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29th July 2018

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 26 July 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


                If we were to ask many people for the favourite stories in the New Testament, it is odds on that one of them would turn out to be the feeding of the five thousand! It’s one of those stories with which so many of us are familiar – and it’s a rarity in that it’s told in every one of the four Gospels

                Nevertheless the “loaves and fishes” story isn’t quite as simple as it seems. Each of the gospel writers tells the story slightly differently – and there are those who would claim that Mark makes a mistake in telling the story twice – once with four thousand and once with five! But that’s a great misunderstanding. With the four thousand the story is told in Gentile territory:- in this relating, Jesus is fulfilling the needs of non-Jewish hearers – people “outside the Pale.” In the five thousand stories it is obviously a Jewish crowd – and the significance of the crumbs remaining filling twelve baskets is that Jesus fulfils every need of the original twelve tribes. In other words he is a Messiah and Lord for all humanity, Jewish or not

                But in the version we read this Sunday, St John is making a different point again. There are huge overtones of the Eucharist in all this language – Christ the Bread of Life – but there is also a throwaway line in there about the crowd wanting to make Jesus into a secular King. The story is quite clear – Jesus fulfils GOD’s version of the Messiah, and not the human one that people would force him into.

                It’s still a temptation: we can try and bargain with God – I’ll go to Church only if you answer my prayer in the way I want – and all the other types of the same thing. God does not work like that – he asks us to accept his love and purposes for us. Just as Jesus declined the secular crown, the role that was to be forced upon him, we have to accept God as knowing the best thing for us. After all – does he not know our needs from the start?


Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            246                              309                 

                        138                              67

                        174                              393

                        227/342                       342/222

309                              188


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:

Ron Burton, Ethel Barlow

Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Tuesday 31st NO Drop Inn café – St Michael’s Hall until September

Thursday 2nd 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W


LADIES GROUP: only two weeks to book your place at World of Wedgwood – for Wednesday 5th September. Afternoon tea - £16, optional museum tour £5. Please see Steph ASAP



Alison Hudson Licensing– Sept 5th 10am Said Communion St M&W

Jane Morris Final Sunday- Sept 9th at both Churches

Jane Morris Installation and Induction– October 17th at Little Drayton

                                    (time to be finalised)


HOLIDAY AT HOMEAugust 21st. Appeal is for Kitchen roll inners & empty “Pringle” tubes with lids to make kaleidoscopes. Please see Edith