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Each week Rector Ian Cardinal writes an article for the pew sheets and includes details of intercessions, diary dates and other information. Here you will find an archive of some of these, to read the full article please click on link on the navigation menu to the right.

21st October 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

            Many years ago I was invited to Lichfield Cathedral: the new Director of Training was to be licensed and appointed and all the Officers of the Board of Ministry were asked to attend. Usually at a Licensing or Induction the former parish would expect to be entertained by the new Parish. In this instance there wasn’t one, so all of us were to be there to welcome both the new Person and the former parishioners

            I found I was seated with the Archdeacons and visiting dignitaries. I had a marked seat with my name on it and I felt very grand. I must have been an important person to be seated as such. The Bishop of Lichfield was taking the service and the Chairman of the Board was preaching – now I had “made it” I thought!

            And then I found myself looking down the arches of our wonderful Cathedral. It was an Autumn evening and the lights were on, but you could not but be impressed by the scale of the thing. Suddenly I was reminded of St Chad – the Abbot of Lastingham  who became our Bishop; who was such a humble man, that he refused a horse,  so he would never look down upon anyone, but would tell them the good news of God’s love face to face. And I knew I was wrong. And I knew I was tiny in comparison to others

            In this week’s gospel James and John thought in worldly terms; they thought they could steal a march on their disciple colleagues by gaining places of honour in the Kingdom of God. The Servant King reminded them that, in God’s eyes, the real greatness is of those who serve the most

 

Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            243                              243                 

                        5 (x2)                           330

                        287                              346

                        342/452                       463/73

380                              186

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery,  Peter and Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, Jocelyn James, Emily Franks, John Richardson, Annette McMullen, Peter Bowler, Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor, Graham Baker, Jackie Finnemore, Wendy Gee, James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  Elsie Woodcock, John & Ann Shuttleworth, Sheila Howells and

Richard Kempa

 

And for the departed:

Victor Kimber, Jean Harris

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 23rd 11.45am – 1pm DROP INN CAFÉ – St Michael’s Hall

Wednesday 24th 7.30pm Ministry Team meeting - Rectory

Thursday 25th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

PARISH DIARIES Pick up your 2019 diary now - £2.50 donation

 

LADIES MEETING:Our next outing is Christmas lunch at Bridgemere on Thursday 13th December. Please see Steph for more details and to book your place

 

ALL SOULS DAY is November 2nd. As usual we would like to invite all those who have had funeral Ministry in this last year: letters now available to deliver – can you help?

 

1918 – 100 YEARS ON Concert to mark the end of WW1 – Admission free, but a retiring collection between RBL and St M&W. Stone Choral Society, St Michael’s school, much more – but chiefly – yourselvesDo come Nov 7th at 7.30pm



 

 




14th October 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

            And Harvest again. This time it is the turn of our brothers and sisters at St Saviour’s – and the year turns once again. Harvest was never so much as mentioned in the Book of Common Prayer – but that’s because Cranmer was used to using August 1st as a kind of Harvest – Lammastide – the first loaf Mass of the year

            But it’s worth considering what harvest meant to the people of the Old Testament:- for them Harvest was different in its meaning from all the nations that surrounded them. For those Nations, Harvest was a kind of prayer to the fertility God, that the year would be as fruitful as the last and that things could carry on as they were

            Very different for the Hebrews: for them Harvest was a thanksgiving to the God who changes things for the better! They always remembered that they had been slaves in Egypt, and that the land in which they dwelt was the gift of God himself. He was the God who had nurtured them – and the Harvest was a prayer of thanksgiving for the God who had good designs for them

            And so for us: Are we a people who hope for nothing ever to change in our church and in our lives? Or are we people of faith – who look at the Bible narrative and trust the God who has carried us so far – that he has a purpose in his love for us, whatever the future may hold; For the real Harvest is a challenging time that asks us to place our hands in the hand of the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Whatever the future may hold, we can surely trust in him!

 

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            101                              285                 

                        186                              175

                        524                              464

                        355/116                       426/53

534                              380

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery,  Peter and Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, Jocelyn James, Emily Franks, John Richardson, Annette McMullen, Peter Bowler, Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor, Graham Baker, Jackie Finnemore, Wendy Gee, James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  Elsie Woodcock, John & Ann Shuttleworth, Sheila Howells and

Richard Kempa

 

And for the departed:

Victor Kimber

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 16th 11.45am – 1pm DROP INN CAFÉ – St Michael’s Hall

Wednesday 17th 7.30pm Rev’s Jane Morris Induction at Little Drayton

Thursday 18th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

PARISH DIARIES Pick up your 2019 diary now - £2.50 donation

 

LICENSING OF REV JANE MORRIS- 17th at 7.30pm. The Coach is booked and will cost £8.50 per head  - leaves from Crown Street at 6.15pm – please meet at 6pm to make sure we set off on time.

