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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

1st December 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

NEXT 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

 

SHEILA HOWELLS:There will be a service of thanksgiving for Sheila’s life at Aston St Saviour on Thursday 5th December at 3pm. All are welcome

 

The season of Adventlasts for four Sundays leading up to Christmas. At that time, the new Christian year begins with the twelve-day celebration of Christmastide, which lasts from Christmas Eve until Epiphany on January 6. (Advent begins on Sunday that falls between November 27th and December 3rd each year.)  Advent 2019 begins on Sunday, December 1st and ends on Tuesday, December 24.

To balance the two elements of remembrance and anticipation, the first two Sundays in Advent (through December 16th) look forward to Christ’s second coming, and the last two Sundays (December 17th – 24th) look backward to remember Christ’s first coming. Over the course of the four weeks, Scripture readings move from passages about Christ’s return in judgment to Old Testament passages about the expectation of the coming Messiah to New Testament passages about the announcements of Christ’s arrival by John the Baptist and the Angels.

While it is difficult to keep in mind in the midst of holiday celebrations, shopping, lights and decorations, and joyful carols, Advent is intended to be a season of fasting, much like Lent, and there are a variety of ways that this time of mourning works itself out in the season. Reflection on the violence and evil in the world cause us to cry out to God to make things right—to put death’s dark shadows to flight. Our exile in the present makes us look forward to our future Exodus. And our own sinfulness and need for grace lead us to pray for the Holy Spirit to renew his work in conforming us into the image of Christ.

From Christianity.com

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

            209                              309

            Ps 122                        196

                        98                                209

198                              566/529

566                              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, Joan Lazonby,

 

And for the departed:

 Richard Stevens, Rosaleen Williams, Jean Jones, Sheila Howells

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 3rd NO Drop Inn café this week

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

            3pm Thanksgiving service for Sheila Howells – St Saviour’s, Aston

            7pm St Michael’s School Governors

Friday 6th – 8th CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL – St M&W

 

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL – December 6th -8th  at St Michael & St Wulfad. Do come and see what our community offers in the way of displays this year. Plus on December 7th at 10am there is a Christmas Coffee morning. Raffle items, Tombola and cakes are all very welcome

 

AlsoWe need welcomers at the door throughout the festival. There are rotas to sign up at the rear of St M&W

 

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)

 

CHRISTINGLE SERVICE this Sunday (1st) at 4pm in St M&W; We are joined by the children from St Michael’s school. Do come and support some of the most needy children in our nation, through the Children’s society

24th November 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

ASTON CHRISTMAS FAIR – November 30th 2pmCome and join the fun!

 

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL – December 6th -8th  at St Michael & St Wulfad. Do come and see what our community offers in the way of displays this year. Plus on December 7th at 10am there is a Christmas Coffee morning. Raffle items, Tombola and cakes are all very welcome

 

AlsoWe need welcomers at the door throughout the festival. There are rotas to sign up at the rear of St M&W

 

            So what do you think of the Monarchy? That’s what our political leaders were asked this week – and they came out with answers that didn’t really surprise us. I suspect the Queen is having another “Annus horribilis” just at the moment. Not for the first time in our history, of course – we’ve had some “rum uns” in the past, as any study shows

            So what do we celebrate on Christ the King Sunday? It helps if we ask what a King really is? In lots of places, they simply wouldn’t really understand – America hasn’t had a King for over 200 years! In others, they would associate it with a despot – fierce and mean, brooking no argument, let alone opposition! But that’s hardly how Jesus saw it: he lives as the very antithesis of this.  On Maundy Thursday he had performed the task of the lowliest servant, in washing the feet of his friends at the supper.  No king does that sort of thing.   And his saying that ‘the first will be last', well it doesn't really chime in with autocratic Kingship.

            So we celebrate a Servant King – a radically different vision; someone uninterested in power or status as this world sees them – someone instead who works to undermine these values as being fundamentally wrong – and who seeks to bring in a totally different order

            So we are citizens of a different Kingdom, one where we are called to live very differently from others. No wonder our prayer for today is “Stir up O Lord….”

Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

            480                              13

            81                                467

                        393                              Sheet

308/404                       276/342

103                              103

 

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:

 Brian Dominic, Gwen Cann, Peter Williamson, Richard Stevens, Rosaleen Williams, Jean Jones, Sheila Howells

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 26th 11.45 – 13.00 Drop Inn Café - St Michael’s hall

Wednesday 27th Stone Chapter farewell to Stephen Mackenzie - Swynnerton

Thursday 28th 10.30am Holy Communion – St Michael & St Wulfad

Saturday 30th from 2pm ASTON CHRISTMAS FAIR – Village Hall

 

LADIES OUTING:  Tuesday 17th December. Please can all outstanding monies be paid to Steph THIS SUNDAY! £6 Illuminations, £10.75 Buffet

 

PARISH DIARIES are available in each Church. These are free, but we suggest a donation for our churches.

 

BISHOPS AND PUDDINGS J THIS SUNDAY 10.45am: As usual on Stir up Sunday, we shall be making Christmas puddings during our service this day. This year we are joined by Bishop Geoff, on his last Sunday duties as Bishop of Stafford. If you would like to purchase a pudding, so speak to Chris Connolly – this year the puddings will have a special Episcopal blessing included, so quality is guaranteed

 

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)

17th November 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

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)

 

ASTON CHRISTMAS FAIR – November 30th 2pmItems sought for the tombola and the Cake stall especially

 

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL – December 6th -8th  at St Michael & St Wulfad. Do come and see what our community offers in the way of displays this year. Plus on December 7th at 10am there is a Christmas Coffee morning. Raffle items, Tombola and cakes are all very welcome

 

            “Wait till your Father gets home.” We’ve all heard that kind of menacing threat, either to ourselves or to others! But actually, it never seemed to be that bad in all reality. I don’t know what your parents were like, but mine tried hard to be loving and caring. The real thing wasn’t that we expected a parent to hit us  or punish us – it was just trying to change our behaviour

            In this week’s gospel, Jesus tells a salutary tale to the disciples, of how things may be to something very precious to them – the Temple! It was a massive building, with gilded stones and had probably cost the equivalent of the HS2 budget to build. King Herod had been trying to buy the affection of his people: it didn’t work, but they did like the Temple, and the thought of its destruction was unimaginable

            But Jesus warns it may happen – and it did! The reason was the overweening pride of the Jews. They knew they were a chosen people, but thought that made them better than anyone else. Instead of being an example of God’s love and cherishing, they forgot about their Father in Heaven and treated all other races with contempt. Their rebellion in 70AD brought about the destruction they couldn’t imagine!

            So today asks us about sinfulness – and perhaps questions the way that our nation behaves. Is everything as God would have it? Or do we have some reckoning of our own to do?

Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

            519                              285

            39                                500

                        139                              174

231/342                       308/231

356                              522

 

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:

 Brian Dominic, Michael Tellwright, Gwen Cann, Peter Williamson, Richard Stevens

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Monday 18th 7.30pm Stone PCC meeting - Church

Tuesday 19th 11.45 – 13.00 Drop Inn Café - St Michael’s hall

Thursday 21st 10.30am Holy Communion – St Michael & St Wulfad

Saturday 23rd – 3pm MESSY CHURCH – St Michael’s hall

BISHOP GEOFF’S LEAVING GIFT.Our two churches would like to make a combined gift. All donations to Churchwardens please - Last call this Sunday

 

LADIES OUTING:  Tuesday 17th December. Please can all outstanding monies be paid to Steph ASAP. £6 Illuminations, £10.75 Buffet

 

PARISH DIARIES are available in each Church. These are free, but we suggest a donation for our churches.

