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5th August 2018

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 31 July 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

“And one by one they all drank (the sweet water.) And for a

long time they were all silent. They almost felt too well and strong to

bear it…..” That’s a quote from the CS Lewis children’s book The

Voyage of the Dawn Treader. The passengers notice that the sea water

has become sweet at the end of the world – and the water gives them

life and health beyond imagination.

Lovely thought: and this week Jesus promises “I am the bread

of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever

believes in me will never be thirsty.” - it doesn’t sound too different,

does it? – And yet, what does Jesus mean? Christians do get sick and

die – and we do hunger and thirst – so???

Plainly Jesus is talking about the ultimate times, when all things

shall be made right – and yet he gives us a foretaste of what is yet to

come in the Holy Eucharist. When all things are finally fulfilled, we shall

finally hunger no more – for we shall gaze on him face to face.

We live in a world of the latest fad and fancy. Being as old as I

am it rather amuses me to see fashions come around again that were

almost identical in the 1960s! And yet the hunger for more and more of

the same seems to go on an on. Why spend our money on that which

cannot satisfy? Asked the Prophet Isaiah? Why indeed – and yet none

of us is totally immune.

What Jesus offers is something beyond price and value – the

food which endures to eternity. Yet we find excuses:- I’m too busy that

Sunday – There are other things I need to do - I’m not worthy of taking

Communion etc. The truth is that absenting ourselves doesn’t make

things better – it makes them worse!

So perhaps I should simply echo our Bishop’s strapline for the


Come, follow Christ, in the footsteps of St Chad!

Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today
Aston Stone

316 316

197 (for Psalm) 53

432 172

316 342/227

186 10

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Doreen Knight, Noelle Emery, Peter and Dianne Harvey,

Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne,

Gary Kelsall, Jocelyn James, Emily Franks, John Richardson, Annette

McMullen, Peter Bowler, Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor,

Graham Baker, Jackie Finnemore, Wendy Gee, James Astle, Miles Brain,

Joan Lazonby, Elsie Woodcock

And for the departed:

Ethel Barlow
Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 7 th NO Drop Inn café

Thursday 9 th 9.30am Holy Communion – The Moorings

10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W


Michael & St Wulfad. Half an hour of quiet music and meditation – all


LADIES GROUP: only two weeks to book your place at World of

Wedgwood – for Wednesday 5 th September. Afternoon tea - £16, optional

museum tour £5. Please see Steph ASAP

HOLIDAY AT HOME August 21 st . Appeal is for Kitchen roll inners

& empty “Pringle” tubes with lids to make kaleidoscopes. Please see