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3rd November 2019


By Nichola Abbott - Posted on 30 October 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

 Today, as well as being the fourth Sunday before Advent, we are also celebrating All Saints. A time when we recall the example, witness and prayer of the men and women who have been identified by the church as Saints. They are family members with whom we continue to share a relation in a bond of prayer called the Communion of Saints.In the Gospels, we recall for Jesus' teaching about happiness, the Beatitudes. None of those Jesus names as “blessed” or “happy” are expected . . . the poor in spirit, the meek, the persecuted. Jesus' blueprint for happiness reflects little of what the world might call happiness.

What does Jesus mean when he uses the word “blessed?” This word is sometimes translated as “happy” or “fortunate” or “favoured.” In other words, Jesus is saying that divine favour is upon those who are poor, who mourn, who are persecuted. This might have been welcome and surprising news to the crowds who heard Jesus that day.

The Beatitudes can be understood as a framework for Christian living. Because of this, it is natural that we proclaim this Gospel on the Feast of All Saints. Saints are people who lived the spirit of the Beatitudes as Jesus lived. On this day, we too are challenged to model our lives on the spirit and promises of the Beatitudes.

 Nichola

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

            313                              99

            Ps 149                        163

                        259                              172

63                                297/456

122                              317

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend,  Elsie Richardson, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, John Richardson, Peter Bowler,  Catherine Ritchie,  Graham Baker,  James Astle, Miles Brain,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott, Molly Wright, Norman Latham, Joan Lazonby, Richard Stephens

 

And for the departed:

 Brian Dominic, Roy Farnell, George Washington, Eva McNulty and    Joseph Tellwright

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 5th 11.45 – 13.00 Drop Inn Café - St Michael’s hall

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

NEXT SUNDAY – 10TH NOV  Next Sunday is Remembrance Sunday. There will be a said communion at 9.30am followed by the Town Service of Remembrance at 10.45am. There will be no green bus this week.

MESSY ADULTS: A Craft Café will take place on Wednesday 13th November at St Saviours Church Aston between 2pm and 4pm. Tea/Coffee and Cake and all craft materials will be provided for a suggested donation of £5.

If you would like further information please speak to Rev Alison Hudson.

BISHOP GEOFF’S LEAVING GIFT.Our two churches would like to make a combined gift. All donations to Churchwardens please,

LADIES OUTINGTuesday 17th December 5.30pm – Lichfield Cathedral Illuminations: The trip is now FULL. Ladies can you pay your money to Steph as soon as possibleplease.

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