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8th December 2019

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 05 December 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


NEXT SUNDAY 15TH CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT4pm at St Michael and St Wulfad: As usual we hold our own Carol service for all parishioners to enjoy. Do come and join the joyful singing


I wonder what you make of this week’s Old Testament reading? The prophet Isaiah tells of a time when wolves lie down with lambs and even Lions become vegetarians! It all sounds most unlikely, doesn’t it?

Of course, if we are thinking straight, we might associate it all with the stories of creation in the book of Genesis. When God creates all the animals and Adam names them, there is no thought of them eating each other! In our current world, animals (and people!) strive against each other for food and other resources – I have just watched two squirrels chasing each other for nuts. But maybe that’s not how creation really ought to be. Maybe, just maybe, we can hear from Isaiah about creation re-made; creation put straight – and all this is in the promise of the Messiah

Advent is about getting ready of course. We make ready for the time when the King comes, to right all wrongs – and to put us on the true path again. We all know we have been waiting a while now – but in Jesus we see the glimmers of hope fulfilled. And our first taste of John the Baptist is as his Herald

So are you ready? Not just for Christmas, with all that it brings – but for King Jesus when he comes. The one thing is absolutely certain. Our world will be very, very different


Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

            49                                49

            566                              566

                        513                              513

98/489                        198/295

307                              489


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,


And for the departed:

 Jean Jones, Sheila Howells, Simon Levitt, John Rushton

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Monday 9th 10.30am Faith Matters Communion & Christmas tree festival

            7pm 5th St Michael Scouts Carol service – St M&W

Tuesday 10th 11.45am-1pm Final Drop Inn Lunch this year – Hall

1pm Trinity Skills Carol service St M&W

6.30pm Guides Carol service – St M&W

7pm Aston Scouts Carol service – St Saviour’s

Wednesday 11th 2.30pm St Michael’s school service

Thursday 12th 10.30am Holy Communion – St Michael & St Wulfad

Saturday 14th 3pm Staffordshire Masonic Carol Service – all welcome


ADVENTIVITYThat time of year again. If any wish to host the figures of the Holy Family this year, please see Dennis (Stone) or Berwyn (Aston)


THIS SUNDAY 8th Decemberis our Town Mayor’s Carol service at 3pm in St Michael & St Wulfad’s Church. The invitation is for all to come and joyfully sing the carols as we celebrate our Civic life together.


SATURDAY 14TH DECEMBERwe welcome the Province of Freemasons to celebrate our Saviour’s birth in their carol service at 3pm. The provincial Grand Secretary is most anxious that it should be stressed that this is an open service and that all are warmly welcomed to attend that afternoon