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30th June 2019

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 27 June 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


            One of the things that is remarkable about the modern world is how fast things are changing – and the Church is not immune. This Monday (1st July) marks 35 years since I stood in Ripon Cathedral and was Ordained Deacon by the Bishop. The Church where I served a Curacy had a huge congregation – if there were less than 200 Communicants at the main Mass of the day, then it was a poor Sunday! But from my angle, one of the major differences was that there were three Clergy – a Vicar and two full time Curates! Lay people were there to carry the Cross and candles – and very little else!

            In 2019 things are very different. I do not know any Church where there is more than one Curate! And each Church has seen the important fact that Lay people are not there to be just those who turn up on Sundays, but are there as God’s ambassadors. From those who tend gardens and polish brasses, to those who preach and lead services, every one of us is valuable in God’s sight. We are a part of Christ’s cosmic jigsaw puzzle, and when we are missing or don’t play our part, everyone is weaker for it

            Sadly, there are still some places which haven’t got the message: I was helping to review a Curate’s Ministry this week:- one of the parts of this a form from various members of the congregation. One had written on this “We don’t want to be helped to lead; we need Clergy to lead us!” How very sad – and how very different from St Paul’s vision of the Church as Christ’s body, with all of us playing an important role

            This week’s Gospel has a number of people anxious about committing themselves to Jesus. His answer is fairly acerbic to them all – the Kingdom of God is for those who are wholehearted only! It sounds fierce, but remember that it also means he has ultimate faith in us as his people – and he leaves us his Holy Spirit. When the angel asks Jesus after Ascension what happens next, he replies he will leave his work to the people of the Church he has left behind!


Ian Cardinal


Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            139                              122

            39                                39

                        106                              228

359/73                        54/127

122                              77


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,

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


And for the departed:

Bob Philips, Mick Tranmer, Jayde Hall, Simon Howard, Liz Osborne, Peter Gallagher, John Wood


Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Monday 1st 7.30pm Ministry Team meeting – Rectory

Tuesday 2nd 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn Café – St Michael’s Hall

Thursday 4th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W


COACH TRIP TO LLANDUDNOhas sadly has had to be cancelled – only 9 takers so far