 

LADIES MEETING:Our next outing is Christmas lunch at Bridgemere on Thursday 13th December. Please see Steph for more details and to book your place

 

ALL SOULS DAY is November 2nd. As usual we would like to invite all those who have had funeral Ministry in this last year: letters will shortly be available to deliver – can you help?




7th October 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

The Origins of Harvest Festival

Robert Stephen Hawker, the eccentric Parson of Morwenstow in coastal North Cornwall, is credited with creating the Harvest Festival we celebrate today.

Two weeks prior to this first Harvest Festival service, a notice went up in the village which read:

"Let us gather together in the chancel of our church, and there receive, in the bread of the new corn, that blessed sacrament which was ordained to strengthen and refresh our souls."

On the 1st October 1843 “Parson Hawker” gathered his parishioners for the very first Harvest service thanking God for providing such plentiful food. The local corn bread was taken at communion during this service.

Although Christians had always given thanks for the Harvest, Parson Hawker turned it into the annual ritual it now has become. News of his Harvest service was spread by high church magazines and universally adopted.  (from the internet)

 

Although this is a universally accepted part of the Christian year,  I am not altogether sure that we would welcome Parson Hawker as a Rector here today. He was very eccentric and his foibles included:

 

Dressing in multi-coloured clothes, including a pink fez and yellow horse blanket he said was the ancient habit of St Padarn. No one really knew if he was joking or not.

 

He had a phase of only eating clotted cream

 

He ex-communicated his cat for mousing on a Sunday

 

He used to pretend to be a mermaid by dressing up complete with wig, swimming out to sea, sitting on a rock and singing!

 

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            197                              101                 

                        Ps 8                             557

                        277                              137

                        368                              414/328/Sheet

380                              534

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery,  Peter and Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, Jocelyn James, Emily Franks, John Richardson, Annette McMullen, Peter Bowler, Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor, Graham Baker, Jackie Finnemore, Wendy Gee, James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  Elsie Woodcock, John & Ann Shuttleworth, Sheila Howells and

Richard Kempa

 

And for the departed:

Clifford Haines, Victor Kimber

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 9th 11.45am – 1pm DROP INN CAFÉ – St Michael’s Hall

            2pm Deanery Mothers Union Eucharist – St M&W

Thursday 11th 9.30am Holy Communion – the Moorings

10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

PARISH DIARIES Pick up your 2019 diary now - £2.50 donation

 

HARVEST THANKSGIVINGHarvest Eucharist at St M&W 10.45am Sunday 7th October, at Aston Sunday 14th October. Harvest Supper Saturday 13th October at St Michael’s Hall 7pm with guest entertainment. Please sign the list at the back of church.

 

HEALING SERVICE:Sunday 7th October at 4pm in Ss M&W.

 

LICENSING OF REV JANE MORRIS- we are hoping to run a coach to Jane’s licensing on Weds 17th October. If you would be interested in going on the coach, please sign the relevant lists. There will be a cost, but until we know the coach is feasible we won’t know how much yet.




30th September 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

 

The book of common prayer was first authorised for use in the Church of England in 1549.

It was radically revised in 1552 and there were minor revisions in 1559 1604 and 1662.

The prayer book of 1662 with minor changes has continued as the standard liturgy of most Anglican Churches n the British Commonwealth. Outside the Commonwealth most churches of the Anglican Communion possess their own variants of the English prayer book.

The first prayer book was prepared primarily by Thomas Cranmer who became Archbishop of Canterbury in 1533. It was viewed as a compromise between old and new ideas and was, in places diplomatically ambiguous in its implied teaching. It aroused opposition from both conservatives and the more extreme reformers. The latter prevailed and the 2nd prayer book of Edward VI was introduced in 1552. The revision made great changes in its text and ceremonies – all in a protestant direction. It was further restored by another Act of Uniformity in 1559/ It included a few small but significant changes which allowed for belief in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist and removed an offensive prayer against the Pope. The Puritans weren’t satisfied and on the accession of James 1st renewed demands for change at the Hampton Court Conference. It resulted in some concessions in the prayer book of 1664.

