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28th October 2012


By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 28 October 2012

 

 

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY: Sunday 11th November. As usual, the pattern of Sunday services is slightly different at St Michael & St Wulfad’s: 8am Holy Communion, 9.30am Said Holy Communion and Town Remembrance Service as soon as the Service at the War Memorial ends.

 

What is a Saint? Most of us have in mind a sort of Christian “Hero”, who has achieved great things for the Kingdom of God in their lifetime; possibly they have made great sacrifices, even possibly laying down their life for others. But that’s not principally what the epithet means in the New Testament

In the Bible, the word Saint is simply derived from the Greek word “Agioi” meaning “Holy ones.” In this way the letters from St Paul in the New Testament are often addressed to the “Bishops and Saints” in a certain place. Far from being restricted to a Holy few, it is clear that it refers to all the members of God’s Church. “Holy” is simply the name by which all church members are called – and it probably means the baptised – the people consecrated to God’s purposes

That’s far from decrying the special few – and it is quite right that we are reminded today of some of the people who earned a special place in the history of the Christian Church. Their lives can be an example to us, and it is no bad thing to remember what hardships those first Christians had to endure – and to remember that in some parts of the world it is a still a very brave thing to go to worship on the Lord’s Day

But we are indeed all called to be Saints. Each one of us is called personally by the Lord who knows us better than we know ourselves. We have been called for a purpose – and our lives are sometimes less than dedicated to him because we can forget that he has something special in mind.

We are God’s special agents in the world; we are his ambassadors – and folks can be quick to judge the Lord by the conduct of his people. We are the “Temple of God’s Holy Spirit” and he has exciting plans for even the least amongst us!

 

Ian Cardinal

 

 

Hymns for today

Aston

Stone

393

85

56

4

163

163

66/10

276/10

464

518

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Val Gerrard, Dorothy Burton, Mavis Pick, Helen Zeter, Mary Townsend, Francis Wright, Mavis Foster, Tristan Simms, Kerris Sutherland, Malcolm Nixon, Neil Wynne, Malcolm Clark, Christine Thomas, Sarah Wright, Terry Malkin, Emma Davis, Angela Rose, Ben King, Philip Hulme, Peggy Simms, Dianne Harvey, Karen Povey, Margaret Hill, Ben Smith, Laura Riley, Jeff Taylor, Mary Mountford, Joan Astle, Barbara Ball, Vi Smith, Doreen Knight, Joan Taylor, Rosie Kent

And for the departed:

Harry Jones, David Taylor, Bill Dyke

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 30th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn Café – St Michael’s hall

Thursday 2nd 10.30am Holy Communion – St Michael & St Wulfad

Friday 2nd 7.30pm Memorial Service ALL SOULS DAY St M&W

Saturday 3rd Concert – Stone Choral Society

 

FOOD BANK BOX there is a box at the rear of both Churches: all they need is a few items to feed the neediest in our area, through the charity “House of Bread”. Thank you

 

ALL SOULS DAY is pending – and as usual we have a service to “Commemorate the Faithful Departed” at 7.30pm to which we invite all those who have had funeral ministry through our benefice in the last year. IF YOU CAN DELIVER the letters which go out then they are at the back of each Church: and if you would like to HEAR A LOVED ONE’S NAME remembered in the prayers, a sheet to complete is there also

 

MESSY CHURCH: – second session on Saturday 10th November 3pm till 5.30pm St Michael’s Hall. If you would like to be involved please see Edith Leason