 

BISHOPS AND PUDDINGS J 24th November 10.45am: As usual on Stir up Sunday, we shall be making Christmas puddings during our service this day. This year we are joined by Bishop Geoff, on his last Sunday duties as Bishop of Stafford. If you would like to purchase a pudding, so speak to Chris Connolly – this year the puddings will have a special Episcopal blessing included, so quality is guaranteed

10th November 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

APOLOGIES TO THE RESIDENTS OF THE MOORINGSIt has not been possible to organise a Communion service this month

 

BISHOPS AND PUDDINGS J 24th November 10.45am: As usual on Stir up Sunday, we shall be making Christmas puddings during our service this day. This year we are joined by Bishop Geoff, on his last Sunday duties as Bishop of Stafford. If you would like to purchase a pudding, so speak to Chris Connolly – this year the puddings will have a special Episcopal blessing included, so quality is guaranteed

 

MOTHERS UNION & LADIES GUILDmeets at its new time of 11am this Tuesday – Speaker, Sue Coles

 

The first Remembrance Daywas conducted in 1919 throughout Britain and the Commonwealth. Originally called Armistice Day, it commemorated the end of hostilities the previous year. It came to symbolise the end of the war and provide an opportunity to remember those who had died.

In a letter published in the London Evening News on 8 May 1919, an Australian journalist, Edward George Honey, had proposed a respectful silence to remember those who had given their lives in the First World War. This was brought to the attention of King George V and on 7 November 1919, the King issued a proclamation which called for a two minute silence: "All locomotion should cease, so that, in perfect stillness, the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead."

One hundred years after the first Remembrance Day, the people of Stone will gather at the War memorial to pay our respects to those who have died in our conflicts. The day is marked with no small sadness that, still, 100 years later; we have not learned the lessons of history.

May God bless us all as we gather together in Church this day. And May we finally learn to seek that “Peace which passes all understanding”

Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

            15                                106

            366                              366

                        sheet                            tune 114

342/313                       15

114                              National Anthem

 

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, Richard Stephens

 

And for the departed:

 Brian Dominic, George Washington, Eva McNulty, Joseph Tellwright, Gwen Cann

 

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 12th 11am Mothers Union & ladies Guild – St Michael’s Hall

11.45 – 13.00 Drop Inn Café - St Michael’s hall

Wednesday13th 7.30pm STONE DEANERY SYNOD - BARLASTON

Thursday 14th 10.30am Holy Communion – St Michael & St Wulfad

 

MESSY ADULTS … a craft café at St Saviour’s Church on Wednesday 13 November, 2-4pm. Tea/coffee, cake and all craft materials provided. Suggested donation £5.  For catering purposes, please let Revd Alison know if you are coming along.

 

BISHOP GEOFF’S LEAVING GIFT.Our two churches would like to make a combined gift. All donations to Churchwardens please

 

LADIES OUTING:  Tuesday 17th December. Please can all outstanding monies be paid to Steph ASAP. £6 Illuminations, £10.75 Buffet

 

PARISH DIARIES are available in each Church. These are free, but we suggest a donation for our churches.

 

3rd November 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

 Today, as well as being the fourth Sunday before Advent, we are also celebrating All Saints. A time when we recall the example, witness and prayer of the men and women who have been identified by the church as Saints. They are family members with whom we continue to share a relation in a bond of prayer called the Communion of Saints.In the Gospels, we recall for Jesus' teaching about happiness, the Beatitudes. None of those Jesus names as “blessed” or “happy” are expected . . . the poor in spirit, the meek, the persecuted. Jesus' blueprint for happiness reflects little of what the world might call happiness.

What does Jesus mean when he uses the word “blessed?” This word is sometimes translated as “happy” or “fortunate” or “favoured.” In other words, Jesus is saying that divine favour is upon those who are poor, who mourn, who are persecuted. This might have been welcome and surprising news to the crowds who heard Jesus that day.

