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4th November 2012


By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 04 November 2012

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

INTERCESSIONS BOARD We now have a board in St Michael & St Wulfad’s that is generously given for our prayers. The idea is that the long term sick will have their names placed there to be remembered with every candle and every prayer. Once each month at each service all names that are there will be read out in prayers; the names on the pewsheet will then be the short term sick or those in hospitals. If you would like to add a name or topic to be remembered there are “flame” shaped cards available by the candle stand

 

This Thursday sees All Saints Day – in the Common Lectionary (used by the major denominations) this is a hinge point of the year, and this Sunday is deemed “All Saints Sunday”, seeing the end of “Sundays after Trinity” and the change to “Sundays before Advent.”

All Saints day has a rather mixed history. In the Eastern Church it is celebrated on a different day, and was begun by an Emperor, Leo VI, who wished to dedicate a Church to his wife! When the objections began he dedicated it to “All the Saints” on the basis that she was one of them anyway. However in the Western Church it began rather earlier when Pope Boniface IV dedicated the Pantheon to “The Virgin and all the martyrs” and declared the day a public holiday

Important as a day, though; because the Calendar of saints, massive though it is, can never include everyone by name; some have been taken out over the years and many have been added – like the Archbishop of Uganda, Janani Luwum, martyred by President Ida Amin. But even if we could write down all the names, we might still be missing the point.

Because the truth is that there are many unknown saints. What about those who are elderly or infirm, and yet manage to maintain a life of Prayer that outs many of us to shame? What about the saintly souls who simply care diligently for their neighbours? Or even those who spend their time making sure everything is just so for us when we visit our Parish Churches? And these are stll just the tip of the iceberg!

On All saints we remember all those who have nurtured, raised and simply prayed for us in the Christian Faith. Today with the chorus of Angels and Archangels we join our praises with them

 

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

Aston

Stone

334

13

Ps 70

246

319

567

261

255/295

55

33

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Val Gerrard, Dorothy Burton, Mavis Pick, Helen Zeter, Mary Townsend, Francis Wright, Mavis Foster, Tristan Simms, Kerris Sutherland, Malcolm Nixon, Neil & Pat Wynne, Christine Thomas, Sarah Wright, Terry Malkin, Emma Davis, Angela Rose, Ben King, Philip Hulme, Peggy Simms, Dianne Harvey, Karen Povey, Margaret Hill, Ben Smith, Laura Riley, Jeff Taylor, Mary Mountford, Joan Astle, Barbara Ball, Vi Smith, Doreen Knight, Joan Taylor, Rosie Kent, Len Beech, Frank Beech, Bunty Beecham

And for the departed:

David Taylor, Bill Dyke, Malcolm Clark

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 6th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn Café – St Michael’s hall

1.30pm Holy Communion - Moorings

Wednesday 7th STONE DEANERY SYNOD - Tittensor

Thursday 8th 9.30am Holy Communion – The Moorings

10.30am Holy Communion – St Michael & St Wulfad

Saturday 10th MESSY CHURCH – 3-5.30pm St Michael’s Hall

 

FOOD BANK BOX there is a box at the rear of both Churches: all they need is a few items to feed the neediest in our area, through the charity “House of Bread”. Thank you

MESSY CHURCH: – second session on Saturday 10th November 3pm till 5.30pm St Michael’s Hall. If you would like to be involved please see Edith Leason

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY: Sunday 11th November. As usual, the pattern of Sunday services is slightly different at St Michael & St Wulfad’s: 8am Holy Communion, 9.30am Said Holy Communion and Town Remembrance Service as soon as the Service at the War Memorial ends.