You are here7th February 2016
7th February 2016
The Parish Churches of
St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with
St Saviour Aston by Stone
ST SAVIOUR’S CLEANING AND COFFEE ROTAS. None of us want to sit in a dirty church, and part of the quality of our welcome in Christ is being there at the end of worship with a hot drink and a smile: but both need volunteers urgently! Can you help? Please see Christine Burton
MAGAZINE DELIVERIES on the Lichfield Rd are needed. Can anyone help? Please contact Berwyn Babb 812921
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday – Wednesday 10th February. It’s one of the core moments of the Christian year, and for centuries has been accompanied with a service of Holy Communion, with the blessing and imposition of ashes. These aren’t any old ashes of course:- they are the remnants of last year’s Palm crosses, burned and ground into ash.
But although somewhat austere, the key notion behind Ash Wednesday is actually that of renewal. Yes, it’s about the stripping away of all the things that get in the way of our faith: but this is to allow the grace of the Holy Spirit to flow more freely. All too often we are unable to receive all that God intends for us, simply because our hands are too full of things that are actually unimportant
Let me quote a modern hymn for you:
‘Look at the birds in the air ‘
the Lord said
‘They fly unhampered by care’
the Lord said
‘You will move easier if you’re travelling light
for you’re a wandering vagabond race.
You’re the people of God ‘.
May Lent be a season of renewed faith and light for us all. See you in Church on Ash Wednesday!
Hymns for today
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Please pray for the sick in the benefice:
Ron Burton, Mary Townsend, Ron Osborne, Doreen Knight, Rod Tobias, Noelle Emery, Andrew Kelsall, Terry Clarke, Peter and Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Glenn Ashall, Barbara Thornicroft, Roy & Barbara Ball, Martin Cardinal, Baby Tanya Hancock, Vera Tomkinson, Crystal Jenkins, Neil Wynne, Gary Kelsall, Julia Johnson, Rosemary Tranter, Jocelyn James, Emily Franks
And for the departed:
Alan Powell, Harry Townsend, Constance Kear, Patricia Lamb
Remembering their families and friends at this time
Monday 8th 10.30 am Holy Communion – Summerfield Court
Tuesday 9th 10.15 for 10.30 am Mother Union AGM – St Michael’s Hall
11.45 am – 1 pm DROP IN CAFÉ – St Michael’s Hall
Wednesday 10th 7.30 pm Holy Communion with Blessing and Imposition of ashes
ASH WEDNESDAY St Michael & St Wulfad
Thursday 11th 9.30 am Holy Communion – The Moorings
10.30 am Holy Communion – St M&W
HEALING AND MEDITATION SERVICE this Sunday (7th) at 4pm, St Michael & St Wulfad. All welcome
HOT POT SUPPER Aston Village Hall Saturday 13th February – details to follow
LENT 2016 Ash Wednesday is February 10th and we begin the important season with Blessing and imposition of ashes – 7.30 pm St Michael & St Wulfad. Details of this year’s Lent course are in the yellow leaflet in each church
MOTHERS UNION AGM Tuesday 9th 10.15 am for 10.30 am.