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6th September 2020


By Alison Hudson - Posted on 03 September 2020

St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone

and St Saviour Church, Aston

Sunday 6 September 2020

 

 

Sunday Services

8am and 10.45am St Michael & St Wulfad, 9.15am St Saviour

Sunday Afternoon Prayervia Zoom/telephone 4pm

Thursday CommunionSt Michael & St Wulfad 10.30am

 

Please do not hesitate to contact any of the ministry team

should you need to:

Revd Preb Ian Cardinal 01785 812747   

Revd Alison Hudson 07725 467246    

Fr John Cotterill 07734 815838

Dennis Abbott 01785 814134                         

Lin Davies 01889 505094

  Church is open for worship

We are delighted that our churches are open for worship. At St Michael’s we enter through the main door and exit through the south door. Seating will be in the central body of the church.

All cushions have been removed, so do bring your own if you would find that more comfortable. Services will be a Said Communion, with just bread being distributed. You will be asked to stand, not kneel, at the altar and follow a one-way system. There will be no singing and no service sheets, but all the words you need will be projected onto the screen.

Please sanitise your hands as you enter church and maintain social distancing at all times. There are no refreshments, but toilet facilities are available.

 

 

Face Masks

Current government guidance is that we are required to wear a face mask in church, unless exempt on medical grounds. The ministry team will wear masks or visors at the door, but not during the service, apart from at the distribution of Bread.

 

Regular Giving

To minimise the handling of cash, could you consider making regular donations to the church via standing order from your bank?

If you are able or would prefer to do this, please contact John Baddeley on 01785 815397, or email johnandpat@allaboutimage.net

Thank you!

 

 

Stone with Aston Sunday afternoon prayers

This is a short service (approximately 20 minutes) that we are able to share in together at 4pm each Sundayvia phone or internet.

Just before 4pm, either phone one of these numbers (the cost should be the same as a normal phone call):

0131 460 1196or 0203 481 5237

  • enter the meeting ID on your telephone keypad897 6759 5340
  • you will be asked for a participant number - just enter #
  • enter the password which is 928354

Or join via the following ‘Zoom’ link

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89767595340?pwd=aWt0VjRQUlpGeHkvMHVLbHdla3dZdz09

 

Readings for Sunday 6 September

Ezekiel 33: 7-11                   Romans 13: 8-14              Matthew 18: 15-20

 

“Where two or three are gathered in my name,

I am there among them.” (Matthew 18: 20)

 

Over the last 5 months as a church community we have learnt what it has been like to have been together yet apart. The need to socially isolate has challenged us, yet we have also learnt what it feels like for those who are more permanently housebound.

 

We have adapted to different ways of doing church and recognised that some of those ways are going to be beneficial to some of us in the longer term. Recording services to put online, prayer services by telephone, even maybe an autumn course by Zoom? Creative ways of being church that hold us together, even when we are physically apart.

 

In this we must take heart, because when Jesus said ‘where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them’, he did not mean that when one person prays alone their prayers are not heard or answered. We are a people of community, made in the image of God, who is Three in One. As Christians we can never be alone in our prayers because they are inspired by the Holy Spirit who resides within us. We are bound together in heart, mind and spirit, praying to the Father, in the Name of Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

However, this does not negate our responsibility to continue to look out for one another, and to encourage one another in our joys and sorrows. We have now moved into a new season as schools return and shielding for most has come to an end, but there will still challenges, hurdles and enforced pauses from time to time. We must continue to find ways to support those who remain within their homes and hold one another in prayer before God.

 

You may be familiar with this hymn:

As we are gathered Jesus is here

One with each other, Jesus is here

Joined by the Spirit, washed in the blood

Part of the body, the church of God

As we are gathered Jesus is here

One with each other, Jesus is here

 

Wherever we are, together or apart, we are united in Christ and we simply join our own songs of praise and prayers to all the others being offered at the same time in the reassurance of His presence with each one of us.                                                                                          Revd Alison

The Collect for Sunday

Almighty God, who called your Church to bear witness

that you were in Christ reconciling the world to yourself:

help us to proclaim the good news of your love

that all who hear it may be drawn to you;

through him who was lifted up on the cross,

and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever. Amen

 

Prayers

In peace, let us pray to Jesus our Lord, who ever lives to make intercession for us. Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name.

Lord of faith and truth, we bless your holy name.

 

Lord, you are among us even when we are few in number gathered in your name.

Strengthen and bless all who meet to celebrate your sacraments and feed on your word  and be with those who worship you from within their homes.

In your love, fulfil all that your law upholds.

Lord of faith and truth, we bless your holy name.

 

Lord, you are among us in disputes and agreements.

Open our hearts to your reconciling grace that we may model a different way of being to a world that is dominated by strife and disagreement.

Heal the hurts of injuries borne and evil intent.

Lord of faith and truth, we bless your holy name.

 

Lord, you are among us when we share food and tell our stories of your guiding presence.

Encourage and sustain us in your fellowship as we continue to journey through this pandemic, alone and together.

Come alongside us as we accompany one another on our journey of faith.

Lord of faith and truth, we bless your holy name.

 

Lord, you are among us in sickness and health.

Teach us to see through our frailty to your loving mercy that always holds us and to trust in you for those we love and care for.

We pray for all those in need of your healing touch on their lives …

For clinicians’ skill and friends who are there whatever befalls, we give you thanks.

Lord of faith and truth, we bless your holy name.

 

Lord, you are among us when tears flow and day turns to night.

Gather to yourself all who have died …

Bring comfort, peace and strength to their families and friends as we hold them before you.

Bring us to the joy of the dawning new day of your resurrection.

Lord of faith and truth, we bless your holy name.

 

Let us commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray,

to the mercy and protection of God.

 

Merciful Father,

accept these prayers

for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen

Our weekly prayers of intercession

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

 

Elsie Richardson, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, John Richardson, Peter Bowler, Catherine Ritchie, James Astle, Miles Brain, John & Ann Shuttleworth, Margaret Wright, Molly Wright, Norman Latham, Mary Leigh, Gillian Wright, Carl Hartley, John Hargreaves, Pauline Bevans, Val Morris, Alan Holmes, June Stringer, Jayne Walker, Sue Kenchington, Angela Stott

 

For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends:

George Beecham, Dorothy Poole, Nancy Moss, Olive Munden

 

And those whose year’s mind falls in this month:

Ethel Rowley                                      Eliza Jane Maskrey

Wilfred Stanley Hope                         Francis Howard Sadler

Edith Mary Armstrong                       Gordon Wright

Kelvin Rose                                         Alice Hilda Porter

Elsie Doris Warrilow                          Allan Gordon Williams

Donald Leslie Riley                             Doreen Maskrey

Elsie Hollins                                        Allan Francis Richardson

Timothy Johnston                               Annie Baron

Gillian Marie Street                           Gwendoline Harvey

Kenneth John Salt                              Elizabeth Dytch

Walter Smith

 

If you would like any names to be added to this list, please email rector.stone@gmail.comor ring Revd Ian Cardinal on 01785 812747

 

 

 

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, Westover Drive, Parkhouse Drive, Old Rectory Road, Claremont Close, Cedar Park, Parkway, 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, Tilling Drive Estate

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