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26th May 2019

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 25 May 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


ASCENSION DAYas USUAL OUR Deanery meets together for a Deanery Eucharist on Ascension Day. This year the service is at Christ Church, Hilderstone at 7.30pm – Thursday 30th. Preacher – the Rural Dean


Alleluia, Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed! Alleluia!


          And so to the end of Easter; not that it can really be an end, of course – The Resurrection of Jesus is not an event – it’s an experience that keeps on growing! But this Sunday is now called Easter 6 – and that means that Thursday is Ascension Day, when we celebrate the Lord going up “on high” – and yet his promise that he is “with us to the end of time.”

          But have you considered what that really means? If the language, as we all know, isn’t so much about Jesus going “up” as his being crowned as King and Lord, what does it mean for us? The first Christians had to think very carefully about it indeed. Their coinage had an image of the Roman Emperor, surrounded by the words “Caesar Dominus est” – Caesar is Lord! If they then proclaimed that “Jesus is Lord” instead, they knew they could be accused of treason. The early Emperors were celebrated as Gods themselves – and they didn’t take kindly to any rivals

          So, the Ascension is a day for us to consider carefully – what does Jesus want of our lives? Not just Sunday mornings, certainly – he has things to say about the way we behave on the other 6 days of the week – how we vote, what we eat, how we consume the world’s resources, what we do to our fellow men and women – and a whole host of other things. But the other side of this is perhaps more comfortimng too. Whatever mess the world gets itself into, ultimately our God is in control and has a lot to say and do with its future

          Enjoy Ascension Day.


Ian Cardinal


Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            80                                80

            39                                375

                        259                              259

139/127                       139/127

188                              188


Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery,  Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall,

Emily Franks, John Richardson, Annette McMullen, Peter Bowler,   

Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor, Graham Baker, J

Jackie Finnemore,  James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin


And for the departed:


Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Tuesday 28th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn Café – St Michael’s Hall

Thursday 30th – ASCENSION DAY10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

                        7.30PM Deanery Eucharist – Christ Church, Hilderstone


MESSY CHURCH- The next session is on Saturday 1st June from 3pm until 5.30pm. The theme is to be “Fathers Day”. If you are able to help at this session, please speak to Edith Leason or Mary Babb.


CONFIRMATIONBishop Geoff has agreed to come for a Confirmation service on Sunday 16th June at 6pm. We are hoping to meet on Tuesday afternoons for preparation



June 14th – Cantiamo Chamber Choir concert – St M&W

June 22nd – Garden Party at Aston Mill Farm in aid of BOTH Churches


HEALING AND MEDITATION SERVICENEXT Sunday (2nd) at 4pm St M&W – all welcome