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3rd February 2013


By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 03 February 2013

 

 

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

 

ASH WEDNESDAY is February 13th, a very important day in the Christian calendar. As usual we shall begin the season of Lent with a Sung Eucharist at St Michael’s with the blessing and imposition of ashes at 7.30pm in the evening. Mark it in your diaries.

 

This year’s Lent course would normally have been held on Wednesdays at St Saviour’s Church, Aston. With the works going on there, this is clearly not an option and “Wednesdays in lent” will be held in St Michael & St Wulfad’s Church

 

What does Creation teach us about God? No, not another debate on Darwin and the like – but what can we deduce about God from the world around us? In the Victorian era scientists began to think that they knew everything about the world – but the truth is that the modern age teaches us again and again that we have only touched the tip of the iceberg!

Generally speaking we can see the truth of Genesis 1: that the world is good. In fact our planet seems to have almost endless bounty – a cornucopia of resources for us. And even when we pollute and make a mess of it, it often seems to have the knack of healing itself. The very least we ought to be able to see in all of this is the goodness of God and his endless creativity and imagination

But the Gospel today provides us with a very pertinent challenge: in stilling the storm Jesus demonstrates to his disciples that he is the Lord over creation. To the Jews, familiar with the stories of Creation, there can be only one conclusion – that he is the manifestation of God here on earth. And that is the thought that so many humans still have to wrestle with today!

 

Ian Cardinal

 

 

Hymns for today

Aston

Stone

114

114

Ps 99

118

118

266

69

32/73

266

237

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Dorothy Burton, Mary Townsend, Vi Smith, Rosie Kent, Bunty Beecham, Toyah Carter, Kathleen Pickering, Norma Deakin, Joan & Albert Pinfield, Maureen Evans & Noelle Emery

And for the departed:

Reginald Matthews, Anne Rogers, Mabel Fernyhough, Anne Smith

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 5th February 11.45-1pm Drop-Inn lunch – St Michael’s Hall

Wednesday 6th Feb 7.30pm Messy Church Planning meeting – St Michael’s hall

Thursday 7th January 10.30am Holy Communion – St Michael & St Wulfad

Saturday 9th 10am-2pm Craft Fair in St Michael’s Hall in aid of refurbishments

HOT POT Supper at Aston Village Hall – Speaker, the Rector

 

 

CRAFT FAIR, SATURDAY 9 FEBRUARY 2013: Following the success of the Christmas Craft Fair we are holding another on Saturday 9 February 2013 10.00 a.m. - 2.00 p.m. in St Michael's Hall to raise funds for the further refurbishment of the Hall: A great opportunity to purchase your Valentine or Mothering Sunday Gifts (Our thanks to all those who supported the one in November which raised over £480.) We shall be having a church stall at the event and if anyone has any suitable homemade items they would like to donate or could assist with cake making or refreshments on the day please speak to Edith or Jean. If anyone would like to have their own stall please contact Edith or Dennis."

 

MAGAZINE DELIVERY If anyone has time to take on a round of magazine deliveries in the Walton area, please could they see Berwyn Babb or telephone 812921. Thank you

 

THE BELLS! We were hoping to rededicate the returned bells on Sunday 10th with the Bishop of Stafford, but logistics have dictated otherwise. We now hope for Sunday 24th Feb – watch this space!