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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.

7th August 2022

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

Jesus has come to redeem us by his death and resurrection. Through Baptism, we became children of God and members of his family. By our sins however, we continually wander away from God’s presence.

 

This only means that the work of redemption is far from over. It is because the enemy works non-stop to draw us to sin and death. Will this tug-of-war between good and evil ever come to a stop?

The answer is of course YES! Jesus will come again in glory. The enemy will be crushed and good will triumph over evil. This is our Faith, this is our hope.

The hour of his second coming is not known to anyone. It could be tomorrow, next month, or years from now, but surely he will come again.

Are we prepared, are we ready for it? We need to be vigilant like the servants awaiting their masters return from a wedding, ready at any time of day so that when our Lord and Saviour finally comes, he finds us fully prepared. He will then embrace us and lead us to his eternal kingdom.

 

Nichola

14th August 2022

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

HE BURNSWITH HOLY FIRE

 

Fire often represents God. We see the Holy Spirit appear as tongues of fire. In the Old Testament, we see God as a Pillar of Fire and also in the Burning Bush.

Fire plays an important role in our Liturgical Worship. We have Baptismal Candles and the Easter Candle representing the Light of Christ.

Fire has the power to transform and also protect, but it can also destroy when it is not treated with respect and It can also disrupt.

Fire can also be peaceful. There is nothing more mesmerising sitting in front of a camp fire that is blazing away. It provides warmth and light. In this instance it can be seen as comforting.

For Christians, we must get caught up in the beauty of the fire of our Lord.  It will transform us, possibly in ways we least expect.  It will disrupt our current way of thinking and doing things. But some disruption can be good and can help us to see what needs to change in our lives.

The fire he has come to cast on the earth is the fire he wants to blaze in each of our hearts.

Nichola

26th June 2022

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

 

Dear Friends,

 

In today’s Gospel Luke relates how Jesus reacted when he and his followers encountered rejection by the inhabitants of a village in Samaria; they simply move on to another village where they are welcomed.  Luke then tells three short stories of would be followers. The first concerned with creature comforts, the second about obeying the Law of Moses, or rather the duty expected of him in regard to the burial of a family member and the third wanted to tidy up his affairs at home and then follow on,  In each case Jesus indicates that the urgency of his mission over-rides personal concerns and if they want to follow him, they must do so now Jesus says: “ Anyone who starts ploughing and keeps looking back isn’t worth a thing to God’s Kingdom.”

Inviting people to be reconciled with God and welcoming them into the Kingdom was at the heart of Jesus mission. The Apostle Paul boldly says” Christ has set us free. This means we are really free. My friends, you were chosen to be free, so don’t use your freedom to do anything you want, use it as an opportunity to serve each other with love. God’s spirit makes us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle and self-controlled. God’s spirit has given us life and so we should follow the spirit.” All of which points to how we can become better disciples of Jesus

By seeking God’s forgiveness, accepting the gift of his Holy Spirit and living our lives so as to reflect God’s love to others.

 

Nichola

19th June 2022

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

 

Dear Friends,

It is a fact that the demons inside us and among us are at work to confuse and torment us. These demons, whether we look at them as strong negative emotions such as guilt and fear or as real works of Satan, are powerful forces. If our faith is not strong, these forces would destroy our sense of well-being.

Our gospel tells the encounter of Jesus with two demoniacs. The latter recognized the divinity of Jesus and pleaded not to destroy them. Eventually, the demons were banished to the sea where they were drowned.

The swineherds saw what happened and ran away. The people who heard their story became so afraid of the divine power in Jesus that they begged Him to leave. This is what happens when we lack knowledge and faith. Sometimes, when we don’t like the message, we become hateful of the messenger. Jesus comes with the message of hope and deliverance but instead of welcoming and appreciating the good news, many people cover their ears and let their fear and guilt takeover. Worst, these present day demoniacs drive away or even persecute the heralds of the good news.

Our reading shows us that the power of the Divine is in control and at the end of the day, the good wins over evil. This is our source of hope.

 

Nichola

12th June 2022

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

MAYORS PARLOUR VISIT:  The Worshipful Mayor and Mayoress ofStafford (also known as Philip and Edith) would like to invite the members of St. Michael & St. Wulfad’s and St. Saviours churches to visit the Mayors Parlour in Stafford on Monday 4th July at 7.00 p.m. The visit will include a talk on the civic regalia by the Mayor’s Sargent and refreshments. If you would like to attend please sign the list at the back of each church by Sunday 26th June and indicate if there are any dietary requirements.

 

Dear Friends,

 

Today, the first Sunday after Pentecost, we celebrate the Solemnity of the most Holy Trinity.this feast invites us to consider what we believe about God, who has revealed himself to us in the Trinity – one God in three persons.

