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9th September 2012

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 09 September 2012



The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


CONFIRMATION Bishop Geoff is coming Sunday 16th  to the 10.45am Service to Confirm candidates from this Benefice. Please uphold the Candidates in your prayers and come and support them on the day


I used to dread school reports coming out: I always wondered what the Teachers would say about me – and all too often their verdict would include the sonorous phrase “could do better!” How did they know that? Could I have done? And did they think I was just lazy?

But it could be God’s verdict on the human race, couldn’t it? The standard interpretation of the Old Testament is of a people that fail to live up to God’s standards: and you might be forgiven for thinking he would soon give up on them.

This Saturday (8th) though, stands for a different viewpoint. It’s a “Lady Day” – a day on which we celebrate the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary. And if Mary stands for anything in the Bible, she stands for Humanity fulfilled: the person who says a resounding “Yes!” to all God’s purposes – and so she and Joseph become the parents of the Lord!

Too often we Anglicans carry too much baggage with us about Mary – and we become so frightened of honouring her that we are in danger of denying Gospel truth. Perhaps we are frightened of ourselves? Perhaps we cannot allow ourselves to believe that God can use frail and fallible humans in his designs? But of course he does – and the days dedicated to her in the Calendar are there to remind us of all that can happen when we allow God to work through us!

“Blessed art thou among Women” says the Archangel; with all Christians we rejoice this weekend and we are challenged to see what God can and will do among us.


Ian Cardinal


Hymns for today

                                Aston                                    Stone   

139                                         467        

265                                         167        

                                287                                     568            

127/386                                386/352

456                                         532


Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Val Gerrard, Dorothy Burton, Mavis Pick, Helen Zeter, Mary Townsend, Francis Wright, Mavis Foster, Tristan Simms, Kerris Sutherland, Linda Timms, Malcolm Nixon, Neil & Pat Wynne, , Malcolm Clark, Christine Thomas, Sarah Wright, Terry Malkin, Emma Davis, Angela Rose, Ben King, Philip Hulme, Peggy Simms, Dianne Harvey, Karen Povey, Margaret Hill, Ben Smith, Laura Riley, Jeff Taylor, Mary Mountford, Joan Astle

And for the departed:

Tracey Richards, Ruby Weston, Gwen Harvey,

Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Monday 10th 7.30pm Aston PCC meets  - Church

Tuesday 11th 10.15 for 10.30am MU & ladies Guild  - St Michael’s hall

                11.45am Drop Inn Café resumes – St Michael’s hall

                7.00pm CONFIRMATION REHEARSAL – St M & W

Thursday 13th 10.30am Holy Communion – St Michael & St Wulfad

Friday 14th  - BARN DANCE – St Michael’s hall

Saturday 15th – 3pm – MESSY CHURCH – St Michael’s hall


A BARN DANCE in aid of funds to restore the building: Tickets £10 including Supper. Please see Nichola Abbott


MESSY CHURCH: Saturday 15th 3pm till 5.30pm in St Michael’s Hall. This is a great opportunity to work with younger families in our area!


COACH TO SALLY’S LICENSING Sally is to be Licensed at St Mark’s Church Shelton on Tuesday 18th September at 7.30pm. A Coach is booked to take us there at a cost of £5 per head. Please sign the lists at the back of each church if you want to travel this way.


MOTHERS UNION Tuesday 10.15am. – Speaker Richard Moss. All welcome