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December 2019


29th December 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

Incarnation

by Ann Lewin

 

He´s grown, that baby.

Not that most people have noticed.

He still looks the same,

Lying there in the straw, with

Animals and shepherds looking on.

He´s safe there, locked in that moment

Where time met Eternity.

 

Reality of course is different,

He grew up, astonished people with his

Insight, disturbed them with

Ideas that stretched them into

New maturity.

 

Some found him

Much too difficult to cope with,

Nailed him down to fit their

Narrow minds.

 

We are more subtle,

Keep him helpless,

Refuse to let him be the Man he is,

Adore him as the Christmas Baby,

Eternally unable to grow up

Until we set him free.

 

By all means let us pause there

At the stable, and

Marvel at the miracle of birth.

But we´ll never get to know

God with us, until we learn

To find him at the Inn,

A fellow guest who shares the joy and sorrow,

The Host who is the life we celebrate.

 

He´s grown, that Baby.

Hymns for today all numbers on carol sheet

                        Aston                          Stone

            1                                  3

            11                                20

                        9                                  9

14/13                           14/13

20                                11

 

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, Norman Latham, Michael Richardson

 

And for the departed:

John Rushton, George Wright, Norman Goodwin

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 31st NO DROP INN café – Christmas break

Thursday 2nd 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

Saturday 4th 7pm Boar’s Head Feast Aston Village hall

 

BOARS HEAD FEAST Saturday 4th January at Aston Village Hall – tickets available for Aston Social Committee at £12.50 each. A fun evening celebrating the traditional end of the Christmas season awaits us all!

 

SUNDAY 5TH January 4pm Healing and meditation service at St M&W – all welcome. This will be with a Taize flavour this month

 

Thank youto all those who have greeted us with cards and gifts this Christmas: It has been very much appreciated

 

And thank youto all our Musicians, Church decorators, cleaners, duplicators, servers, Carol singers, you name them, for all the hard work to make Christmas special!

 

If we haven’t greeted you already,a most happy and blessed continuing Christmasto you all

22nd December 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

CHRISTMAS SERVICES IN OUR BENEFICE

 

24th December            4pm Crib service                                

St Michael & St Wulfad

 

                                    6.30pm Parish carol service    St Saviour

 

                                    11.30pm Blessing of Crib

                             & First Mass of Christmas    

St Michael & St Wulfad

 

25th December   8am  Holy Communion                     

St Michael & St Wulfad

 

25th December   9.15am Holy Communion                  St Saviour

 

                                    10.45am Christmas Family Communion

                                                                        St Michael & St Wulfad

 

May you all have a Holy and Blessed season

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

            467                              467

            136                              136

                        448                              448

452/198                       463/198

513                              307

 

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, Norman Latham, Michael Richardson

 

And for the departed:

Simon Levitt, John Rushton, George Wright, Norman Goodwin

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 24th NO DROP INN café – Christmas break

For Christmas services – see over

Thursday 26th NO HOLY COMMUNION TODAY

 

BOARS HEAD FEAST Saturday 4th January at Aston Village Hall – tickets available for Aston Social Committee at £12.50 each. A fun evening celebrating the traditional end of the Christmas season awaits us all!

 

A BIG THANK YOU:-

To everyone who helped run the Aston Christmas Fair. This raised a record of nearly £1500 this year

 

To everyone that contributed toward the ST M&W Christmas Tree festival. Although this wasn’t really for money raising, it still raised over £500 over the weekend

 

BOXING DAYthere will be no Holy Communion at 10.30am – everyone having a rest!

25th December 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

 

 

Thank youto all those who have greeted us with cards and gifts this Christmas: It has been very much appreciated

 

And thank youto all our Musicians, Church decorators, cleaners, duplicators, servers, Carol singers, you name them, for all the hard work to make Christmas special!

 

Carols for Christmas services

            Midnight                    9.15 am                       10.45 am

            19                                19                                20

            20                                11                                7

            16                                7                                  14

            Choir/6/3                    13/2                             2/5

            10                                12                                10

            12       

 

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, Norman Latham, Michael Richardson

 

And for the departed:

Simon Levitt, John Rushton, George Wright, Norman Goodwin

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Thursday 2nd 10.30 am Holy Communion – St M&W

A most happy and blessed Christmas to you all

SUNDAY 5TH January 4pm Healing and meditation service at St M&W – all welcome

15th December 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

This Sunday, the third in Advent, is marked by lighting the third candle, which is often coloured pink. Why? Wouldn’t it be more sensible to keep it till Advent 4, when we commemorate the Blessed Virgin Mary? No, this has always been “Gaudete Sunday” since earliest times

