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July 2018


5th August 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

“And one by one they all drank (the sweet water.) And for a

long time they were all silent. They almost felt too well and strong to

bear it…..” That’s a quote from the CS Lewis children’s book The

Voyage of the Dawn Treader. The passengers notice that the sea water

has become sweet at the end of the world – and the water gives them

life and health beyond imagination.

Lovely thought: and this week Jesus promises “I am the bread

of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever

believes in me will never be thirsty.” - it doesn’t sound too different,

does it? – And yet, what does Jesus mean? Christians do get sick and

die – and we do hunger and thirst – so???

Plainly Jesus is talking about the ultimate times, when all things

shall be made right – and yet he gives us a foretaste of what is yet to

come in the Holy Eucharist. When all things are finally fulfilled, we shall

finally hunger no more – for we shall gaze on him face to face.

We live in a world of the latest fad and fancy. Being as old as I

am it rather amuses me to see fashions come around again that were

almost identical in the 1960s! And yet the hunger for more and more of

the same seems to go on an on. Why spend our money on that which

cannot satisfy? Asked the Prophet Isaiah? Why indeed – and yet none

of us is totally immune.

What Jesus offers is something beyond price and value – the

food which endures to eternity. Yet we find excuses:- I’m too busy that

Sunday – There are other things I need to do - I’m not worthy of taking

Communion etc. The truth is that absenting ourselves doesn’t make

things better – it makes them worse!

So perhaps I should simply echo our Bishop’s strapline for the

Diocese:

Come, follow Christ, in the footsteps of St Chad!

Ian Cardinal

29th July 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

                If we were to ask many people for the favourite stories in the New Testament, it is odds on that one of them would turn out to be the feeding of the five thousand! It’s one of those stories with which so many of us are familiar – and it’s a rarity in that it’s told in every one of the four Gospels

                Nevertheless the “loaves and fishes” story isn’t quite as simple as it seems. Each of the gospel writers tells the story slightly differently – and there are those who would claim that Mark makes a mistake in telling the story twice – once with four thousand and once with five! But that’s a great misunderstanding. With the four thousand the story is told in Gentile territory:- in this relating, Jesus is fulfilling the needs of non-Jewish hearers – people “outside the Pale.” In the five thousand stories it is obviously a Jewish crowd – and the significance of the crumbs remaining filling twelve baskets is that Jesus fulfils every need of the original twelve tribes. In other words he is a Messiah and Lord for all humanity, Jewish or not

                But in the version we read this Sunday, St John is making a different point again. There are huge overtones of the Eucharist in all this language – Christ the Bread of Life – but there is also a throwaway line in there about the crowd wanting to make Jesus into a secular King. The story is quite clear – Jesus fulfils GOD’s version of the Messiah, and not the human one that people would force him into.

                It’s still a temptation: we can try and bargain with God – I’ll go to Church only if you answer my prayer in the way I want – and all the other types of the same thing. God does not work like that – he asks us to accept his love and purposes for us. Just as Jesus declined the secular crown, the role that was to be forced upon him, we have to accept God as knowing the best thing for us. After all – does he not know our needs from the start?

 

Ian Cardinal


22nd July 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

HOLIDAY AT HOME.Our annual day of crafts and activities is to be held in St Michael’s hall on Tuesday August 21st this year. As usual, this is open to all age groups – and helpers will be welcomed in all areas. Please have a word with Rev. Jane

 

This Sunday we celebrate a Saints Day – St Mary Magdalene. Hers is a name we know well, but who was she? The New Testament has several references to her:- St Luke tells us she had seven devils cast from her, St Mark that she stood with Jesus at the foot of the Cross – and that she, with two other women heard the angel on Resurrection morning. St Matthew says that she was one of those to whom Jesus specifically appeared on Easter Day – and St John elaborates this with a graphic account of her weeping at the tomb in Chapter 20.

But there is a whole lot more of this. For one thing, Mary has been repeatedly identified with the fallen woman who wept over Jesus’s feet at Simon’s house (and wiped his feet with her hair.) And what of Mary and Martha? There are repeated inferences that this may yet be the same Mary, the sister of Lazarus and Martha, who chose to listen to Jesus rather than to carry on with domestic tasks. Be that as it may, there are legends that she sailed to Southern France after Easter – and there was a time when her supposed tomb was venerated by Christians at Aix-en-Provence

These things mask the two most important items about Mary Magdalene: the first is that she was someone in whom the power of Christ to save is most evident – and the second is that she was the first witness to the Resurrection, utterly transformed by the presence of the risen Lord. This Sunday’s collect refers to her as a witness of the resurrection. All of us, with her, are called by his touch and power to save to be the same!

 

Ian Cardinal


15th July 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

The Bishop of Shrewsbury’s pastoral letter for July 2018

‘What a brave decision!’ wrote a bishop, on hearing that I was moving to become Priest –in-Charge of Ashburton and the Moorland Team.In ‘Yes, Minister’ speak, this is translated as ‘What a stupid decision!’ He may be right. We’ll see…

Certainly, I will have a lot to learn. Many things have changed in the sixteen years since I last worked as a parish priest. And I wasn’t exactly proficient at some of the detail even then. Youth work was a thriving activity but I remember the time I lost the keys to the minibus having taken the youth group ice skating in North Wales. We had to return 18 young people to the parish in two estate cars with the seats down and every one laid out flat in the back. Their parents were not thrilled. Another time, I had driven the young people up onto the Bickerton Hills in Cheshire to play wide games. I had instructed them to stay in threes but… well, you know. At the end of the evening, there was one missing. Tom had wandered off on his own and was nowhere to be seen. It was getting dark (and no mobile phones in those days) so I decided to cut my losses by leaving my helper – a sixteen year old girl - up on the hills, to wait for Tom. Meanwhile, I drove the others back to the Church where their parents were waiting for them. By the time I returned to the hills, fortunately Tom had appeared and nothing bad had happened to my young female helper. However, it was not my finest hour, the parents of Tom and my helper were rightly furious and, today, I would have been disciplined for negligence.It looks like Health and Safety and Safeguarding training will need to be a priority in Devon.

