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31st January 2021


By Alison Hudson - Posted on 28 January 2021

St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone

and St Saviour Church, Aston

31 January 2021

 

 

Candlemas – the Presentation of Christ in the Temple

 

 

With much sadness and reluctance our regular services

remain cancelled for the time being …

 

The Wardens at Stone have made the difficult decision to close the Church completely, including for private prayer at the moment.

At Aston the Wardens hope to remain open for one hour for those who wish to come for an act of private prayer between 9.15am and 10.15am on a Sunday. This will be reviewed at the end of this month, January 2021. If you come, please can you keep your distance with everyone, log in to “track and trace”, use the hand sanitiser and avoid conversations inside the building.

 

Bishop Michael has given the Clergy legal dispensation to stop worship until March 31st. We hope very much to be well on the way to more normal services by then; but who would have guessed we would still be here after the first lockdown?

 

In the meantime our prayers are with you all. A recorded act of worship for each Sunday is available at www.stmichaelschurchstone.co.uk, on our Facebook pages and on theIan Cardinal Channel of YouTube. This will continue during this time.

 Ian Cardinal

 

Notices

Stone with Aston Sunday afternoon prayers

This time of prayer online continues each week. It is a short service (approximately 20 minutes) that we are able to share in together at 4pm each Sundayvia phone or internet. To join us:

  • Phone this number 0131 460 1196or 0203 481 5237
  • enter the meeting ID on your telephone keypad897 6759 5340
  • you will be asked for a participant number - just enter #
  • enter the password which is 928354

or join online via ‘Zoom’.

This month we will be using the Epiphany Season Prayer Sheet.

 

Virtual Sunday School

Our young children will continue to meet via Zoom each Sunday afternoon at 5pm, hosted by Jill Bramham.

Please do hold our children, Jill and this valuable

ministry in your prayers.

 

Praying the Rosary

Fr John is wondering whether anyone would like to join him in praying the Holy Rosary on a Wednesday evening. You would need access to Zoom and it would be at 6pm and last for approximately half an hour. If there is enough interest it will start on 10th February.

Anyone interested should contact Fr John either by email fr.johncotterill@yahoo.co.ukor by phone 07734 815838.

Fr John is very happy to provide instruction to anyone unfamiliar with praying the Rosary.

 

A Church of England phone line for hymns, reflections and prayers

This is a free 24 hr recorded phone line. As well asmusic, prayers and reflections there is a Sunday service and daily Morning and Evening Prayer to listen along to. Archbishop Justin Welby gives a lovely introduction when you phone in and then there are options to listen to hymns, reflections, prayers or a daily service.

 

Regular giving

Would you consider making regular donations to the church via standing order from your bank?

If you are able to do this, please contact John Baddeley on 01785 815397, or email johnandpat@allaboutimage.net

for St Michaels, or Paul Gerrard on 01785 818363 or email pagerrard@btinternet.comfor St Saviour’s. Thank you!  

 

Contact details

Please do contact any of the team should you need to:

Revd Preb Ian Cardinal 01785 812747    Dennis Abbott 01785 814134

Revd Alison Hudson 07725 467246       Fr John Cotterill 07734 815838 Lin Davies 01889 505094

 

Readings and Collect for Sunday 31 January

Malachi 3: 1-5             Hebrews 2: 14-end          Luke 2: 22-40

Almighty and ever-living God, clothed in majesty, whose beloved Son was this day presented in the Temple, in substance of our flesh: Grant that we may be presented to you with pure and clean hearts, by your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

 

Reflection

There is an irony that on the Sunday that we recall the presentation of Christ in the Temple we are not able to worship in person in our own church. For Mary and Joseph this event marked a milestone in the life of their family when, following the birth of Jesus, they bring him before God, offering back all they have been given for a blessing to be pronounced over him.

Both Simeon and Anna have been waiting a lifetime for this event and they are so attuned to God’s Word that they are able to recognise it when it happens. The gift of Godly wisdom and insight is theirs in a life dedicated to prayer and service of the temple.

We all have that potential within us, to be a Simeon, or an Anna. To be people who are faithful in prayer, even when we don’t see our anticipated or expected outcome for what can feel like a lifetime. In the midst of this pandemic, which seems to go on and on, that seems to take steps backwards at the same time as forwards, we each possess the gift of faithfulness and prayer that we offer back to God on behalf of the people around us. We offer in prayer the frailty and brokenness, the shattered dreams, the myriad losses that are all around us, but we also offer back the hope that we see, the light shining in the darkness, the acts of human kindness, the new initiatives and the reassurance of Christ alongside us through all our human grieving and rejoicing.

