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5th October 2019


By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 03 October 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

It wouldn’t take a genius to be able to work out that Harvest is probably one of the world’s most ancient religious festivals! Each year human beings have gathered together to worship their creator and to make an offering in thanksgiving for the fruit of the earth – and there is evidence of this kind of thing right back to the Stone Age

You can see it in some of the earliest books of the Bible as well. In Deuteronomy  you can read some of instructions for the Hebrew peoples to bring their offerings and to set them before the Priest. But in this instance it is important that we notice a difference between them and other peoples. For most subsistence farmers, Harvest was both a thank offering for the past year and a prayer that the years following would be just the same: blessed by the right amounts of rain and sunshine, may the crops be enough to carry us through in the same old ways. But this wasn’t so for the people of Israel. They saw Harvest as a season in which they remembered that their God was a God who made a difference. Far from tomorrow being the same as yesterday, Harvest was a time to remember the God that had rescued them out of slavery in Egypt. Their offering and prayer was to a God who loved them and changed things for the better!

So our Harvest services are a reminder to us about a God who knows our needs, who has changed the world already, and is still changing it in Christ Jesus. Above all, Christians are called to be a people of hope – hope for the future that is, with ourselves, in the hands of God 

Enjoy the Harvest

Ian Cardinal.

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone   (all on sheet)

            133                              101

            Ps 137 1-6                   557

                        277                              137

466                              414/328/Sheet

516                              534

 

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:

Kathleen Wright, Henry Smith, Richard Turner & Derek (friend of Carl & Jacob)

 

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Monday 7th 10.30am Holy Communion – Summerfield Court

Tuesday 8th 11.45 – 13.00 Drop Inn Café - St Michael’s hall

            1.15pm Clergy Fraternal – Christ Church centre

            2.30pm Aston Charity meeting – Farrier Close

Thursday 10th 9.30am Holy Communion – The Moorings

10.30am Holy Communion – St Michael & St Wulfad

2pm Deanery Standing Committee – Farrier Close

            7.30pm “Spiritual essentials” – 7, Phillips Close

 

SPIRITUAL ESSENTIALS: Session three is entitled “Light – gaining wisdom.”  Everyone welcome to 7, Philips Close on Thursday

 

LADIES OUTINGTuesday 17th December 5.30pm – Lichfield Cathedral illuminations – cost £6:  Name and money to Steph by Sunday October 20th. Food plans to follow

 

WE WELCOMEthe children from St Michael’s School to our Harvest service at St Michael’s at 10.45am this Sunday

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