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January 2018


28th January 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

HEALING AND MEDITATION SERVICEnext Sunday (4th Feb) 4pm St M&W All welcome.

 

This is the last Sunday after Epiphany, the season in which we see Jesus revealed to all peoples as the Messiah, God’s answer to the world’s problems. Next week begins weeks before Lent – which will soon be upon us!

So that makes Friday Candlemas Day – otherwise titled The Presentation of Christ, or the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Jesus is presented in the Temple after 40 days and Simeon and Anna recognise that he is God’s promise fulfilled –“Lord now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace”

But Mary plays a significant part in all of this – and it is marked in St Luke that she is warned of the cost of discipleship. She may not have been martyred, like other Saints, but it costs her dear to see her Son crucified. And it is also marked that she is one of the few, the very few, that dares the foot of the Cross on Good Friday

There has often been a silly “thing” about Mary in non-Roman Catholic churches – that she shouldn’t be revered, that to venerate her is somehow unbiblical. The truth is that earliest Christians called her Theotokos – the God bearer. And it is abundantly clear that, within the gospels themselves, people recognised her blessed status. When the woman of the crowd shouts out that she is blessed to be Jesus’ mother, Jesus himself returns that she is not blessed for that, but rather that she “hears the world of God and keeps it.”  (Luke Ch 11 vs 28)

So when we worship with the knowledge that we are surrounded by angels and archangels and all the company of Heaven, let us remember Mary; she was the first to adore the Son of God and worship him. With those same angels, with Simeon and Anna we call her Blessed

 

 

Ian Cardinal

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

HEALING AND MEDITATION SERVICEnext Sunday (4th Feb) 4pm St M&W All welcome.

 

This is the last Sunday after Epiphany, the season in which we see Jesus revealed to all peoples as the Messiah, God’s answer to the world’s problems. Next week begins weeks before Lent – which will soon be upon us!

So that makes Friday Candlemas Day – otherwise titled The Presentation of Christ, or the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Jesus is presented in the Temple after 40 days and Simeon and Anna recognise that he is God’s promise fulfilled –“Lord now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace”

But Mary plays a significant part in all of this – and it is marked in St Luke that she is warned of the cost of discipleship. She may not have been martyred, like other Saints, but it costs her dear to see her Son crucified. And it is also marked that she is one of the few, the very few, that dares the foot of the Cross on Good Friday

There has often been a silly “thing” about Mary in non-Roman Catholic churches – that she shouldn’t be revered, that to venerate her is somehow unbiblical. The truth is that earliest Christians called her Theotokos – the God bearer. And it is abundantly clear that, within the gospels themselves, people recognised her blessed status. When the woman of the crowd shouts out that she is blessed to be Jesus’ mother, Jesus himself returns that she is not blessed for that, but rather that she “hears the world of God and keeps it.”  (Luke Ch 11 vs 28)

So when we worship with the knowledge that we are surrounded by angels and archangels and all the company of Heaven, let us remember Mary; she was the first to adore the Son of God and worship him. With those same angels, with Simeon and Anna we call her Blessed

 

 

Ian Cardinal

21st January 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

Saturday 17th February – Hot Pot Supper – Aston Village hall.Tickets are now available - £10 each

 

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

 

Sunday 21st

United ServiceHosted By Stone Baptists at 6.00pm

Stone Youth & Community Centre

Station Road

 

Monday 22nd 

St Saviour’s Church, Aston 12 Noon

Short act of worship together followed by simple lunch

 

 

Tuesday 23rd       

Christ Church 10.00am     Coffee Followed at 10.30am  

by  Holy Communion 

 

Wednesday    24th

St Dominic’s Church at 7.30pm               Taize Worship

 

This is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. In many ways it calls for us to be a penitent people, full of sorrow for the past, where we have tortured and tried to enforce a uniformity of worship on people in the name of Christ

But Jesus does ask us to be one in his name – and there is also joyfulness that we have realised that this is his commandment – Love one another! In our age we have come to realise that we do not have the monopoly on Christian truth – and we are rightly suspicious of people that claim that they do! We pray that the love of Christ at work in us will draw us closer together – as we also come closer to him!

 

Ian Cardinal

7th January 2018

Three Kings from Persian lands afar

To Jordan follow the pointing star:

And this the quest of the travellers three,

Where the new-born King of the Jews may be.

Full royal gifts they bear for the King;

Gold, incense, myrrh are their offering.

 

How brightly shines the morning star!

With grace and truth from heaven afar

Our Jesse tree now bloweth.

 

The star shines out with a steadfast ray;

The kings to Bethlehem make their way,

And there in worship they bend the knee,

As Mary’s child in her lap they see;

Their royal gifts they show to the King;

Gold, incense, myrrh are their offering.

 

Of Jacob’s stem and David’s line,

For thee, my Bridegroom, King divine,

My soul with love o’erfloweth.

 

Thou child of man, lo, to Bethlehem

The Kings are travelling, travel with them!

The star of mercy, the star of grace,

Shall lead thy heart to its resting place.

Gold, incense, myrrh thou canst not bring;

Offer thy heart to the infant King.

 

The Traditional Epiphany music from Peter Cornelius