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17th November 2019

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 14 November 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


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)


ASTON CHRISTMAS FAIR – November 30th 2pmItems sought for the tombola and the Cake stall especially


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


            “Wait till your Father gets home.” We’ve all heard that kind of menacing threat, either to ourselves or to others! But actually, it never seemed to be that bad in all reality. I don’t know what your parents were like, but mine tried hard to be loving and caring. The real thing wasn’t that we expected a parent to hit us  or punish us – it was just trying to change our behaviour

            In this week’s gospel, Jesus tells a salutary tale to the disciples, of how things may be to something very precious to them – the Temple! It was a massive building, with gilded stones and had probably cost the equivalent of the HS2 budget to build. King Herod had been trying to buy the affection of his people: it didn’t work, but they did like the Temple, and the thought of its destruction was unimaginable

            But Jesus warns it may happen – and it did! The reason was the overweening pride of the Jews. They knew they were a chosen people, but thought that made them better than anyone else. Instead of being an example of God’s love and cherishing, they forgot about their Father in Heaven and treated all other races with contempt. Their rebellion in 70AD brought about the destruction they couldn’t imagine!

            So today asks us about sinfulness – and perhaps questions the way that our nation behaves. Is everything as God would have it? Or do we have some reckoning of our own to do?

Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

            519                              285

            39                                500

                        139                              174

231/342                       308/231

356                              522


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, Michael Tellwright, Gwen Cann, Peter Williamson, Richard Stevens

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Monday 18th 7.30pm Stone PCC meeting - Church

Tuesday 19th 11.45 – 13.00 Drop Inn Café - St Michael’s hall

Thursday 21st 10.30am Holy Communion – St Michael & St Wulfad

Saturday 23rd – 3pm MESSY CHURCH – St Michael’s hall

BISHOP GEOFF’S LEAVING GIFT.Our two churches would like to make a combined gift. All donations to Churchwardens please - Last call this Sunday


LADIES OUTING:  Tuesday 17th December. Please can all outstanding monies be paid to Steph ASAP. £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 24th November 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