The reasons behind this are that Advent was originally 40 days long and a season that was directly comparable to Lent. This Sunday was therefore equivalent to “Refreshment” or “Mothering Sunday” – a mid-point when the fast could be broken for a day. Gaudete means “Rejoice” and the name derived from the first words of the traditional Mass of the day

By the 9th century, Advent was then shortened to the 4 weeks that we have now and the third Sunday became the penultimate one we have today. The day still keeps its character and the traditional vestments may be altered from Advent purple to the Rose Pink we have at St Michael & St Wulfad’s

It is interesting to note that the theme of Advent can be less austere than Lent. The theologian Henri Nouwen points out that these days are to be joyful – not because our outward circumstances have changed, but because here we are reminded that we are unconditionally loved by God – and that nothing can take that love away. Equally Pope Francis has preached that “Gaudete Sunday is known as the "Sunday of joy", and that instead of fretting about "all they still haven't" done to prepare for Christmas, people should "think of all the good things life has given you”

 

Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

            401                              401

            196                              470

                        358                              358

452/520                       452/520

307                              513

 

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, Norman Latham, Joan Lazonby,

 

And for the departed:

Simon Levitt, John Rushton

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 17th NO DROP INN café – Christmas break

            LADIES OUTING to Lichfield Cathedral illuminations

Thursday 19th 10.30am Holy Communion – St Michael & St Wulfad

Saturday 21st 11.45am Carols in the Market Place

 

THIS SUNDAY 15TH CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT4pm at St Michael and St Wulfad: As usual we hold our own Carol service for all parishioners to enjoy. Do come and join the joyful singing

 

LADIES OUTINGTuesday 17th December – 4pm Buffet at Chapters, 5.30pm Cathedral illuminations. Drivers, please make arrangements with your passengers

 

BOARS HEAD FEAST Saturday 4th January at Aston Village Hall – tickets available for Aston Social Committee at £12.50 each. A fun evening celebrating the traditional end of the Christmas season awaits us all!

8th December 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

NEXT SUNDAY 15TH CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT4pm at St Michael and St Wulfad: As usual we hold our own Carol service for all parishioners to enjoy. Do come and join the joyful singing

 

I wonder what you make of this week’s Old Testament reading? The prophet Isaiah tells of a time when wolves lie down with lambs and even Lions become vegetarians! It all sounds most unlikely, doesn’t it?

Of course, if we are thinking straight, we might associate it all with the stories of creation in the book of Genesis. When God creates all the animals and Adam names them, there is no thought of them eating each other! In our current world, animals (and people!) strive against each other for food and other resources – I have just watched two squirrels chasing each other for nuts. But maybe that’s not how creation really ought to be. Maybe, just maybe, we can hear from Isaiah about creation re-made; creation put straight – and all this is in the promise of the Messiah

Advent is about getting ready of course. We make ready for the time when the King comes, to right all wrongs – and to put us on the true path again. We all know we have been waiting a while now – but in Jesus we see the glimmers of hope fulfilled. And our first taste of John the Baptist is as his Herald

So are you ready? Not just for Christmas, with all that it brings – but for King Jesus when he comes. The one thing is absolutely certain. Our world will be very, very different

 

Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

            49                                49

            566                              566

                        513                              513

98/489                        198/295

307                              489

 

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, Norman Latham, Joan Lazonby,

 

And for the departed:

 Jean Jones, Sheila Howells, Simon Levitt, John Rushton

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Monday 9th 10.30am Faith Matters Communion & Christmas tree festival

            7pm 5th St Michael Scouts Carol service – St M&W

Tuesday 10th 11.45am-1pm Final Drop Inn Lunch this year – Hall

1pm Trinity Skills Carol service St M&W

6.30pm Guides Carol service – St M&W

7pm Aston Scouts Carol service – St Saviour’s

Wednesday 11th 2.30pm St Michael’s school service

Thursday 12th 10.30am Holy Communion – St Michael & St Wulfad

Saturday 14th 3pm Staffordshire Masonic Carol Service – all welcome

 

ADVENTIVITYThat time of year again. If any wish to host the figures of the Holy Family this year, please see Dennis (Stone) or Berwyn (Aston)

 

THIS SUNDAY 8th Decemberis our Town Mayor’s Carol service at 3pm in St Michael & St Wulfad’s Church. The invitation is for all to come and joyfully sing the carols as we celebrate our Civic life together.

 

SATURDAY 14TH DECEMBERwe welcome the Province of Freemasons to celebrate our Saviour’s birth in their carol service at 3pm. The provincial Grand Secretary is most anxious that it should be stressed that this is an open service and that all are warmly welcomed to attend that afternoon