truth of the Lord walking beside us if we care to see

So this week is about our walk with Jesus. He will walk with us – but will we walk with him? Dare we – attend the services of this week that show us the pain that he bears for us? Dare we walk through the town on Good Friday, following the Cross, showing that we are his people? And can we get up early on Easter Morning to wait for that coming of the Light of Life itself, bringing his power and glory upon the world?

 

Ian Cardinal

 

 

Hymns for today

Aston

Stone

404

404

359

159

346

30

344/227

389/227

492

492

 

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Dorothy Burton, Mary Townsend, Vi Smith, Rosie Kent, Bunty Beecham, Toyah Carter, Norma Deakin, Joan & Albert Pinfield, Maureen Evans, Marie Hawley, Frank Beech, Caitlin Austin, Roy Ball & Hugh Mann

And for the departed:

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Monday 25th 9am & 5pm Morning & Evening Prayer – St M&W

7.30pm Said Holy Communion – St M&W

Tuesday 26th 9.30am Said Holy Communion – St M&W

11.45am-1pm Drop Inn Café – St Michael’s Hall

Wednesday 27th 6pm Said Holy Communion – Aston

MAUNDY THURSDAY

Thursday 28th 9am bus leaves St Michael’s hall for Maundy Thursday service at

Lichfield Cathedral

10.30am Holy Communion – St Michael & St Wulfad’s

1.30pm Pirehill School Service – St M&W

7.30pm The EUCHARIST OF THE LAST SUPPER St Michael & St Wulfad

& watch of the Passion till Midnight

GOOD FRIDAY

Friday 29th 10am Procession of Witness from St M&W with Stone Churches Together

12 Noon The LITURGY OF THE CROSS – both Churches

Sunday 31st March

EASTER DAY

6.00am Service of light, Easter Vigil and first Eucharist

of Easter

Followed by Paschal breakfast

St Michael & St Wulfad’s

8am Holy Communion St Michael & St Wulfad’s

9.15 am Holy Communion St Saviour’s

10.45am Festal Sung Eucharist St Michael & St Wulfad’s