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July 2019


14th June 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

Dear Friends,

 

As I prepare this pewsheet, I have just been to see an amazing performance of the musical Godspell. Performed entirely by a cast of youngsters who sang and danced their socks off.

For those of you unfamiliar with the musical, it is based on the parables in the Gospel According to St Matthew.

 

The word “Gospel” is derived from the old Anglo Saxon word “Godspell” meaning good message or good news.

 

One of the parables got me thinking about todays’ Gospel reading – which is from St Luke – the parable of the Good Samaritan. In Matthews Gospel, Jesus is asked about the greatest commandment, but in Luke, the lawyer asks what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus responds with amongst other things, love your neighbour as yourself. The lawyer asked who was this neighbour whom he should love as himself.

We all know how the story of the Good Samaritan goes. – the hated enemy is the compassionate neighbour in this parable.

Jesus has demolished all boundary expectations.  It is not social definitions such as class, religion, gender, or ethnicity that determines who is our neighbour. A neighbour is a person who acts with compassion toward another. The point becomes not who deserves to be loved as I love myself, but that I become a person who treat

6th July 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

 

The new Bishop of Shrewsbury, Sarah Bullock looks forward to discovering Lichfield Diocese.

 

When I read the Bible I hear the voices of God’s people and their stories of faith. These are not always straightforward or easy, but God is faithful and his heart is for all people to come to know him. In the New Testament we encounter God in his son, Jesus, and the Good News he brings is a message of love and justice for all people.

As Christians we are called to live out this message of love and justice in our relationships as we share in God’s transformational work among his people and build communities of hope. Together we need to be open to the transforming message of God’s love for us.

As Bishop of Shrewsbury I will be taking every opportunity to connect with people as we journey together as ‘pilgrims on the road’, discovering this message of hope for ourselves, our families, friends and communities, through conversation, relationship, worship, prayer and encounter. I believe that God has gifted me with a loving heart and a passion to walk with others as together we discover our place in God’s story and our home in God’s heart.

The gospel message is also a call to dynamic living - stimulating progress, hopeful in attitude and encouraging of others as we live the Good News. We need to be brave and ambitious, creative and entrepreneurial if we are to be truly outward-facing believers, engaged with the world.

I am really looking forward to our journey together!

Sarah Bullock

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            349                              164

            Ps 125                        285

                        325                              172

197                              525/429

532                              532

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery,  Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall,

Emily Franks, John Richardson, Annette McMullen, Peter Bowler,   

Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor, Graham Baker,

Jackie Finnemore,  James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott

 

And for the departed:

Bob Philips, Simon Howard, Liz Osborne, Peter Gallagher, John Wood, Errol Hiscock, Mary Wesson, Graham Cooper

 

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 9th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn Café – St Michael’s Hall

Thursday 11th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

HEALING AND MEDITATION SERVICE4pm this Sunday (7th) at St Michael & St Wulfad’s. All welcome for a half hour of quiet prayer and reflection

 

LIZ OSBORNE’S FUNERALtimes are now confirmed as 11.30am for a private family Committal at the Crematorium, followed by a Thanksgiving and memorial service at Aston St Saviour at 12.30pm on Thursday 25th July. All are welcome at Aston

 

MARY WESSON’S FUNERALwill be held at St Michael & St Wulfad’s Church on Friday 26th July, 1.30pm

 

LADIES OUTINGBook your places for Afternoon Tea at Aston marina on Wednesday 18th September at 3.30pm. See Steph (from 21st July) – cost £16