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February 2018


25th February 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

LENT. Two courses for you: The first concerns our home grown Lent booklet – all are invited for a half hour or so of discussion on what we have read and learned. This is on Tuesdays after the Drop Inn lunch

The secondis The folly of God: This is a contemplation on the various icons that are offered during a service of Holy Communion at St Saviour’s Aston, Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm.  This week will be “Cornerstone” with the speaker as the Rev’d John Cotterill

 

First a huge vote of congratulations and thanks from us all, to Dennis Abbott, for managing and running the mammoth “Bible Readathon” of the Old Testament in St Michael & St Wulfad’s Church. I know I speak for many when I say that sitting listening to the passages read has given a very different perspective for us all, particularly when we have heard the passages that are not so familiar to us! It has been a massive and a magnificent undertaking – and we look forwards to the second instalment, when we read the New Testament later this year

But the second vote of thanks goes to all the Readers! I have heard people read out loud that I have never heard before – and some of them are clearly hiding their light under a bushel! It is no small thing to read out loud in lengthy half hour portions – and we have all been impressed with the clarity and diction that has been forthcoming. Well done everyone

I suspect we all hope that this has not been just an empty exercise though: the Bible is, naturally, a sacred text – and has been for many thousands of years. Our former Archbishop, Rowan Williams memorably commented that the power of Holy Scripture is a “fluid” thing: it is not that the Holy Spirit sits dictating the text – but rather that the Holy Spirit, working in the people that faithfully hear and seek God can hear the “Word of the Lord.”

So let’s hope and pray that many will have heard God speak in a new way this Lent. And let us ask him that our faith in Christ Jesus may have been built up during this wonderful exercise

 

Ian Cardinal

 

PS. If anyone, having tried reading in Church, would like to join the list of Readers, please have a word with Nichola (St M&W) or Bryan (St S). Thanks

18th February 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

LENT….LENT…LENT…  This most important season: have you got your copy of “Journeys in Lent” yet? – freely available in each Church – take one for interested friends and family. Discussion of the contributions after Drop Inn Lunch on Tuesdays. The Lent course is held at St Saviour’s Aston  7.30pm and Wednesdays: this week we contemplate the icon of “Surrender” – which will be given out on the day. Do join us for something rather different this year

 

TWO SPECIAL SERVICESare looming: at 2.30pm on Sunday 25th February Bishop Geoff is kindly coming to Confirm three members of St M&W congregation. On Sunday 4th March at 3pm we receive the HMS St Vincent Standard for laying up in St M&W.

 

The Bishop of Lichfield, the Right Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave, has appointed six clergy from the diocese to fill vacant Prebendary stalls at Lichfield Cathedral.

They are:

  • The Revd Ian Cardinal, Rector of St Michael and St Wulfad Stone with St Saviour Aston, Rural Dean of Stone and Interim Rural Dean of Eccleshall – to the Prebend of Bobenhull
  • The Revd Philip Moon, Vicar of Bishopwood and of Brewood – to the Prebend of Stotfold
  • The Revd Brian Leathers, Vicar of Alton with Bradley-le-Moors and Denstone with Ellastone and Stanton and Mayfield, and Rural Dean of Uttoxeter – to the Prebend of Dassett Parva
  • The Revd Helen Morby, Rector of Kinnerley with Melverley and Knockin with Maesbrook and or Maesbury – to the Prebend of Wolvey
  • The Revd Sarah Morris, Managing Chaplain HMP/YOI Drake Hall and Bishop’s Advisor for Prison Chaplaincy – to the Prebend of Whittington
  • The Revd Mark Salmon, Vicar of Harlescott and Area Dean of Shrewsbury – to the Prebend of Tarvin.

Prebendaries are members of the cathedral foundation, and become part of its extended community. The award of a Prebendary stall is an honour, recognising the contribution and service of the recipient to the life of the Diocese. In times past, it was also associated with rights and income from a parcel of land after which the Prebend is named.

Bishop Michael said: “I am delighted to offer these six clergy Prebendary stalls to recognise their dedication – whether in parish ministry or, as in Sarah’s case, serving as a chaplain at the heart of the prison community. I look forward to installing them at the Cathedral in April.”

The six will be installed at Cathedral Evensong on Sunday 15 April at 3pm.

 

I am humbled and delighted to receive this great honour

Ian Cardinal

11th February 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

LADIES' MEETING: Next meeting Thursday 8th March – 12.30pm Lunch at the “Star”. Please book your place with Steph Cardinal - £5 deposit needed- by 25th February

 

ASH WEDNESDAYis looming – Wednesday 14th February. Holy Communion with Blessing and imposition of ashes at St Michael & St Wulfad for both parishes 7.30pm that day

 

The verses from our Epistle for today remind me of our Salvation Army Cadets' Sessional Song: I was in the cohort named the 'Proclaimers of the Gospel' (1984-1986).

To be honest, when we first heard it, we were a tad disappointed. We were young and raring to go, and our Song lyrics were quiet; contemplative, even.

But gradually, we began to understand the significance and the importance of experiencing God's light shining in our hearts to give us the knowledge of Christ within us. For, unless we knew Christ for ourselves, how could we possibly be the channels for His light to shine through us, as we 'proclaimed the Gospel'?

How glad are we all today then, to have received this light and knowledge, and to  welcome Christ Himself into our hearts,  so that others, too, may know Him.

As an Old Army song says:

 

Only as I truly know thee

Can I make thee truly known:

Only bring the power to others

Which in my own life is shown.

(Ruth Tracy)

 

 

Thanks be to God for His grace, love and mercy!

 

Jane Morris, Rev'd.

4th February 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

LADIES MEETING: Next meeting Thursday 8th March – 12.30pm Lunch at the “Star”. Please book your place with Steph Cardinal - £5 deposit needed- by 25th February

 

ASH WEDNESDAYis looming – Wednesday 14th February. Holy Communion with Blessing and imposition of ashes at St Michael & St Wulfad for both parishes 7.30pm that day

 

Tidings, tidings that be true,

Sorrow is past and joy doth renew.

 

Whereas Adam caused by sin

Our nature thus to be mortal,

A maiden's son doth now begin

For to repair us from that fall.

And that is true;

The name of him is Christ Jesu.

 

Some of our kind hath had such grace

That since his birth they did him see,

Both son and mother face to face

In the chief city called Jewry. [perhaps an error for 'of Jewry', i.e. Judea]

And that is true;

Both kings and shepherds they it knew.

 

The prophets thereof were nothing dismayed

Of the tidings before that they had told;

For now it is full right as they said,

A clean maid hath born a king in folde. ['on earth']

And that is true;

For he is born to wear the purple hue.

 

This is a Medieval carol for the end of Christmas – February 2nd – The season lasted for a month AFTER Dec 25th and didn’t start till then!