The Beatitudes can be understood as a framework for Christian living. Because of this, it is natural that we proclaim this Gospel on the Feast of All Saints. Saints are people who lived the spirit of the Beatitudes as Jesus lived. On this day, we too are challenged to model our lives on the spirit and promises of the Beatitudes.

 Nichola

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

            313                              99

            Ps 149                        163

                        259                              172

63                                297/456

122                              317

 

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, Richard Stephens

 

And for the departed:

 Brian Dominic, Roy Farnell, George Washington, Eva McNulty and    Joseph Tellwright

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 5th 11.45 – 13.00 Drop Inn Café - St Michael’s hall

Thursday 7th 10.30am Holy Communion – St Michael & St Wulfad

NEXT SUNDAY – 10TH NOV  Next Sunday is Remembrance Sunday. There will be a said communion at 9.30am followed by the Town Service of Remembrance at 10.45am. There will be no green bus this week.

MESSY ADULTS: A Craft Café will take place on Wednesday 13th November at St Saviours Church Aston between 2pm and 4pm. Tea/Coffee and Cake and all craft materials will be provided for a suggested donation of £5.

If you would like further information please speak to Rev Alison Hudson.

BISHOP GEOFF’S LEAVING GIFT.Our two churches would like to make a combined gift. All donations to Churchwardens please,

LADIES OUTINGTuesday 17th December 5.30pm – Lichfield Cathedral Illuminations: The trip is now FULL. Ladies can you pay your money to Steph as soon as possibleplease.

27th October 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

            Many years ago, without thinking, I forced a piece of frozen bread into a toaster. As I turned it on, there was a blue flash, as it shorted across the elements – and that was the end of that! You might say the toaster had “given up the ghost.”

            A commonplace expression – but do you know from where it comes? In fact, it is from the King James Bible: as Jesus dies on the cross, according to St Mark, he “gave up the ghost.”  So many of our expressions, both modern and ancient are still biblically based!

            So how well do you know your Bible? It’s not really good  enough to say “I hear it in church each Sunday” If we went to every Morning and Evening Prayer and never missed a Sunday, we would still only have read about 1/3 of Holy Scripture in a 3 year period! I remember hearing a sermon from a wise old Priest in which it was said that, to say we were an expert cook on the basis of watching all the TV cookery programmes would be a similar claim.  No, the point is that we are called to engage with our faith through Scripture, not just to spectate. As the old Collect from the Book of Common Prayer says, we are to “Read, Mark, Learn and inwardly digest.”

            This Sunday is “Bible Sunday” – a day in which to review our use of Holy Writ. It’s also a time to think about the value we put on our Bibles:- think of William Tyndale, going to the stake for the “sin” of printing the Bible in English – and the many, many others who smuggled them, risked their lives and faced considerable dangers in order for us to have it today.

 

Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

            393                              85

            56                                296

                        237                              237

426/10                        386/10

464                              427

 

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, Richard Stephens

 

And for the departed:

Margaret Griffiths, Brian Dominic, Ken Bentley, Roy Farnell, Pearl Sunderland, George Washington, Eva McNulty, Joseph Tellwright

 

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 29th 11.45 – 13.00 Drop Inn Café - St Michael’s hall

Thursday 31st 10.30am Holy Communion – St Michael & St Wulfad

 

LADIES OUTINGTuesday 17th December 5.30pm – Lichfield Cathedral illuminations: The trip is now FULL. Ladies can you pay your money to Steph as soon as possible.

 

BISHOP GEOFF’S LEAVING GIFT.Our two churches would like to make a combined gift. All donations to Churchwardens please

 

ALL SOULS DAY SERVICE4pm Sunday 3rd November. The letters of invitation to the bereaved have gone out – and the lists for any names to be remembered are at the back of each church. Do come and support this important ministry

 

PLASTER FALL IN ST M&W on Friday 11th evening a large lump of 18th Century plaster fell in the porch, which could have caused a significant injury to anyone underneath. The Architect is to inspect, together with a joiner. Until resolved, access through the porch is at your own risk