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October 2021


31st October 2021

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

In todays Gospel, Jesus summarises the whole law and the whole bible into one word – Love. If we have it, nothing more is needed. If we don’t, have it, everything is lost.  To love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength is to always remember him and to do his will every moment of our lives.

We show love of him through having conversations with him through prayers, singing praises,, reading scriptures and maintaining a joyful attitude at all times.

To love others as we love ourselves means to treat them as we treat ourselves, to take care of them as we take care of ourselves.

 

Understanding the real meaning of love brings us near the Kingdom of God but having love in our hearts brings us into the Kingdom of God.

 

“God is Love, and those who live in love live in God, and God lives in them”.

 

Nichola Abbott

17th October 2021

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

The gospel for the Last Sunday after Trinity (Saint Mark chapter 10, verses 46b to 52) is that famous story of Blind Bartimaeus, who asked Jesus to let him see again. (Which was the theme yesterday for our first Messy Church for very nearly 2 years).

Thursday this week, was celebrated as World Sight Day, when we were reminded that millions of people around the world are needlessly blind, because they can't get simple surgery or treatment that would save their sight.

Bartimaeus appealed to Jesus directly to restore his sight, and today, as the hands that Jesus works through in this world are yours and mine, it must be to us that those people who’re not lucky enough to have been born in a country that has a National Health Service to take care of their visual health appeal.

Daunting though it may seem to stand in Jesus’ shoes, there are 2 things that we can all do to respond to those appeals.

Firstly, we can pray for people who don't have access to health services because they live too far away and cannot afford transport. We can pray for those living with permanent blindness, that our world will be increasingly inclusive to people with disabilities, especially remembering those communities around the world where provision is scarce.

We can pray for indigenous people to come forward to train to be ophthalmologists, optometrists, theatre technicians, hospital staff, outreach workers, and all those others who work tirelessly to restore sight. We must also pray that more jobs will be made accessible for people with visual impairments, and that the contributions all can make will be duly recognised. Let there be an end to "Ableism" in places of work throughout the world.

Secondly, however much or however little, we can raise money to help restore sight in the world's poorest places. There are many organisations (including Christian Blind Mission who I support) that we can join or send one off donations to. The results won't be as dramatic or immediate as when Jesus turned and said; "Go, your faith has made you well," but by funding training, equipment, and jobs, to save and restore sight, and educate attitudes, we can begin to do Christ's work, in today's world.

 

Berwyn Babb

10th October 2021

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

SERVICE SHEETS, BOOKS AND HYMNBOOKS. We do wish to be careful about this and will ask you to return them to a table at the rear of Church, rather than sidespeople putting them away immediately.

 

This week’s gospel is the famous account of Jesus’s encounter with the rich young man. The young man in question approaches Jesus and asks his important question “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”  It’s an interesting tale, because there is no inference at all that, when Jesus recites to him the commandments, the young man is less than sincere when he replies “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.”  In other words, he is a good man, under the terms of the Old Testament. Yet he knows that something isn’t quite right

Jesus’s reply is often taken out of context of course. When he suggests that he gives away his wealth and joins the disciples, he is not necessarily saying that all of us should become mendicant Friars. Rather he is challenging the young man to do something positive. OK, he is not mixed up in adultery, theft etc. – but he is not yet, at any rate, able to see that his heart is set on something other than the Kingdom of God. There is something that blocks his closer walk with God – in this case, his money

So the challenge is directly to us: what is it that prevents us from walking more closely with God? It might be wealth – but equally it might be fear, anxiety or even current relationships that we have. In one of my parishes I knew a lady who would like to come to church – but her husband would immediately say “Then who is going to cook my dinner?”

The great shame of all this is Jesus’s promise – that those who are faithful will receive one hundred times anything they have to relinquish. Ultimately the whole of this story is about God’s gracious invitation. “Oh taste and see that the Lord is Good” (Ps 34)

 

Ian Cardinal