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28th January 2018


By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 28 January 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

HEALING AND MEDITATION SERVICEnext Sunday (4th Feb) 4pm St M&W All welcome.

 

This is the last Sunday after Epiphany, the season in which we see Jesus revealed to all peoples as the Messiah, God’s answer to the world’s problems. Next week begins weeks before Lent – which will soon be upon us!

So that makes Friday Candlemas Day – otherwise titled The Presentation of Christ, or the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Jesus is presented in the Temple after 40 days and Simeon and Anna recognise that he is God’s promise fulfilled –“Lord now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace”

But Mary plays a significant part in all of this – and it is marked in St Luke that she is warned of the cost of discipleship. She may not have been martyred, like other Saints, but it costs her dear to see her Son crucified. And it is also marked that she is one of the few, the very few, that dares the foot of the Cross on Good Friday

There has often been a silly “thing” about Mary in non-Roman Catholic churches – that she shouldn’t be revered, that to venerate her is somehow unbiblical. The truth is that earliest Christians called her Theotokos – the God bearer. And it is abundantly clear that, within the gospels themselves, people recognised her blessed status. When the woman of the crowd shouts out that she is blessed to be Jesus’ mother, Jesus himself returns that she is not blessed for that, but rather that she “hears the world of God and keeps it.”  (Luke Ch 11 vs 28)

So when we worship with the knowledge that we are surrounded by angels and archangels and all the company of Heaven, let us remember Mary; she was the first to adore the Son of God and worship him. With those same angels, with Simeon and Anna we call her Blessed

 

 

Ian Cardinal

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

HEALING AND MEDITATION SERVICEnext Sunday (4th Feb) 4pm St M&W All welcome.

 

This is the last Sunday after Epiphany, the season in which we see Jesus revealed to all peoples as the Messiah, God’s answer to the world’s problems. Next week begins weeks before Lent – which will soon be upon us!

So that makes Friday Candlemas Day – otherwise titled The Presentation of Christ, or the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Jesus is presented in the Temple after 40 days and Simeon and Anna recognise that he is God’s promise fulfilled –“Lord now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace”

But Mary plays a significant part in all of this – and it is marked in St Luke that she is warned of the cost of discipleship. She may not have been martyred, like other Saints, but it costs her dear to see her Son crucified. And it is also marked that she is one of the few, the very few, that dares the foot of the Cross on Good Friday

There has often been a silly “thing” about Mary in non-Roman Catholic churches – that she shouldn’t be revered, that to venerate her is somehow unbiblical. The truth is that earliest Christians called her Theotokos – the God bearer. And it is abundantly clear that, within the gospels themselves, people recognised her blessed status. When the woman of the crowd shouts out that she is blessed to be Jesus’ mother, Jesus himself returns that she is not blessed for that, but rather that she “hears the world of God and keeps it.”  (Luke Ch 11 vs 28)

So when we worship with the knowledge that we are surrounded by angels and archangels and all the company of Heaven, let us remember Mary; she was the first to adore the Son of God and worship him. With those same angels, with Simeon and Anna we call her Blessed

 

 

Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

82                                343                 

                        527                              527

                        531                              531

                        341/404                       69/386

513                              448

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Ron Burton, Mary Townsend, Doreen Knight, Noelle Emery,  Peter and Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson,  Barbara Thornicroft, Roy & Barbara Ball, Tanya Hancock, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, Rosemary Tranter, Jocelyn James, Emily Franks, John Richardson, Joan Pinfield, Annette McMullen, Peter Bowler, Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor, Graham Baker, Helen Mardling, Jackie Finnemore, Wendy Gee

And for the departed:

Alma Pickstock, Alec Dolman, Gloria Mathews

 ordellHordell

 

 

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Monday 29th 7.30pm Team Meeting - Rectory

Tuesday 30th 11.45am – 1pm DROP IN CAFÉ – St Michael’s hall

Wednesday 31st 7.30pm ASTON PCC meeting - Church

Thursday 1st 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

PARISH MAGAZINE – TOWER AND SPIRE

The next 3 editions of the magazine are now secure in that Steph Cardinal has agreed to take this on. But we still need a permanent organiser for the future. If we do not wish to see the magazine fail by the summer, please see the Rector

 

ST MICHAEL & ST WULFAD 260  Bible readathon. We invite you to participate; we will read, out loud, the whole of the Old Testament commencing 1pm Sunday 18th Feb and continuing till midnight, then 7am till midnight Mon and Tue and 7am till completion Wed 21st. Simply text your details to 07866341111 or email readathon2018@gmail.com and an application form will be sent to you.

 

Saturday 17th February – HOT POT SUPPER – Aston Village hall.Tickets are now available - £10 each

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