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7th April 2019

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 04 April 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


MAUNDY THURSDAY WATCH OF THE PASSIONAs usual we shall hold our Maundy Thursday Eucharist at St Michael & St Wulfad’s at 7.30pm. This is followed by the Watch, where we take it in turns to watch with Jesus, before his arrest. Please can you complete the slot you would like to take, in 30 minute periods. List at the rear of each Church


PASCHAL BREAKFASTEaster begins at 6am for us! For those brave enough, there is the reward of a light breakfast in St Michael’s Hall, after the Easter mysteries. If you would like to break your fast like this, there is a list to sign!

Said Judas to Mary, "Now what will you do

with your ointment so rich and rare?"

"I'll pour it all over the feet of the Lord,

and I'll wipe it away with my hair," she said,

"I'll wipe it away with my hair."  Sydney Carter


For those of us that can remember the 60s and 70s , a famous modern hymn, of course. But it refers to this week’s gospel, where Mary does exactly this to Jesus, famously recorded in slightly different forms in each of the gospel stories

Judas is famously embarrassed by Mary’s action: nice women just didn’t do this sort of thing in Palestine – and a real Rabbi would never have permitted his dignity to have been so compromised, he reasons. Perhaps we are sympathetic? Having been to some flesh creepingly awful acts of worship in my time, I can’t say it doesn’t include me! But each of us needs to remember that Jesus commends Mary. Her extravagant heart has realised what she owes to the Lord of Life.

So this week we are confronted with an extravagant God – one who spends everything he has for love of you and me. That is the meaning of Passiontide – an extravagant God who will not allow anything to get in the way of our coming home to him


Ian Cardinal


Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            243                              220

Ps 126                        159

159                              346

344                              389/255

255                              148


Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery,  Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, Emily Franks, John Richardson, Annette McMullen, Peter Bowler, Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor, Graham Baker, Jackie Finnemore,  James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin


And for the departed:

Owen Roberts, James Shardlow, Patrick Collier


Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Monday 8th 9am & 5pm Morning & Evening Prayer St M&W

            7pm Holy Communion before ASTON AGM

Tuesday 9th 9am & 5pm Morning & Evening Prayer St Saviour’s

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

            12 Noon Stone Deanery Chapter – 11 Farrier Close

            1pm Trinity Skills Easter service – St M&W

            7.30pm STONE DEANERY SYNOD – St John’s Oulton – all welcome

Wednesday 10th Lent Holy Communion & Address – St M&W

Thursday 11th 9.30am Holy Communion – The Moorings

10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

1pm Pirehill School Easter Service – St M&W


LENTEN ADDRESS AND HOLY COMMUNION:St Michael & St Wulfad’s Wednesday 7.30pm. This week our speaker is Richard Hume. Richard began as a Non stipendiary Curate in Longton, but is now serving a stipendiary Curacy at St Gabriel’s Walsall


LADIES OUTING– Wednesday 19th June to Buzzard’s Valley Vineyard and distillery. Cost £20. See Steph for leaflet, to book your place and to pay – as soon as possible, please