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28th June 2020

By Alison Hudson - Posted on 27 June 2020

St Michael & St Wulfad and St Saviour Church

Cycle of Prayer for our benefice

Week 1

Church St, The Coppice Estate, George Rd, Hempbutts, High St, Mill St, Morrisons, Crown St, Joules Court, St Michaels Close, Lichfield St, businesses in High St and Mill St

Week 2

Priory Estate, Abbey St, Lichfield Rd, Grange Rd, Millwalk, Shepley Close, Redlands, Brookfield Court, Pingle Lane, Ridgeway, Flax Croft, Westover Drive, Parkhouse Drive, Old Rectory Road, Claremont Close, Cedar Park, Parkway, Aston Lodge Park, Aston

Week 3

Stone Golf Club, Stone Cricket Club, Community Fire Station, Trent Clinic, Doctors Surgeries, Dental Surgeries, Pharmacies and all the staff, St Michaels First School, Pirehill First School, Manor Rise, Walton Priory, The Moorings, Summerfield Court, Autumn House

Week 4

Walton Grange, Stafford Rd, Stafford Close, Stonehouse Hotel, Stone Business Park, Aldi, Farms within the parish, Eccleshall Rd, Cherryfields Estate, Walton Way, Walton Community Centre, Whitemill Lane and Air Ministry Estate

Week 5

Pirehill Lane, Beacon Rise and environs, Longhope Rd, Fillybrooks, Residents on A34, Udell Grange, Anwyl Homes, Sweepers Ave, Blundell Drive and environs, Common Lane, Crestwood Drive, Foxwood Close, Tilling Drive Estate

St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone

and St Saviour Church, Aston

Sunday 28 June 2020



“Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.”

(Matthew 10: 40)

Stone with Aston Sunday afternoon prayers by telephone

Not all of ushas access to the internet, so during this time of lockdown each Sunday afternoon we will be offering a short service of Daily Prayer that you can join with via a telephone call.

I apologise to those who have tried to join and not been able to get through, please do try again as Zoom does experience some glitches! The Meeting ID and Password will be the same each week.

These prayers will take place each Sunday at 4pm for Stone and

5pm for Aston, but please feel free to phone in at whichever time suits you best. You do not need a computer for this - just a telephone. The instructions are as follows:

Just before 4pm or 5pm on Sunday phone one of these numbers (the cost should be the same as a normal phone call):

0131 460 1196or 0203 481 5237

  • enter the meeting ID on your telephone keypad-

    897 6759 5340
  • you will be asked for a participant number - just enter #
  • enter the password which is 928354

We will welcome everyone who has phoned in and we will all be able to hear each other speak. We will then say prayers together. The service will last about 15 minutes. The order of service is enclosed with this newsletter so you will need to have that to hand when you ring.

If you have internet access, you can join the meeting via the following ‘Zoom’ link using the above meeting ID and password

Our weekly prayers of intercession

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, James Astle,

Miles Brain, John & Ann Shuttleworth, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Molly Wright, Norman Latham, Mary Leigh, Gillian Wright,

Carl Hartley, John Hargreaves, Pauline Bevans, Val Morris, Alan Holmes


For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends at this time:

Don Flinders, Janet Hyde

And those whose year’s mind falls in this month:

Elizabeth Sadler 1986                                Kenneth Williams 1986

John Henry Horne 1991                            Arthur Bolderstone 1994

Geoff Wright 1994                                    Alfred (Harry) Downing 1985

Edward Thomas Miles 1999                      Irene Long 1999

Annie E. Holliman 2003                             Dennis Long 2004

Richard Craig Stubbs 2003                        Rose Lloyd 1990

Roy Hodgkinson 1990                               Noel Guy Wilfred Banks 1976

Peggy Louise Norman Sims 2013              Maureen Joyce Evans 2013


Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, both rest in peace and rise in glory. Amen


If you would like any names to be added to this list, please email rector.stone@gmail.comor ring Revd Ian Cardinal on 01785 812747


Generous God, your love bids us welcome.

Give to your Church an open heart to receive you and offer a warm welcome to all who come through her doors.

Unite your gathered people into a true fellowship of your Son.

God of love, hear our prayer


Generous God, your Son gave a model of simple charity.

Transform our governance with such willing compassion that none are forgotten or dismissed.

May the hungry find food shared and the thirsty be revived.

God of love, hear our prayer


Generous God, break down the barriers that divide communities and increase hostilities.

