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26th August 2018

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 25 August 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone



Sat. 1st September. 7pm for a prompt 7.30 start. £6.50 per person. Includes light supper. Bring your own drinks. Contact Dennis on 07866 341111.


“Words! Words! Words! I'm so sick of words!” sang Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady.But the trouble is that words have great power. We can all simply burble and make them meaningless – but words have the capability to either empower or to cause great hurt. We might Say that only “sticks and stones” can break bones – but we all know that words can cause enormous heartache

So what when words also have the power to enliven? We all know the prologue to St John’s Gospel – “In the beginning was the Word…” but in this week’s passage St Peter is starting to recognise something important:- “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life!”

We live in a world of choices – in fact choice is often glorified as something good in itself, however confusing the options may be. The whole thesis of modern society is that all choices are morally neutral – and woe betides anyone who claims that their truth is superior or dares to criticise others. Modern liberal society declares that all choices are equally valid and good and discrimination is the ultimate sin, but of course that is nonsense! We all have to discriminate, between right and wrong, good and evil; Truth is not relative at all

So could you imagine what Jesus would have said if people had declared that the “bread of life” sayings might be good for some, but that everyone ought also to respect the pagan religions that were equally around? The fact is that Jesus offers life for all. In saying what he does he is either totally correct – or he is mad or bad! There is no in between

May Christ the Bread of Life continue to feed us in the way we should go.


Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            122                              480                 

                        39                                288

                        473                              473

                        308/175                       339/308

33                                33


Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

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,  Elsie Woodcock


And for the departed:

Charles Dixon, Valerie Finley, Valerie Gilbert, Joseph Watson, Vera Kingston, Gloria Jones, Jeffrey Timmis, Jean Lewington

Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Thursday 30th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W


PARISH DIARIES Once again the group Communitas have arranged for us to sell Diaries for the good of our parishes. For 2019 we suggest a minimum donation of £2.50 for a good quality diary – not too soon to be thinking about stocking fillers!! All proceeds go to our Church funds


JANE AND TONY’S LAST SUNDAYis Sept 9th. On that day there will be a shared meal to say our farewells for the whole Benefice. Sheets are at the back to be signed


RIDE AND STRIDESt M&W will be open on Sept 8th for the Staffordshire Historic Church’s fund. Sheet to sign to man the Church if you can help


HEALING AND MEDITATION SERVICE 4pm next Sunday (2nd) – all welcome.


RAF 100Special service 10.45am Sept 2nd. There will be a 9.30am Said Communion at St M&W that day