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August 2019


18th August 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

Tough words in this week’s gospel “Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division!” Perhaps you are thinking it doesn’t happen like that anymore, in polite 21st Century Britain?

When I was at college, there was someone studying with me; he had a really tough time of it – but not because he found the studying hard or anything like that. No, the tough part for him was a weekly letter he got from his parents. Instead of being proud of a Son that was studying for the Priesthood, he received a diatribe from his Mother that always ended “When are you going to stop this silly nonsense, come home and get a proper job?”  Terribly sad, of course, but not totally unknown, even today

Jesus talks this week about the demands of the gospel: how those who choose his way have to be single minded in the way that they live. This calling for each Christian will make some hard decisions inevitable: it may indeed start to demand a conflict with the things we would naturally like to do – and certainly demands that we live differently from the ways of the World

Think for a moment about the things that we may be called to do: at one stage there was almost a pride in people who claimed they were suffering “road rage” when they behaved aggressively or unkindly. And what about the times we are called to speak up for those who have no voice? It’s sometimes fashionable to say that our Government should reduce or cancel the tiny proportion of our income that is spent on relief efforts? What do you think Jesus would say about that kind of thing?

So being a Christian means we must be tough. It’s one of the most stupid remarks ever that our faith gives us a crutch to rely on in difficult times. The truth is that our faith is “Comfort to the troubled – but trouble to the comfortable!” The costs may indeed be high – but the eternal rewards are millions of times larger.

 

Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone  

            197                              467

            296                              296

                        226                              393

463/404                       364/231

136                              448

 

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, Molly Wright

 

And for the departed:

Michael Tranmer, Beryl Brookes, Joyce Evans, Janet Brenda Chattaway

 

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 20th NO DROP INN CAFÉ

Thursday 22nd 10.30am Holy Communion – St Michael & St Wulfad

 

LADIES OUTINGBook your places for Afternoon Tea at Aston Marina on Wednesday 18th September at 3.30pm. See Steph (from 21st July) – cost £16. Final week to book and pay is August 25th

 

CREAM TEA AND EVENSONGThis Sunday, 18th, at Aston St Saviour, Cream Tea will be served before the service of Evensong.

 

HISTORY AFTERNOON Saturday 24th August at 2.30pm Come and learn some of the interesting history of St Michael & St Wulfad’s Church.

Tickets £5.00, includes cream tea (tea, coffee, scones) and cake.

Contact Philip Leason for tickets (01785 817980).

 

AUTUMN FAIR Saturday 14th September – St Michael & St Wulfad’s, from 10.00 a.m. to 12.30; A replacement for the garden party that was due to be held earlier in the year.

11th August 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

            And so Jesus talks to us about money again, in this week’s gospel. It’s a sign of our times that everyone gets terribly excited about sexual ethics in Church, but the subject of money hardly gets a mention! It’s one of those truisms that the Bible has far more to say about money and the way in which God’s people use it, than it does about almost anything else. I remember being accused of being a “leftie” back in Lincolnshire, when I read out a part of this gospel: it was fashionable to accuse the Church of being “Marxist” back then and the gentleman concerned was quite stunned when I pointed out I had been reading the words of the Lord!

            But this time, there is an added frisson. The words of Jesus go on to a sort of Advent flavour, when he talks about the times “when the Master” comes, asking the question – what will he find? One thing is certain, we know – all of us will find ourselves, at the end of our lives, with the realisation that the things of this world are passing and temporary. No-one will ask us whether we lived in a mansion, or if we were successful in this world’s terms. Instead we will be asked about the kind of way in which we lived – and about our relationships with God. Are we ready for that day? That is the essential question.

            I once talked with a potential bridegroom about his faith and his reasons for wanting to marry in church. With great honesty he replied that he felt he could do more good by not attending on a Sunday, “droning through old fashioned hymns” (he obviously had never heard our singing!)  Honest, I say, but mistaken. I wonder what Jesus will have to say to all of us when we reach this position?

 

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone  

            318                              566

            73                                73

                        26                                473

566/342                       287/53

285                              246

 

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, Molly Wright

 

And for the departed:

Michael Tranmer, Doreen Pearson, Catherine Brookes

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 13th NO DROP INN CAFÉ

Thursday 15th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

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

 

CREAM TEA AND EVENSONGNext week, at Aston St Saviour, Cream Tea will be served before the service of Evensong. Do please sign the list at the back of both Churches if you would like to partake

 

HISTORY AFTERNOON Saturday 24th August at 2.30pm Come and learn some of the interesting history of St Michael & St Wulfad’s Church.

Tickets £5.00, includes cream tea (tea, coffee, scones) and cake.

Contact Philip Leason for tickets (01785 817980).




4th August 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

            What’s important in your life? And what is of lasting value? I remember a preacher asking the question as to what we would do if we suddenly and unexpectedly gained a large sum of money? I was then shocked at myself, when the preacher followed with the words “of course, most of us would want to make sure that our children were well looked after first”. I had been thinking of all the things I could enjoy and do! A good insight into the state of my innermost feelings for me.

            This week’s parable has a man coming to Jesus and asking him to adjudicate over property between him and his brother. That wasn’t unusual in itself; where religious law is mixed with the law of the land, it was not unusual for a Rabbi to be asked to judge in such cases. But Jesus sees through the question and starts warning against every kind of greed, telling the story of the rich man who stores up goods is this world, but has no thought of the things that really matter in the eyes of our heavenly Father.

            So what does really matter to you? What fills your waking and sleeping thoughts? Jesus warns us that it is all too easy to become obsessed and worried about those things which will simply fade away at the end of our lives. “You can’t take it with you” was the old adage – but there are an awful lot of those things, and money is only one of them

            We are asked by Jesus to concentrate instead on the things of eternity. Jesus calls them “treasure in Heaven” – and they are certainly the things that we CAN take with us

 

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone  

            55                                56

            Ps84                            520

                        316                              158

520                              339/342

427                              285

 

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:

Michael Tranmer, Doreen Pearson

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 6th NO DROP INN CAFÉ

Thursday 8th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

            2pm Deanery Standing Committee - Rectory

 

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

 

HEALING AND MEDITATION SERVICEThis Sunday (4th August) at 4pm. All welcome for a time of calm reflection and music