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29th March 2020

By Anonymous - Posted on 26 March 2020

St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone and St Saviour Church, Aston


Sunday 29 March 2020



Following Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice and church buildings are now also closed for private prayer.


As we have been directed to stay at home, we will be unable to hand deliver newsletters, but we will continue to regularly post onto our website and facebook pages. Newsletters will be emailed and we will endeavour to regularly phone those people not on email. If you are aware of anyone we may have missed, could you please let one of the ministry team know.


Also please do not hesitate to contact any of us should you need to talk to someone.


Revd Preb Ian Cardinal 01785 812747 Fr John Cotterill 07734 815838 Revd Alison Hudson 07725 467246 Dennis Abbott 01785 814134 Lin Davies 01889 505094 


Regular updates will be posted on the benefice website and on the Facebook pages St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone St Saviours Church, Aston



Readings for Sunday 29 March are:


Ezekiel 37: 1-14 – The valley of dry bones Psalm 130 Romans 8: 6-11 John 11: 1-45 – The death of Lazarus

Psalm 130 1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD. 2     Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive     to the voice of my supplications!


3 If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities,     Lord, who could stand? 4 But there is forgiveness with you,     so that you may be revered.


5 I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,     and in his word I hope; 6 my soul waits for the Lord     more than those who watch for the morning,     more than those who watch for the morning.


7 O Israel, hope in the LORD!     For with the LORD there is steadfast love,     and with him is great power to redeem. 8 It is he who will redeem Israel     from all its iniquities.


Glory to the Father,  and to the Son,  and to the Holy Spirit. Amen


John 11: 25-26 Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe  in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives  and believes in me will never die. 


Some words of encouragement  It is the fifth Sunday in Lent and sadly we are missing the richness of our Lent course where this year we were hearing of the saints who have inspired us. The saint I had chosen was St Brendan, a Celtic saint who made a physical journey out into the vast wilderness of the ocean with a small boat and a simple prayer, ‘Christ of the mysteries, can I trust you on the sea?’. As Brendan and his companions battled with wave and tide, answering their call to risky living, Brendan explored a deep and challenging inner journey and discovered a profound truth: no matter how foreign a place or situation was, he was always ‘at home’ because he had his home in Christ. 

In these strange days we are each being called to risky living, to journey through troubled times, to isolate ourselves from our communities, causing us to ask the question ‘Christ of the mysteries, can I trust you through these troubled times?’. Our journeys are not geographical as St Brendan’s was, because we must remain at home as much as we possibly can, but they are certainly physical as we come to terms with the frailty of human life, and for some the very different pattern of our daily life and our interactions with our family and friends. 


Mary and Martha travelled an extraordinary journey as they experienced the death of their brother Lazarus, both asking of Jesus why he was not there to save him. Yet even in their natural doubting, their faith came from a deeper place, of recognising the mystery of Christ and his unique offering to the world ‘I am the resurrection and the life’. Faith is a gift of God and one that we draw on as we place our trust in His great promises to us.


At the end of Brendan’s journeyings and his questioning, his prayer had changed from ‘Can I trust you’, to ‘Lord, I will trust you’. This was his prayer:


Lord, I will trust you, help me to journey beyond the familiar and into the unknown. Give me the faith to leave old ways and break fresh ground with you. Christ of the mysteries, can I trust you to be stronger than each storm in me?


Do I still yearn for your glory to lighten on me? I will show others the care you’ve given me. I determine amidst all uncertainty always to trust. I choose to live beyond regret, and let you recreate my life.


I believe you will make a way for me and provide for me, if only I trust you and obey. I will trust in the darkness and know  that my times are still in Your hand. I will believe you for my future, chapter by chapter,  until all the story is written.


Focus my mind and my heart upon you,  my attention always on you without alteration. Strengthen me with your blessing and appoint to me the task. Teach me to live with eternity in view. Tune my spirit to the music of heaven. Feed me, and somehow, make my obedience count for you. Amen


Let us follow Brendan’s example as we leave what was familiar and journey into the unknown, as church becomes dispersed and routines crumble. Let us put our trust in the God who is with us always. 


Alison Hudson, Curate


Let us pray to the Lord, who is our refuge and stronghold. 


For the health and well-being of our nation, that all who are fearful and anxious may be at peace and free from worry: Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.


For the isolated and housebound, that we may be alert to their needs, and care for them in their vulnerability: Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.


For our homes and families, our schools and young people, and all in any kind of need or distress: Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.


For a blessing on our local community, that our neighbourhoods may be places of trust and friendship, where all are known and cared for: Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.


For our churches around the country, that they would be beacons of light in local communities and we would be known as people of hope: Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.


For those who are sick, in body, mind or spirit  and have asked for our prayers at this time … And for those known to us  who are in need of your healing touch on their lives. Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

For the souls of the recently departed … and their families and friends who mourn their loss  And for those whose year’s mind falls in this month … Bring your comfort and peace  and the knowledge of your resurrection life Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.


We commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray, to the mercy and protection of God. Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen


Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen


A reminder that St Michael’s Church and St SavIour Church will not be open for personal prayer or worship services during this current pandemic, but the Lord is with us wherever we are and hears our prayers.


There are other prayer resources, services and inspiration available on the Church of England website:

 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, 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


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,  Graham Baker, James Astle, Miles Brain, John & Ann Shuttleworth, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott, Molly Wright,  Norman Latham, Mary Leigh, Gillian Wright, Carl Hartley, Don Flinders


For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends at this time: Ruth Blundell, Gladys Grocott


And those whose year’s mind falls in this month: Ethel May Ball 1972 Paul Victor Harrison 1988 Louis Alexander (Bill) Holliman 1991 Hilda Jane Purslow 1995 Gladys Street 1996 Horace Street 1996 Nellie Lamsdale 1976  Harry Roden 1995 John Shaw 1995 Gina Switzur 1998 Florence Holiday 1985 John Daly 2009 Bridget Gillian Donaldson 2013 Stan Gerrard 2010 Arthur George ‘Bud’ Barnett 2016



If you would like any names to be added to this list, please email or ring Revd Ian Cardinal on 01785 812747