The verses of today's Gospel come near the end of Jesus' long discourse at the Last Supper. In the early part of this discourse, as we saw last week on Pentecost, Jesus offers assurances to the disciples. Even though he must leave the disciples, he tells them that they will have a future because of the help he will send them in the Holy Spirit. In this section he focuses more on the shape of the future, which will include Jesus' victory over the world that they will share in. The disciples of Jesus cannot know the future. They can only know that, whatever shape the future takes, they will not have to face it alone. They have the Spirit of Truth, who will continue to provide the teaching of Jesus in the future.

Reading this passage on Trinity Sunday reinforces our understanding of the unity shared by the members of the Trinity. Although the idea of one God in three persons remains a mystery, we have the assurance that, as Jesus and the Father share all, Jesus and the Spirit share all.

 

Nichola

5th June 2022

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

Dear Friends,

 

The Easter Season concludes with today’s celebration of Pentecost – when we celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Disciples gathered in that Upper Room in Jerusalem. The story of Pentecost is found in the Acts of the Apostles. Today’s Gospel also tells how Jesus gave the gift of the Holy Spirit to the Disciples. After his death, Jesus fulfilled his promise to send to his Disciples a helper, an advocate who would enable them to be his witnesses throughout the world. We heard this Gospel reading and the passage that followed on the Second Sunday of Easter. It described Jesus appearance to Thomas and we were led to reflect on belief and unbelief. In the context of Pentecost, the reading reminds us of the connection between the gifts of peace and forgiveness and the action of the Holy Spirit. Jesus greets his Disciples with the gift of peace and then commissions them to continue the work he has done.As he breathes the Holy Spirit upon them, Jesus sends his Disciples to continue his work of reconciliation through the forgiveness of sins. This Gospel reminds us that the church is called to be a reconciling presence in the world.

 

Nichola Abbott

29th May 2022

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

EVENTS TAKING PLACE:

 

THURS DAY 2ND JUNE:   Lighting of the Beacon – as part of the National Chain of Beacons, our Beacon will be lit at 9.45pm. Stone Choral Society will be performing on the church steps at 9.20pm, A prayer will be said for HM the Queen at 9.30pm. At 9.35pm a traditional piper will play Diu Regnare – specially written for the occasion. At 9.40pm a Bugler will officially announce the lighting of the Beacon. After the Beacon is lit Stone Choral society will perform A Song for The Commonwealth, followed by the National Anthem.

 

SATURDAY 4TH JUNE: Jubilee Thanksgiving Service at Ss Michael & Wulfad at 2pm. We will be joined by the Town Mayor and Mayoress. All welcome to attend.

 

SATURDAY 4TH JUNE: Afternoon Tea and Songs of Praise Service at St Saviours. Tea at 5pm and service at 6.30pm. All welcome. Please sign the list at the back of church if you wish to attend the tea.

 

SUNDAY 5TH JUNE: Jubilee Lunch at Ss M&W at 12.30pm. All welcome to attend, but you must purchase a ticket for catering purposes. Tickets cost £5 and are available from Nichola at church or by telephoning 814134. All dietary requirements can be catered for. Last chance for tickets. Final numbers needed by Thurs 2nd June.

22nd May 2022

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

CONFIRMATION: We are hoping to have a confirmation service later in the year. If you, or anyone you know may be interested in Confirmation, please speak to Dennis or Rev Jim

 

 

 

EVENTS TAKING PLACE:

 

THURS DAY 2ND JUNE:   Lighting of the Beacon – as part of the National Chain of Beacons, our Beacon will be lit at 9.45pm. Activities in the church yard from 9pm. All welcome to attend.

 

SATURDAY 4TH JUNE: Jubilee Thanksgiving Service at Ss Michael & Wulfad at 2pm. All welcome to attend.

 

SATURDAY 4TH JUNE: Afternoon Tea and Songs of Praise Service at St Saviours. Tea at 5pm and service at 6.30pm. All welcome. Please sign the list at the back of church if you wish to attend the tea.

 

SUNDAY 5TH JUNE: Jubilee Lunch at Ss M&W at 12.30pm. All welcome to attend, but you must purchase a ticket for catering purposes. Tickets cost £5 and are available from Nichola at church or by telephoning 814134. All dietary requirements can be catered for.

15th May 2022

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

 

PARISH JUBILEE LUNCH: in Church on Sunday 5th June at 12.30pm. Tickets now on sale priced at £5 which includes a glass of fizz for a toast. Tickets available from Nichola either in church or by telephoning 01785 814134. You must purchase a ticket so we know how many to cater for. Everyone welcome. Special Dietary requirements can be catered for.

 

 

OPEN DOOR PROJECT:We have been asked by St Michaels First School to run this project again this year on Friday 20th May between 9.30am and 3.30pm. We are appealing for helpers on this day as several regular helpers are not available. The children will be going on a Pilgrimage, making replica seals, learning the ropes of bellringing,writing prayers and making stained glass windows If there is a particular activity that you fancy helping with, please have a word with Margaret Moss, Dennis Abbott or Edith Leason. You do not have to commit to the whole day, any help you can give on the day will be appreciated.

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A New Commandment I give unto you: