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August 2019


1st September 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

SHALLOWFORD HOUSE OPEN GARDENS AND ART EXHIBITION. Sunday 8 September 2-4pm. Cream teas for sale. For more information speak to Revd Alison Hudson 07725 467246

 

            As many of you will know, my brother was a Circuit Judge. He once described to me the experience of going to a barbeque, where it was quite obvious that they were being ignored, because they weren’t part of the “in” crowd who all knew each other. Eventually one lady turned to him and said condescendingly “and what do you do?” When he replied he was “one of Her Majesty’s justices”, the woman’s expression changed and the assembled guests began to rather fawn about him!

            A shallow reaction, of course – and one doesn’t have to think long before we can answer the question as to what Jesus would think of such behaviour. At the polite dinner party to which he was invited in this week’s gospel, he is dismissive of those who vie for the top places. He tells a parable which talks of sitting down in the lowest place, in the hope of promotion, rather than thinking the best place is reserved for us

            Then Jesus goes a bit further. He says that we should throw parties, not for those who can repay us, but especially for those who can’t! I confess this challenges me:- not that we throw many dinner parties; but how many times do we do things in expectation that people will treat us similarly? All this reminds me of a poem that one of our congregation put in the magazine some years ago:

 

I dreamed death came the other night

And Heaven’s gate swung wide.

With kindly grace an angel ushered me inside.

And there to my astonishment,

Stood folk I’d known on earth.

Some I judged and labelled as unfit—

Or of little worth.

Indignant words rose to my lips,

But never were set free.

For every face showed some surprise

No one expected me!

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone  

            243                              484

            Ps 112                        40

                        232                              106

456                              291/342

143                              143

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend,  Elsie Richardson, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, John Richardson, Peter Bowler,  Catherine Ritchie,  Graham Baker,  James Astle, Miles Brain,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott, Molly Wright

 

And for the departed:

Janet Chattaway, Joyce Watson, Thomas Linstead

 

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 3rd NO DROP INN CAFÉ

Thursday 5th 10.30am Holy Communion – St Michael & St Wulfad

 

HEALING AND MEDITATION SERVICETHIS SUNDAY AT 4PM – St M&W. All welcome to a half hour of quiet music, with the opportunity of laying on of hands and anointing

 

INTERCESSIONS LISTThe list has been growing for some time and some of the long term sick names have been transferred to the intercessions board. No-one is being forgotten – but if you feel a name needs to be brought back, please see the Rector

 

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.

 

SPIRITUAL ESSENTIALS

Spiritual Essentials is a course written by Paula Gooder, a writer and lecturer in Biblical Studies. It covers the essentials of the Spiritual life

We shall be running this course as a study group, this autumn, starting on Thursday 26th September. Details to follow in our pewsheet

25th August 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

New Archdeacon of Walsall.

Julian moved to the West Midlands when he was Associate Minister at St Andrew’s, West Bromwich, and Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns Officer for Lichfield Diocese, from 1999-2002, and has served in the region ever since. Currently Vicar of St George’s Edgbaston in Birmingham Diocese, he is eagerly anticipating his new role in which he will have responsibility for churches across a large part of South Staffordshire and the Black Country including Walsall, Wolverhampton and West Bromwich.

Julian was ordained in 1991 in Southwark Diocese and served as a curate in Wimbledon before becoming vicar in Cottingley, Bradford. After his time in Lichfield Diocese, he became Team Rector in Coventry before he was National Training Co-ordinator for Minority Ethnic Anglicans from 2008-2011. Julian has spent the last eight years as vicar in Edgbaston, an area with great ethnic, socio-economic and religious diversity where his focus has been on using the church as a “community catalyst” through school partnerships and special events. He also served recently as Interim Archdeacon of Birmingham.

Julian (59) is married to Jane who has a lead role in Birmingham Children’s Trust adoption service. They have four children. Julian enjoys golf, cricket and going to the theatre and cinema in his spare time.

The Diocesan Bishop of Lichfield, the Right Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave, added: “It gives me great pleasure to welcome Julian back to Lichfield Diocese and to my senior staff team. He brings a wealth of experience to the role as a church leader in a variety of diverse and challenging areas. I am sure that the churches across South Staffordshire and the Black Country will benefit from his enthusiasm and experience.”

Julian will begin the role following his installation and licensing service at Lichfield Cathedral on 8 November

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone  

            467                              249

            242                              500

                        287                              319

364/342                       276/392

186                              186

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend,  Elsie Richardson, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, John Richardson, Peter Bowler,  Catherine Ritchie,  Graham Baker,  James Astle, Miles Brain,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott, Molly Wright

 

And for the departed:

Michael Tranmer, Beryl Brookes, Janet Brenda Chattaway

 

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 27th NO DROP INN CAFÉ

            7.30pm TEAM meeting – 11 Farrier Close

Thursday 29th 10.30am Holy Communion – St Michael & St Wulfad

 

INTERCESSIONS LISTThe list has been growing for some time and some of the long term sick names have been transferred to the intercessions board. No-one is being forgotten – but if you feel a name needs to be brought back, please see the Rector

 

LADIES OUTINGFinal day for booking a place and paying. See Steph

 

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.

 

SPIRITUAL ESSENTIALS

Spiritual Essentials is a course written by Paula Gooder, a writer and lecturer in Biblical Studies. It covers the essentials of the Spiritual life

We shall be running this course as a study group, this autumn, starting on Thursday 26th September. Details to follow in our pewsheet

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).