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26th January 2020

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

 

LADIES OUTING:  Wednesday March 11th 12.30pm, lunch at Amerton Farm. Please see Steph in order to book your place and get information

 

“..immediately they left the boat and their Father and followed him”  It all sounds glamorous and slick, doesn’t it? I’m sure it can’t have been as bald as it sounds in this week’s gospel! You could imagine Zebedee following his sons and shouting “Come back here – your mother wants you home for your tea!” otherwise. There are those who recognise that last week’s reading of John’s gospel, where they have already met Jesus with John the Baptist is not necessarily contrary to this week’s account. Maybe James and John had already been preparing for this day

I said glamorous, because there are those who ache for the “top jobs” even in churches. They imagine that to be the street preacher, Bishop (or even Rector) is a nice easy task where there is a lot of glory. Believe me they are mistaken! More importantly still, this is not necessarily what vocation is all about! When Bishop Michael set us his direction of travel as “Discipleship, Vocation and Evangelism” he was very clear that the Vocation element was not about calling a lot more people to be Priests and Deacons. It may be for some, but for most of God’s people, Vocation is much more about learning to serve God where he has already put us. In other words, for every James and John that are called to live a nomadic life, preaching the gospel, there are many who are called to stay mending the nets and telling their fellow fishermen about the good news of God’s love for them.

So the question is – where is God calling you today? Sometimes it’s an easy path, chiming with our own desires – but sometimes it can be the very reverse. How many times have I found myself in situations that I feel I cannot cope with? By the Grace of God, we are still standing!

Let’s seek God’s purpose for our live and his Church in these two parishes today.

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

            82                                70

            500                              113

                        531                              531

341/404                       341/404

513                              394

 

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, Joyce Crowther,

 

And for the departed:

Jeff Smith, John Owen, Veronica Cooper, Ken Johnson

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Monday 27th 7.30pm Stone PCC meeting - Church

Tuesday 28th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café – St Michael’s hall

Wednesday 29th 2pm – 4pm Craft Café – St Saviour’s

Thursday 30th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

SUNDAY SCHOOLcontinues this Sunday in the vestry of St Michael & St Wulfad’s church. Do keep the leaders and children in your prayers and pray for its success

 

WEDDING FAIRSunday 23rd February – from 11am till 3pm.  What can you do to help and encourage this event? Please contact Margaret Moss or Chris Connolly

There will be no 10.45am Service that day. Opportunities to take communion will be as usual at 8am and 9.15am that day

 

THE NEXT CRAFT CAFEat St Saviour's Church will be on Wednesday 29 January from 2-4pm. We will be making silk painted cards. Refreshments and craft materials are provided, please let Revd Alison know if you are coming along, alison.hudson4@gmail.com or 07725 467246

19th January 2020

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

THE NEXT CRAFT CAFEat St Saviour's Church will be on Wednesday 29 January from 2-4pm. We will be making silk painted cards. Refreshments and craft materials are provided, please let Revd Alison know if you are coming along, alison.hudson4@gmail.com or 07725 467246

 

† Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us! †

 

            And so we sing, Sunday by Sunday, “Lamb of God you take away the sin of the world” – like so many things, we take the roots of our worship for granted, so maybe it’s time to think about what the words might mean

            I suspect we all know what happened at the end of the ten plagues of Egypt: with the last plague, Pharaoh is finally seen to change his mind and to let the people go. But the last plague is seen with the celebration of the Passover:- the people eat a choice lamb that is roasted for them. They are to sleep in their clothes and to be prepared to leave Egypt. And the blood of the lamb marks each of their houses, so that the visitation of God on the Egyptians shall not come upon them

            Animal sacrifice is alien to us: it’s something we barely understand in our nice, tidy civilisation. The point of the lamb is that it is an expensive offering, however: in a subsistence economy, each animal is the difference between success and failure, life and death. Worship of God is therefore an extravagant business – we cannot offer to God something that is shoddy or second rate

            John the Baptist calls Jesus the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world in this week’s gospel. In doing so, he recognises that things are rather reversed in the New Testament. Instead of our worship costing us the earth, God chooses to risk his own Son in order to gather his people about him and call them home

            Perhaps the only thing left to say is to remind us of the last verse of that tremendous Christmas carol: What shall I give him, poor as I am?  The final words remind us that the only possible response to such love is Yet what I can I give him – give my heart!

 

Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

            174                              122

            71                                53

                        41                                21 (Carol sheet)

127/10                        342/10

532                              532

 

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, Joyce Crowther, Veronica Cooper

 

And for the departed:

George Wright, Norman Goodwin, Jeff Smith, John Owen

 

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 21st 11am Funeral of Jeff Smith at St Saviour’s

11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café – St Michael’s hall

Wednesday 22nd 7.30pm Aston PCC Meeting - Church

Thursday 16th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

SUNDAY SCHOOLcontinues this Sunday in the vestry of St Michael & St Wulfad’s church. Do keep the leaders and children in your prayers and pray for its success

 

WEDDING FAIRSunday 23rd February – from 11am till 3pm. Local businesses will be involved in displaying their wares and services in St Michael & St Wulfad’s Church.