We long for the day for life to return to ‘normal’, whatever that may look like! I long for the day when families bring their children into church to have them baptised, when we can gather and sing our praises to God, when we can offer our friends and family the warmth of a hug and speak God’s words of blessing.

In the meantime, we can offer our prayers from our front room, our study, or bedroom, as we walk along the canal, or potter around our garden. Wherever that prayer space is for you, your prayers within it acknowledge the presence of God who makes that space special and holy. Imagine you are entering into a bubble with God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Expect to meet Him there and fill your space with prayer and praise that will be joined with all the other bubbles of prayer and praise that others are offering. Because we don’t wait without hope and we don’t wait alone. We have a God who knows us, longs to draw close to us and who hears and answers our prayers offered in faith, for the redemption of us all.

With my prayers for you until we meet face to face once more.

Revd Alison

Prayers of Intercession

We pray that Christ may be seen in the life of the Church.

 

Lord, your faithful servants Simeon and Anna watched in hope for the fulfilment of your promises.

Give to the Church the same patience and trust as we restrict our gathering together, yet are joined in fellowship and prayer.

Give voice to your people to praise and speak of your redemption.

Lord of hosts, we praise your holy name.

 

Lord, Simeon described your Christ as a sign that will be opposed.

Open the hearts of the powerful and those who are led to your justice, that they will seek to feed the hungry, defend the innocent, protect our planet and advance the medical requirements of our time.

Restore us in your peace.

Lord of hosts, we praise your holy name.

 

Lord, you see our inner thoughts and we can keep no secrets from you.

Cleanse and revive our spirits for your praise and glory that we might encounter you in all places and at all times in our daily lives.

As we stand on holy ground, preserve us in truth and godly living.

Lord of hosts, we praise your holy name.

 

Lord, we stand before you utterly dependent on your grace for all that sustains our living.

Teach us to praise you in sickness and in health and bring the peace of your healing touch to all who suffer in body, mind or spirit …

Bring reassurance that though mortal we are precious in your sight.

Lord of hosts, we praise your holy name.

 

Lord, you give leave to your faithful ones to depart in your peace.

Hear our prayer for all who have died recently …

And for those whose year’s mind falls in this month …

May our eyes come to see your salvation.

Lord of hosts, we praise your holy name.



Merciful Father,

accept these prayers for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

 

Those we include inourprayers of intercession

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Elsie Richardson, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, John Richardson, Peter Bowler, Catherine Ritchie, James Astle, Miles Brain, John & Ann Shuttleworth, Margaret Wright, Molly Wright, Norman Latham, Mary Leigh, Gillian Wright, John Hargreaves, Val Morris, Alan Holmes, June Stringer, Jayne Walker, Jim Hammersley, Duncan Leak, Christopher Davis, Margaret Tomlinson, Berwyn Babb, Carl Hartley, Karen Hartley, Alison Holmes, Mike Ward, Maddy

 

For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends:

Dorothy Winfield, Beryl Seville, Diane Hanman, Frank Herbert,

Derek Cartledge

 

For those whose year’s mind falls in this month from St Michael’s:

Patricia Blackhurst 1986, Lawrence King 1992, James Harvey 1981, Douglas Bowman 1982, Edward Buckley 1970, Fred Bennett 1983, Ellen Downing 1999, Leonard Oxer 1999, Kathleen Sherratt 1999, Constance Shaw 1988, Samuel Robinson 1999, Lilian Devall 1983, Frederick Burgess 2002, Reginald Elkin 1991, Donald Knight 2004, Winifred Baron 2000, Ruth Waghorn 2010, Meg Knox 2014, Margaret Sutton 2016, Celia Dabbs 2017, Ida Smith 1980

 

and from St Saviour’s:

Sidney Emery 1987, Constance Shaw 1988, Jessie Stanfield 1989, James Smith 1989, Percy Bate 1991, Eric Deakin 1991, Alan Barrett-Green 1991, Kenneth Lockett 1991, Dorothy Leese 1997, Wilfred Howells 2000, Reginald Riley 2000, Florence Bratt 2009, William Lewington 2009, Charles Bowers 2009, Pamela Sangster 2011, Mary Hughes 2015, Dorothy Burton 2016, William Robinson 2016, Ronald Osborne 2017, Charles Mitchell 2018, Jessie Moore 2018, Mirella Mason 2019, George Wright 2020, Norman Goodwin 2020, Charles Smith 2020

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, Westover Drive, Parkhouse Drive, Old Rectory Road, Claremont Close, Cedar Park, Parkway, 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, Tilling Drive Estate

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