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7th June 2020

By Alison Hudson - Posted on 05 June 2020

St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone and St Saviour Church, AstSunday 7 June 2020


Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.(Matthew 28:19)


The Collect for Sunday

Holy God, faithful and unchanging: enlarge our minds with the knowledge of your truth, and draw us more deeply into the mystery of your love, that we may truly worship you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

Stone with Aston Sunday afternoon prayers by telephone

Not all of ushas access to the internet, so during this time of lockdown each Sunday afternoon we will be offering a short service of Daily Prayer that you can join with via a telephone call.

I apologise to those who have tried to join and not been able to get through, please do try again as Zoom does experience some glitches! The Meeting ID and Password will be the same each week.

These prayers will take place each Sunday at 4pm for Stone and

5pm for Aston, but please feel free to phone in at whichever time suits you best. You do not need a computer for this - just a telephone. The instructions are as follows:

Just before 4pm or 5pm on Sunday 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 keypad-

    897 6759 5340
  • you will be asked for a participant number - just enter #
  • enter the password which is 928354

We will welcome everyone who has phoned in and we will all be able to hear each other speak. We will then say prayers together. The service will last about 15 minutes. The order of service is enclosed with this newsletter so you will need to have that to hand when you ring.

If you have internet access, you can join the meeting via the following ‘Zoom’ link using the above meeting ID and password

During this Coronavirus lockdown we continue to regularly post readings and updates onto our website and Facebook pages and there are also videos of songs and services. The benefice website address is

and Facebook pages are St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone

and St Saviours Church, Aston


Please do not hesitate to contact any of us should you need to talk to someone.

Revd Preb Ian Cardinal 01785 812747    Dennis Abbott 01785 814134                          

Revd Alison Hudson 07725 467246      Fr John Cotterill 07734 815838


Could we please encourage you to continue to put to one side your usual gift of money to the church which can then be put into the plate when we resume our gathered worship.

Alternatively, there is the option of 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 who will forward the relevant form to you. John can be contacted on 01785 815397, or email johnandpat@allaboutimage.netThank you!


Readings for Sunday 7 June

Isaiah 40:12-17, 27-end         2 Cor 13: 11-end          Matthew 28: 16-20

A child will readily paint you a picture of God the Father (Grandad rather than Father). We adults are conscious of this source of all that exists, creator of every person to be unique, who relates to every one of us like a father loves a child. Beyond our physical existence we can recognise a purpose in life.

Even easier for a child to paint is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who in his life, death and resurrection showed to the ultimate what the Father is like and how much he loves us. A historical figure as well as God.

To paint the Holy Spirit, though, seems impossible. Nothing does justice to this power that you can’t pin down or define.

Yet whenever people deride God as just a figment of my imagination, I think back over my life and recall how I have experienced, time and time again, that power of the Holy Spirit guiding, enticing, pushing, calling me in my Christian life.

Let me give you an example. When I was ordained my Godfather gave me a book he’d written on the Trinity. (He gave it the title ‘The Unity of God’, but it’s really about the Trinity. Theologians are like that.)

Years later when browsing in it for an idea for a sermon, a note fluttered out. He’d been unable to attend my confirmation, so this was his letter written for the day when I was confirmed.

It reads: "I shall be thinking of you, particularly at the altar. . . Remember that the Holy Spirit is given once and for all, but not all-at-once. He is given, once and for all, because Confirmation is complete, and He COMES to you. But not 'all at once' – because He comes, to abide as an ever-present friend, who will ever be giving new gifts of strength, for each fresh need, throughout your life." Spot on!

Berwyn was doing some study recently and needed to ask me: “What were the key growth points in my Christian life?” Now, if only you’ll take time to look back over your life you’ll clearly see how this person or that event changed the direction of your life, though at the time you probably didn’t notice the impact it was having. For me, I suddenly realised that in almost every case the Christian growth had not been at my own initiative but from elsewhere: a person, an event, an invitation, an experience, you name it. In retrospect this had been the power of the Holy Spirit – ‘God at work’ as someone described it. No cause for pride, for this was God using the personality He’d given me.

There’s a sequel to these reveries of my past. I was once celebrating a mid-week Communion when – for no good reason! – I ad-libbed a bit, going off the point and slipping in those words of my Godfather about the Holy Spirit. Months later a member of that congregation told me how the words had resonated with their situation at a very dark time, with the assurance of ‘an ever-present friend, who will ever be giving new gifts of strength, for each fresh need, throughout your life.’ 

The twist, is that my Godfather had actually witnessed this person being confirmed, for he was then Rector of the church in which the confirmation took place. It was as if (without my being aware) the Holy Spirit had brought my Godfather’s wise comforting words, across the decades, to fill a present new need.

At that dark time, there had been the direct experience of the Loving purpose of God the Father, demonstrated by the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, through the strengthening Fellowship of the Holy Spirit in that service.

Take a bit of time to think back over your life. Have you grown in the Christian faith because (unwittingly, like me) you encountered the Holy Trinity at work?

Michael Harding


In peace, let us pray to Jesus our Lord, who ever lives to make intercession for us.


Saviour of the world, be present in all places of suffering, violence and pain, and bring hope even in the darkest night. Banish all traces of discrimination and affirm each person and race as precious to you.

Inspire us to continue your work of reconciliation today. 

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer


Lord of the Church, empower by your Spirit all Christian people,

and the work of your Church in every land.

Even in this time of lockdown, give us grace to proclaim the gospel joyfully in word and deed.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer


Shepherd and Guardian of our souls, guide and enable all who lead and serve this community and those on whom we depend for our daily needs. Protect lives and livelihoods, give strength and hope.

Grant that we may seek the peace and welfare of this place. 

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer


Great Physician, stretch out your hand to bring comfort, wholeness and peace to those who have asked for our prayers and all who suffer in body, mind, or spirit …

Fill us with compassion, that we may be channels of your healing love. 

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer


Conqueror of death, remember for good those whom we love but see no longer, for those recently departed this life …

And for those whose year’s mind falls in this month …

Help us to live this day in the sure and certain hope of your eternal victory. 

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer


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:

Mary Townsend, Elsie Richardson, Vera Tomkinson,

Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, John Richardson,

Peter Bowler, Catherine Ritchie, James Astle,

Miles Brain, John & Ann Shuttleworth, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Molly Wright, Norman Latham, Mary Leigh, Gillian Wright,

Carl Hartley, John Hargreaves, Pauline Bevans, Val Morris, Alan Holmes


For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends at this time:

Mary Shardlow, Margaret Harris, Roy Ball, Don Flinders, Vera Naylor


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

Elizabeth Sadler 1986                                Kenneth Williams 1986

John Henry Horne 1991                            Arthur Bolderstone 1994

Geoff Wright 1994                                    Alfred (Harry) Downing 1985

Edward Thomas Miles 1999                      Irene Long 1999

Annie E. Holliman 2003                             Dennis Long 2004

Richard Craig Stubbs 2003                        Rose Lloyd 1990

Roy Hodgkinson 1990                               Noel Guy Wilfred Banks 1976

Peggy Louise Norman Sims 2013              Maureen Joyce Evans 2013


Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, both rest in peace and rise in glory. Amen


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

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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