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5th April 2020

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 03 April 2020

St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone and St Saviour Church, Aston


Sunday 5 April 2020



Following Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice and church buildings are now also closed for private prayer.


Whilst we exercise social isolation we will continue to regularly post readings and updates onto our website and facebook pages. Newsletters will be emailed where possible and we will endeavour to regularly phone those people not on email. If you are aware of anyone who would benefit from a phone call, could you please let one of the ministry team know. Also please do not hesitate to contact any of us yourself should you need to talk to someone.


Revd Preb Ian Cardinal 01785 812747 Fr John Cotterill 07734 815838 Revd Alison Hudson 07725 467246 Dennis Abbott 01785 814134 Lin Davies 01889 505094 


Could we please encourage you to put to one side your usual gift of money to the church during this time. This can then be put into the plate when we resume our gathered worship. Thank you!


Regular updates will be posted on the benefice website and on the Facebook pages for St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone and St Saviours Church, Aston

Readings for Sunday 5 April 


Matthew 21: 1-11 – Liturgy of the Palms Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-29 Isaiah 50: 4-9a – Liturgy of the Passion Psalm 31: 9-16  Philippians 2: 5-11 Matthew 26: 14-27: 66 – The Passion


All glory, laud and honour, To thee, Redeemer, King To whom the lips of children, Made sweet hosannas ring…

Palm Sunday again - and one of the strangest I have experienced in 36 years of ordained Ministry. Sometimes we have had a live donkey and a procession to begin the Holy Week services. This week is the most special and central to the Christian Faith –and yet, not everyone really appreciates it

You see, in one of my former parishes there was a couple who studiously avoided the 6 days in between Palm Sunday and Easter Morning. When they were asked by someone why they didn’t come to things they replied that they didn’t enjoy the Holy Week services, but “found them a bit depressing!”

I wonder how many are like that. Not that they would say it out loud – but that they would avoid the “nasty” bits of Christian faith? I remember a Church warden who was desperate to sing a jolly song at the end of a Good Friday service on one occasion. It’s almost as though we like the fripperies of Christianity – and want to avoid the costs

It’s always been the same. That famous hymn for Palm Sunday – where were the people that shouted “Hosanna” to Jesus: - who called him Messiah and King: - who welcomed him on that bright morning into Jerusalem? Where were they on Good Friday? Were they part of the crowd – easily swayed, equally shouting for Jesus’s blood? 

Or did they just stay at home “We didn’t want to get involved!”  It’s a wrong attitude – and obviously wrong.

I’d like to suggest to you that the only thing that makes sense to all of us this Eastertide, this Palm Sunday, is the God who understands where we are – and who walks with us. Our world is reeling – Europe is in chaos, our economies are foundering, some people are profoundly and deeply ill with an illness for which there is, as yet, no cure! When this virus that stalks us is done with, we do not know what kind of society will be left. We do know that this will have deep implications for us and the way we live over the rest of our lifetimes – and possibly our children’s’

Jesus entered Jerusalem knowing he would suffer the worst that the world could throw at him – casual racism, mindless violence, injustice and cruel torture. The story of Easter is of the God who walks with us in all our troubles – and overcomes them all.

When this is over, let’s come together and worship and thank our God, who in Christ has done so much for us!                     Ian Cardinal, Rector


There are prayer resources, services and inspiration available on the Church of England website: 


Every weekday at 1pm the Diocese of Lichfield are inviting people to join them in a short prayer via their Facebook page.


Lichfield Cathedral are offering a virtual Prayer Wall, details can be found here:


Each Sunday morning here is televised worship on BBC1 at 10.45am and a broadcast service on Radio 4 at 8.10am.


The Lord is with us wherever we are and hears our prayers.



Let us pray to the Father who loved the world so much that he sent his only Son to give us life.

Simon from Cyrene was forced to carry the cross for your Son. Give us grace to lift heavy loads from those we meet and to stand with those condemned to die. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.


Your Son watched the soldiers gamble to share his clothes. Transform the hearts of those who make a profit from their victims, and those whose hearts are hardened by their work. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.


The thief, who was crucified with Jesus, was promised a place in your kingdom. Give pardon and hope, healing and peace to all who look death in the face. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.


From the cross Jesus entrusted Mary his mother and John his disciple to each other’s care. Help us also to care for one another and fill our homes with the spirit of your love. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.


In Mary and John your Son created a new family at the cross. Fill our relationships, and those of new families today, with mutual care and responsibility, and give us a secure hope for the future. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.


The centurion was astonished to see your glory in the crucified Messiah. Open the eyes of those who do not know you to see in your Son the meaning of life and death. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.


Joseph of Arimathaea came to take your Son’s body away. Give hope and faith to the dying and bereaved, and gentleness to those who minister to them. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.


Simon and Joseph, Mary and John became part of your Church in Jerusalem. Bring into your embrace today a varied company of people, to walk with Christ in the way of his passion and to find their salvation in the victory of his cross. Lord of the Church, hear our prayer, and make us one in heart and mind to serve you in Christ our Lord. Amen


Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever.  Amen



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, 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


Our weekly prayers of intercession



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, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott, Molly Wright,  Norman Latham, Mary Leigh, Gillian Wright, Carl Hartley, Don Flinders


For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends at this time: Ruth Blundell, Gladys Grocott, John Lakin


And those whose year’s mind falls in this month: Benjamin James Dunkey 1977 Reginald Rowley 1984 John Simpson Fox 1991 Emily Mae Voyle 1992 John Thomas (Jack) Smith 1992 Elsie Bowman 1977 George Wrigth 1963 Eileen Peel 1994 Arthur Warrilow 1976 Daisy Gadsby 1999 Albert Stanley (Stan) Barnes 1987 Fred Brassington 2000 Lady Anna Shepard Johnson 1980 John Bailey 2001 Revd Laurence Charles Waldren 2005 Arthur John Porter 2004 Herbert Austin John Douse 2005 Alfred Grainger 1997 William Rushton 1993 Donald Alan Noding 2014 Nancy Leason 2001 Florrie Metters 2001


If you would like any names to be added to this list, please email or ring Revd Ian Cardinal on 01785 812747