The victory of the parliamentarians in the English Civil War resulted in the proscription of the prayer book under the commonwealth and protectorate. After the restoration in 1660 a revision of the prayer book was adopted in 1662, which was essentially unchanged.

Further revisions were proposed but failed. No further revisions were attempted until the 20th century. The Church of England and most of those within the Anglican Communion did, however, develop anexperimental liturgy in contemporary language that was widely used and, after much controversythe Church of England and the Protestant Episcopal in the United States at the end of the 1970s

 

Nichola Abbott

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            564                              564                 

                        120                              39

                        427                              33

                        73/308                        452/73

33                                388

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery,  Peter and Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, Jocelyn James, Emily Franks, John Richardson, Annette McMullen, Peter Bowler, Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor, Graham Baker, Jackie Finnemore, Wendy Gee, James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  Elsie Woodcock, John & Ann Shuttleworth, Sheila Howells and

Richard Kempa

 

And for the departed:

Doreen Knight, Graham Forrester, Rona Watkins

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 2nd  11.45am – 1pm DROP INN CAFÉ – St Michael’s Hall

Wednesday 3rd 7.30pm Stone PCC in Church

Thursday 4th  10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

PARISH DIARIES Pick up your 2019 diary now - £2.50 donation

 

HERITAGE OPEN DAYat St M&W Saturday 6th October. Lots of volunteers needed for the day when we often get a LOT of visitors! Please sign the list at the back of church.

 

HARVEST THANKSGIVINGHarvest Eucharist at St M&W 10.45am Sunday 7th October, at Aston Sunday 14th October. Harvest Supper Saturday 13th October at St Michael’s Hall 7pm with guest entertainment. Please sign the list at the back of church.

HEALING SERVICE :  Sunday 7th October at 4pm in Ss M&W.

 

LICENSING OF REV JANE MORRIS- we are hoping to run a coach to Jane’s licensing on Weds 17th October. If you would be interested in going on the coach, please sign the relevant lists. There will be a cost, but until we know the coach is feasible we won’t know how much yet.




23rd September 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

 

 

In today’s gospel Mark paints quite a vivid picture. Arriving in Capernaum, Jesus and his disciples entered a house. Jesus asked his disciples about the argument they had whilst they were journeying. The Disciples were silent, which was unlike them and they were frightened to answer as they had been found out.

Jesus summoned the twelve and taught them that those who would be first in Gods kingdom must be servants of all.

Jesus then called forth a child and taught the twelve that to receive a child in Jesus name is to receive both Jesus and the one who sent him.

We might easily fail to understand the significance of this action. In first-century Palestine, children were without status or power, possessing no legal rights. In this action, Jesus is teaching his disciples and us that when we serve the least ones among us, we serve Jesus himself. Who are the people without power or status in our society that Jesus is calling us to serve? Do we do so willingly? Jesus teaches that God’s judgment of us will be based on this criterion alone.

 

Nichola Abbott

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            565                              304                 

                        124                              484

                        106                              372

                        334/452                       506/311

425                              541

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery,  Peter and Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, Jocelyn James, Emily Franks, John Richardson, Annette McMullen, Peter Bowler, Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor, Graham Baker, Jackie Finnemore, Wendy Gee, James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  Elsie Woodcock, John & Ann Shuttleworth, Sheila Howells

 

And for the departed:

Doreen Knight, Graham Forrester, Rona Watkins

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Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 25th 11.45am – 1pm DROP INN CAFÉ – St Michael’s Hall

Thursday 27th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

PARISH DIARIES Pick up your 2019 diary now - £2.50 donation

 

MESSY CHURCH - More volunteers needed! Next session is Saturday 29th September

 

HERITAGE OPEN DAYat St M&W Saturday 6th October. Lots of volunteers needed for the day when we often get a LOT of visitors! Please sign the list at the back of church.

 

HARVEST THANKSGIVINGHarvest Eucharist at St M&W 10.45am Sunday 7th October, at Aston Sunday 14th October. Harvest Supper Saturday 13th October at St Michael’s Hall 7pm with guest entertainment. Please sign the list at the back of church.

 

LICENSING OF REV JANE MORRIS- we are hoping to run a coach to Jane’s licensing on Weds 17th October. If you would be interested in going on the coach, please sign the relevant lists. There will be a cost, but until we know the coach is feasible we won’t know how much yet.




16th September 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

“Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?””  This week’s gospel opens with these words – and in an age that glorifies diversity and choice, they have never been more apt.