Extend the hands of friendship to soften hardened hearts and bring us to a place of genuine equality so that all feel included and accepted.

Remove all that diminishes people’s worth.

God of love, hear our prayer


Generous God, pour out your love and compassion on all who cry ‘How long, O Lord’. Bring to them patient endurance, your healing touch and a knowledge of your presence alongside them.

Shine your light into the darkness.

God of love, hear our prayer


Generous God, receive with mercy all who have died, those known to us … and those known only to you.

Comfort those who grieve and bring us to share in the reward of the righteous.

God of love, hear our prayer


Let us commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray, to the mercy and protection of God for the sake of our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

Church open for private prayer

St Michael & St WulfadChurch will be open for private prayer this Sunday 8-8.45am, 10.45-11.45am, Tuesday 6-7pm and Thursday 10.30-11.30am. St Saviour Church will be open this Sunday from 9.15-10.15am. Do drop in for some or all of the time. There will be quiet music playing, some prayer prompts on the screen and a member of the ministry team in attendance should you wish to have a quiet conversation.


Church re-opens for worship next Sunday

Following the latest government advice we are delighted that our churches will be able to open for an act of worship from Sunday 5 July. Services will resume at our usual times of 8am and 10.45am at St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone and 9.15am at St Saviour, Aston.


In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact any of us should you need to talk to someone.


Revd Preb Ian Cardinal 01785 812747    Dennis Abbott 01785 814134                         

Revd Alison Hudson 07725 467246      Fr John Cotterill 07734 815838

Regular Giving

Could we please encourage you to continue to put to one side your usual gift of money to the church which can then be put into the plate when we resume our gathered worship.  Alternatively, there is the option of making regular donations to the church via standing order from your bank. If you are able or would prefer to do this, please contact John Baddeley who will forward the relevant form to you. John can be contacted on 01785 815397, or email johnandpat@allaboutimage.netThank you!

Readings for Sunday 28 June

Jeremiah 28: 5-9                    Psalm 89: 1-4, 15-18  

Romans 6: 12-23                    Matthew 10: 40-42

Hmm, there isn’t much to play with here is there? Three verses. So, let’s give it a bit of context. A quick summary of Chapter 10. Jesus summons the twelve disciples and gives them healing powers and authority over unclean spirits (10:1-5). He then gives them their marching orders (10:5-15). He warns that they will face persecution (10:16-25). He tells them not to fear the person who can kill the body, but rather to fear God who has power over body and soul (10:26-28). He assures them of God’s love (10:29-31). He promises to acknowledge before the Father anyone who acknowledges Jesus before people (10:32-33), and warns that he has not come to bring peace, but a sword (10:34-39).

Therefore, when Jesus promises rewards to those who welcome/receive a prophet or a righteous person, the context is high-risk—a spiritual war-zone. The prophet and righteous person are taking risks for Christ, and those who help them assume similar risks. 

“He who receives a prophet…; He who receives a righteous man…; Whoever gives one of these little ones just a cup of cold water”(vv. 41-42). Prophets—righteous persons—little ones: There seems to be a hierarchy here does there not?

Prophets were revered as spokespersons for God. Apostles would be of similar status, and this missionary discourse is addressed to apostles   Who is a prophet today? The term would apply to anyone called by God to speak God’s message. The promise is that the person who welcomes a prophet receives a prophet’s reward.

Righteous persons are those who obey God. Perhaps the term in this context means Jesus’ disciples—much as we use the phrase “good Christians” today. The person who welcomes a righteous person receives a righteous person’s reward—presumably less than the prophet’s reward, not as much as a prophet maybe but still a significant reward.

Little ones can have various meanings—children (see 18:5)—the poor—those who are vulnerable. However, “in the name of a disciple,” equates “little ones” with ordinary disciples. Also, in chapter Matthew18:6, Jesus speaks of “these little ones who believe in me,” further strengthening the relationship between “little ones” and Jesus’ disciples.

A cup of cold water is the smallest of gifts—a gift that almost anyone can give. Jesus does not want our lack of affluence to be an excuse for thinking we cannot do much to help the Christian enterprise. But a cup of cold water is precious to a person who is really thirsty—in some instances, the gift of life itself. Whilst it might not seem a position worthy of exaltation, providing a cup of water is a valid vocation. God rewards even the smallest contribution. Jesus does not specify the nature of the reward for those who help little ones, but only assures us of its certainty.                                          Dennis Abbott



The Collect for Sunday





We pray for the Church and for the world and we thank God for his goodness.

God of love, hear our prayer