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31st January 2016

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 31 January 2016

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


This week we reach the end of Sundays after Epiphany. Tuesday 2nd February is Candlemas Day: and the way that the lectionary works is that this is one of those pivotal moments in the year. Sometimes there are a few Sundays before lent, but with Easter being so early this year, in fact there is very little time before Lent begins

Candlemas Day: the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or even The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, it has three different titles. But each of them is simply focusing on a different aspect of the same Gospel. This is the Day Mary and Joseph bring their son to the Temple: here he is greeted by the aged Simeon and the Prophetess Anna, both of whom acknowledge that something of massive import is happening

This Temple is the third building. The first had been Solomon’s great sign of God’s presence with his people, but it was destroyed by the Babylonians. The Second was a poor affair, built by an impoverished people newly back from Exile. And the current building was King Herod’s attempt to curry favour with his adopted people, being magnificent in size and splendour

But there has always been a snag: somehow the people returned from Exile had always felt that the Temple wasn’t quite what it had used to be. Yes, they had done their best, but the presence of God in his Temple wasn’t what it had been in a former age.

And now God’s promise had come to pass. God had fulfilled his promise by coming to his Temple in the form of a small child. Simeon and Anna could see it. God’s promise had come true!


Ian Cardinal


Hymns for today

Aston Stone
343 343
527 527
531 531
341/404 69/227
513 513



Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Ron Burton, Harry & Mary Townsend, Ron Osborne, Doreen Knight, Rod Tobias, Noelle Emery, Andrew Kelsall, Terry Clarke, Peter and Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Glenn Ashall, Barbara Thornicroft, Roy & Barbara Ball, Martin Cardinal, Baby Tanya Hancock, Vera Tomkinson, Crystal Jenkins, Neil Wynne, Gary Kelsall, Julia Johnson, Rosemary Tranter, Anita Griffiths, Jocelyn James, Emily Franks


And for the departed:

Margaret (Peggy) Sutton, Beryl Barnes, Jim Griggs, Alan Powell

Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Tuesday 2nd 11.45 am – 1 pm DROP IN CAFÉ – St Michael’s Hall

Wednesday 3rd 7.30 pm Hall Management committee – St Michael’s hall

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


HOT POT SUPPER Aston Village Hall Saturday 13th February – details to follow


LENT 2016 Ash Wednesday is February 10th and we begin the important season with Blessing and imposition of ashes – 7.30 pm St Michael & St Wulfad. Details of this year’s Lent course are in the yellow leaflet in each church


ST SAVIOUR’S CLEANING AND COFFEE ROTAS. None of us want to sit in a dirty church, and part of the quality of our welcome in Christ is being there at the end of worship with a hot drink and a smile: but both need volunteers urgently! Can you help? Please see Christine Burton