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2nd June 2019

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 30 May 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


SONGS OF PRAISE FOR STONE FESTIVAL6PM next Sunday (9th). If you would like to choose a hymn or a reading, please sign the list at the back of church


            There is a story I occasionally use for school worship. A flock of quails was being decimated by the fowler, who caught them with his net whilst they fed on the ground; so the quails got together and realised that, if they worked together, they could lift the net into the air. Ando so they did, to the amazement of the fowler who lost several nest in this way

            All would have been well, had the quails not become quarrelsome. They began to imagine that various of them had been the instigator of the idea =- and when the fowler next cast his net, instead of working together, they fought and bickered – until they realised they were ALL destined for the market in the fowler’s catch!

            An illustrative story – and sadly, one that could be a parable of Church history. Although there have been wonderful times when the Church has been identified by the phrase “See how these Christians love one another”, there have been far more when we too have fought and bickered. Is the genuine Church one where women and men can both be priests and Bishops? Or one where the Pope is Head of the Church? And so on and so forth

            In this week’s gospel, we are reminded of Jesus’s prayer at the Last Supper – that “they may be one, as we are one”! And perhaps we are reminded also that, when we are fighting and lashing out at each other, we are far from doing the Will of God. The simple fact is that, the closer we are to the cross, the nearer we will be to each other! There is no room in God’s Kingdom for divisiveness or back biting. If we have the Spirit working within us, we shall be leaving such behind

            So this week, as we lead up to Pentecost, let’s pray for our divided nation. And let’s pray for that Spirit that calls us to be one in Christ to be active, not only in the Church, but in the World


Ian Cardinal


Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            484                              432

            Ps 97                           81

                        288                              Sheet

148                              40 (x2)/148

103                              103


Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery,  Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall,

Emily Franks, John Richardson, Annette McMullen, Peter Bowler,   

Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor, Graham Baker, J

Jackie Finnemore,  James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott


And for the departed:

Josephine Rylands


Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Tuesday 4th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn Café – St Michael’s Hall

Thursday 6th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W


HEALING AND MEDITATION SERVICEThis Sunday (2nd) at 4pm St M&W – all welcome


CONFIRMATIONBishop Geoff has agreed to come for a Confirmation service on Sunday 16th June at 6pm. We are hoping to meet on Tuesday afternoons for preparation



June 14th – Cantiamo Chamber Choir concert – St M&W

June 22nd – Garden Party at Aston Mill Farm in aid of BOTH Churches


COACH TRIP TO LLANDUDNOJuly 13th depart Stone approx. 8.30am, leave Llandudno 5.30pm. Cost approx. £15, depending on numbers. To book seats speak to Nichola Abbott 07866 101988