It will be good to regularly conduct weddings again, too, but I am not exactly relishing all the form-filling and red tape that goes with it. When preparing and marrying an Egyptian Muslim man from Cairo to an English Christian woman back in the 1990’s, I remember thinking I had been quite clever in organising his banns of marriage to be read in the Anglican Cathedral of St Mark in Cairo. It was only later, after the wedding, that Crewe Registry office informed me of my highly irregular practice and that a Christian marriage of a Muslim/Christian couple could be seen as null and void back in Egypt. They helped rectify the situation and keep me out of trouble.

As I move to oversee eight rural parishes on Dartmoor, I am acutely aware that I have a great deal to learn and will need help. Having heard God’s call in this – ‘to go and walk the talk’ – I know that where God calls, he also equips. Still, it feels daunting and I would be grateful for your prayers. I hope, in particular, that the Spirit will give me grace to go on learning how to be a better disciple and a more faithful follower of Jesus.

It has been a privilege to be a companion with you in God’s Mission here in Lichfield Diocese. Mandy and I are extremely grateful for the friendship, kindness and love we have received from the people of Shropshire and the West Midlands. We shall remember you and pray for you as you continue to follow Christ in the footsteps of St Chad. Please pray for us.

+Mark, Bishop of Shrewsbury 

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            313                              467                 

                        500                              405

                        172                              121

                        127/293                       414/5/Worthy of worship

188                              317

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Ron Burton, Mary Townsend, Doreen Knight, Noelle Emery,  Peter and Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, Jocelyn James, Emily Franks, John Richardson, Annette McMullen, Peter Bowler, Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor, Graham Baker, Jackie Finnemore, Wendy Gee, James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  Elsie Woodcock

 

And for the departed:

Clare Austin, John Rowley, Mary Rigby, June Parnell, Gwen Warrilow

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 17th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café – St Michael’s Hall

Thursday 19th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

LADIES GROUPAfter our successful tour of Lichfield Cathedral, the next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 5th September – The World of Wedgwood. Afternoon tea at 1.30pm – cost £16 with optional guided tour at a further cost of £5. Please book your place with Steph – with money – by August 12th

 

EVENSONGwill be sung this Sunday at Aston St Saviour at 6.30pm. All are welcome. Afternoon tea is served beforehand at 5pm

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES

Alison Hudson Licensing– Sept 5th 10am Said Communion St M&W

Jane Morris Final Sunday- Sept 9th at both Churches

Jane Morris Installation and Induction– October 17th at Little Drayton

                                    (time to be finalised)

 


8th July 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

ALL CHANGE

            If you have been reading the latest Tower and Spire then you will already have seen that our Team of Ministers is to increase with the arrival of the Rev’d Alison Hudson. Some years ago Alison actually undertook a brief placement with us as part of her training: but now she is to join us as a recently Ordained Priest and Curate, though Non stipendiary. She will offer roughly half time in our “patch” and I am sure that you will make her welcome

            Bishop Geoff will license Alison to us at a said Communion on Wednesday 5th September at 10am in St Michael & St Wulfad’s. This service will be open to all, but will be a fairly low key event, as she has only just been priested

            But I deliberately said “all change” – because at a very similar moment the Rev’d Jane Morris will be preparing to leave us to become the Vicar of Little Drayton in Shropshire. Jane has been an enormous helpmeet and friend to all of us in this Benefice and it will be with no small sadness that we see her depart. But we must rejoice that, once again, we have been useful to new Priests in their formation for God’s work, both in and out of his church. We are in the business of transforming the world into the Kingdom of God – and in Christ’s name we will wish Jane and Tony many blessings for the future, as we pray for them

            So what will be next, I wonder? God has been very good to our people here and we have been blessed to share so much over the years. One thing we can be certain of – the future will be both challenging and exciting!

 

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            82                                429                 

                        288                              231

                        287                              287

                        404/342                       127/342

10                                10

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Ron Burton, Mary Townsend, Doreen Knight, Noelle Emery,  Peter and Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, Jocelyn James, Emily Franks, John Richardson, Annette McMullen, Peter Bowler, Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor, Graham Baker, Jackie Finnemore, Wendy Gee, James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  Elsie Woodcock

 

And for the departed:

Clare Austin, John Rowley, Mary Rigby, June Parnell, Gwen Warrilow

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 10th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café – St Michael’s Hall

Wednesday 11th 7.30pm STONE PCC meeting - Church

Thursday 12th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

Saturday 14th 3pm – 5.30pm MESSY CHURCH – St Michael’s Hall

 

LADIES GROUPAfter our successful tour of Lichfield Cathedral, the next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 5th September – The World of Wedgwood. Afternoon tea at 1.30pm – cost £16 with optional guided tour at a further cost of £5. Please book your place with Steph – with money – by August 12th

 

CHRIST CHURCH FLOWER FESTIVALOur brothers and sisters in our next door parish are celebrating 180 years this year. On 6th/7th/8th they have a flower festival – do go and support them!

 

JOHN ROWLEY’S FUNERALwill be held at St M&W on 11th July at 11.45am. Prayers for Glenda and the family at this time of course