For us as congregations, this is a wonderful opportunity to promote the idea of Christian marriage – not just a pretty venue, but a time to ask God’s blessing on relationships, to think about hopes and promises for the future.

We will need people to welcome them on the day, to provide refreshments and information about what each of our churches can offer

Do have a word with Margaret Moss or Christine Connolly about what help you might be able to offer

Service pattern at St Michael & St Wulfad’s will be very different that day. Keep an eye open for details

12th January 2020

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

“I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins….”Something we say every Sunday, and sometimes on days in between. It is, of course, the latest version of the Nicene Creed, a statement of faith, evolved down the centuries, keeping (most) Christians to a single statement of faith that is regarded as normative

But what do we mean by “one baptism”? Many of us were tiny when we were baptised – apparently I was 3 months old and screamed all the way through mine – look what happened to me! Some Christians still claim this not to be a valid baptism – that only a professing and believing adult can commit themselves in this way

The history is, of course, rather more complicated than that. The Hebrews of old had no truck with this kind of thinking. Every male Jew was admitted into a special relationship with God and their community, 8 days after they were born, when they were circumcised and named. It seems very likely that the first Christians simply followed that practice. When a leader of a household became a Christian and was baptised, every member of that household was admitted to God’s promise as well – slaves, men and women and even tiny children. It wasn’t just about whether or not they could state belief – it was about a God who called everyone into a Covenant with him. We see echoes of this early in the New Testament

Baptism is about God’s promise to us. It’s about It’s about admitting us into a fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ. It is symbolic of death and resurrection – and is part of the seal of the Holy Spirit, as promised to us

This Sunday’s readings are devoted to the account of Jesus’s baptism. Our Eastern Orthodox brothers and sisters are fond of reminding us that this is deeply Trinitarian: all three elements of the Godhead are there and active, Father Son and Holy Spirit. As we continue in our ministry of baptism in our churches, may we see and know that wonderful God who welcomes us into his family, active amongst us today

Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

            113                              113

            75                                75

                        451                              209

491/367                       287/367

394                              71

 

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, Joyce Crowther

 

And for the departed:

George Wright, Norman Goodwin, Jeff Smith, Phyllis Hunter

 

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 14th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café – St Michael’s hall

Thursday 16th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

SUNDAY SCHOOLcontinues this Sunday in the vestry of St Michael & St Wulfad’s church. Do keep the leaders and children in your prayers and pray for its success

 

WEDDING FAIRSunday 23rd February – from 11am till 3pm. Local businesses will be involved in displaying their wares and services in St Michael & St Wulfad’s Church.

For us as congregations, this is a wonderful opportunity to promote the idea of Christian marriage – not just a pretty venue, but a time to ask God’s blessing on relationships, to think about hopes and promises for the future.

We will need people to welcome them on the day, to provide refreshments and information about what each of our churches can offer

Do have a word with Margaret Moss or Christine Connolly about what help you might be able to offer

Service pattern at St Michael & St Wulfad’s will be very different that day. Keep an eye open for details

5th January 2020

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

May we all have a vision now and then

Of a world where every neighbour is a friend

So sang ABBA in 1980, of course (was it really 40 years ago?)  It’s a lovely sentiment – may the New year bring new things, better times and a world with fewer problems – where “every neighbour is a friend”

But sadly, these years have not brought that any nearer. In North Korea the leader, Kim Jong Un threatens us all with restarting his nuclear arms program. In the Yemen, children are starving on a scale that is almost unseen – and not for any natural disaster, but for an ongoing civil war. In our own country, there was a horrible incident just down the road from us, where a mobility scooter in Cannock was struck, and its occupant killed, by a hit and run driver on New Year’s Eve. No, the world has not really progressed at all

This Sunday, the Church is celebrating Epiphany – the arrival of the Magi, with their symbolic gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. But the meaning of the story is not in details of camels, ruthless Kings in Jerusalem or anything else. St Matthew’s Gospel is relating something far more important – how pagan astrologers could come and see the Christ child and simply bend the knee. They represent all the other religions of the world taking one look at what God has done in the Lord Jesus and then realised how superior he is to any understanding of their own! The same thing is done in those early pictures of the Manger scene, where an Ox and an Ass stand by: they don’t so much reprint the animals in the stable as the other Eastern religions coming to worship at the crib!

So Happy New Year. But a New Year not with vague hopes of a better future, but of a humankind that comes together to recognise that its Creator has come to us in an unique way in Jesus. As we come to a unity in him, may we find the true way where “every neighbour is a friend”

Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

            71                                451

            Ps72 vs 1-9                  118

                        113                              sheet

514                              542/41

394                              394

 

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, Joyce Crowther

 

And for the departed:

George Wright, Norman Goodwin, Jeff Smith, Phyllis Hunter

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 7th NO DROP INN café – Christmas break

Thursday 9th 9.30am Holy Communion – The Moorings

10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

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

 

Apologies to all members of Aston PCCWe should have met on Wednesday, but the Rector is due at a meeting for Heads and Chairs of school Governors. Date to be re-arranged

 

A NEW SUNDAY SCHOOLbegins this Sunday in the vestry of St Michael & St Wulfad’s church. Do keep the leaders and children in your prayers and Pray for its success

 

A Happy and blessed New Year to you all

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

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