CS Lewis wrote “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic—on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg—or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronising nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

So who do you say Jesus is? And perhaps, more pertinent still – what do our lives say about Jesus? A great preacher once quoted a tale about a rather overzealous Christian, who could never have any conversation other than Christian witness, as they saw it. On this occasion that person was badgering away at an Atheist who was rejecting his attempts. “Why can you not hear what I am saying?” The devastating reply was “because what you are speaks louder than what you say!”

Food for thought for us all! May our lives be seasoned with the love and light of heaven

 

Ian Cardinal


9th September 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

Hail and Farewell

 

And so this Sunday we have both a sad and a glorious day rolled into one. In the first place we are welcoming the Rev’d Alison Hudson to her first Sunday in our Benefice. For those who were able to gather at St M&W on Wednesday, you will already have met Alison – and I know we look forward to getting to know her better over time

Then, of course, this is the final Sunday we shall see the Rev’d Jane Morris as our Curate here. It seems amazing that Jane has been with us for 3 years already – and I know there will be many people who are sad to see her leave us

I’d like to suggest to you, though, that these two occasions are both ones in which we should rejoice. In the first place we have been honoured, yet again, that our Benefice has been seen to be such a good place for new Clergy to “cut their teeth!” Curates are not in supply as they were – and our Diocese has to carefully and prayerfully think about the right places in which to put new Clergy. Although they are “assistants”, in many ways Curates are here to learn. They are not “just another pair of priestly hands” – they are people on a journey – that’s a journey of faith of course – and we are pleased and proud to have travelled part of our own Christian journey with them

The we must also rejoice in what we see happening: in an age in which the media like to tell us that the Church is dying and irrelevant, we still see men and women offering themselves for this Ministry. That’s because God has called them – and the relevant people in the Church have recognised God’s call. So much for a dying Church!

So, maybe today is bitter-sweet. But the truth is – this is a sign of God at work. And with both Alison and Jane and their families we rejoice.

 

Ian Cardinal


2nd September 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

 

RIDE AND STRIDESt M&W will be open on Sept 8th for the Staffordshire Historic Church’s fund. Sheet to sign to man the Church if you can help

 

 

JANE AND TONY’S LAST SUNDAYis Sept 9th. A farewell lunch is being held in St Michael & St Wulfads’ after the Eucharist. Please sign the list at the back of either church if you would like to attend.

 

 

MESSY CHURCH PLANNING & NEXT SESSION

 

The next session of messy church takes place on Saturday 29th September from 3pm – 5.30pm in St Michaels Hall. The theme is Harvest.

 

The planning meeting for this session is on Monday 10th September at the home of Philip and Edith Leason – 5 Rolt Close at 7.30pm.

 

If anyone can offer any help for this session, please speak to Edith Leason.

 

FUTURE DIARY DATES

 

6th OCTOBER: Heritage Open Day at St M&W 10am – 4pm.

 

7TH OCTBER:  Harvest Eucharist & School Welcome Service St M&W

 

13th OCTOBER:Bring and Share Harvest Supper with Guest Entertainment in St Michaels Community Hall at 7pm.

 

14th October: Harvest Eucharist at St Saviours Aston

 

26th August 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

QUIZ NIGHT FOR ST MICHAEL’S HALLTeams of 6 (MAX).

Sat. 1st September. 7pm for a prompt 7.30 start. £6.50 per person. Includes light supper. Bring your own drinks. Contact Dennis on 07866 341111.

 

“Words! Words! Words! I'm so sick of words!” sang Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady.But the trouble is that words have great power. We can all simply burble and make them meaningless – but words have the capability to either empower or to cause great hurt. We might Say that only “sticks and stones” can break bones – but we all know that words can cause enormous heartache

So what when words also have the power to enliven? We all know the prologue to St John’s Gospel – “In the beginning was the Word…” but in this week’s passage St Peter is starting to recognise something important:- “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life!”

We live in a world of choices – in fact choice is often glorified as something good in itself, however confusing the options may be. The whole thesis of modern society is that all choices are morally neutral – and woe betides anyone who claims that their truth is superior or dares to criticise others. Modern liberal society declares that all choices are equally valid and good and discrimination is the ultimate sin, but of course that is nonsense! We all have to discriminate, between right and wrong, good and evil; Truth is not relative at all

So could you imagine what Jesus would have said if people had declared that the “bread of life” sayings might be good for some, but that everyone ought also to respect the pagan religions that were equally around? The fact is that Jesus offers life for all. In saying what he does he is either totally correct – or he is mad or bad! There is no in between

May Christ the Bread of Life continue to feed us in the way we should go.

 

Ian Cardinal