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17th March 2019

 

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

PLEASE HOLD REVD ALISON IN YOUR PRAYERSduring her trip to the Diocese of Matlosane in South Africa from 15-30 March. Please pray for safety in travel and good health, for positive learning experiences and good social interactions with fellow curates, the host families, and churches she visits. There will be an opportunity to hear about her visit over afternoon tea at Shallowford House on Monday 6 May.

 

MAUNDY THURSDAY CHRISM EUCHARIST – LICHFIELD CATHEDRAL

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

 

I am writing to invite you, and those among whom you minister, to join me in our Cathedral church at 11am on the morning of Maundy Thursday, 18th April. This is a great opportunity for us to come together in mutual support and prayer as we prepare with our people to enter into the great three days celebration of the Lord's passion and resurrection which makes us his people.

 

I look forward to us gathering together as one family from across our far-reaching diocese in the place hallowed by the prayerful, expectant and generous witness to Jesus of our first bishop, St Chad. We will celebrate the Eucharist; we will reflect n the Word of God; we will bless and receive the three holy oils; and we will renew corporately and individually our commitment to ministry. Soup and rolls will be served afterwards, and you are warmly invited to share in this as you greet friends and colleagues from around the diocese.

I do hope that, as those who share in ministry with me and my brother bishops, you will be able to join me in this celebration, and that you will encourage members of your church to accompany you.

 

Be assured of my prayers for you and your people at the beginning of Lent, travelling towards the joy of Easter.

Your brother in Christ  + Michael. Lichfield

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            343                              343

            77                                330

426                              259

53/159                        465/159

55                                480

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery,  Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, Emily Franks, John Richardson, Annette McMullen, Peter Bowler, Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor, Graham Baker, Jackie Finnemore,  James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin

 

And for the departed:

Richard Kempa, John Harris

 

 

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Monday 18th 9am & 5pm Morning & Evening Prayer St M&W

                        10.15am Funeral of Richard Kempa

Tuesday 19th 9am & 5pm Morning & Evening Prayer St Saviour’s

                        11.45am – 1pm Drop In Café – St Michael’s hall

Wednesday 20th Lent Holy Communion & Address – St M&W

Thursday 21st 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

WE WELCOMESt Michael’s School Choir to our service at 9.15am at Aston this morning

 

LENTEN ADDRESS AND HOLY COMMUNION:St Michael & St Wulfad’s Wednesday 7.30pm. This week’s speaker is Mr Martin Bishop, from our own Church family and the Community of Evangelists

 

CHURCH STREETis now a one way street around the entrance to St Michael & St Wulfad’s Church. Please be aware you can no longer turn left on to Church Street from the Church entrance there! Signage will be arriving in due course, but it is likely that enforcement will be strict from this point onwards

 




3rd March 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

LADIES OUTING TO MIDDLEPORT POTTERY (14th March). Please speak to Steph if you can offer a lift OR need a lift

 

And so it’s Lent again – very late this year, almost as late as it can possibly be! It’s all calculated on phases of the Moon, you know, according to the Jewish calendar and how the feast of Passover is worked out

But recently there has been a move to make Easter a fixed date. Older folks amongst us may remember when “Spring Bank Holiday” was the Whitsun (Pentecost) Holiday, and was so subject to the same shifting about. From a secular point of view, one can understand why Schools and businesses would prefer a fixed date - all so much more convenient!

Therein lays a tale, though: how convenient do we want to make God? CAN we make God convenient? In the wonderful “Narnia” books by CS Lewis there is an expression that crops up from time to time – “Aslan is not a tame Lion!” In other words, God does not dance to our tune, but rather asks things of us

All of which brings us back to Lent. Lent is a time for Christians to reflect and pray – how much are we treating God as a convenience – someone to turn to when we are in trouble? And how much are we seriously offering out lives to him? “Send us out in the power of your Spirit” we pray in the modern rite Communion service – but then find things that are more pressing in our lives that seeking what Jesus might ask us to do!

Come near to God and he will come near to you.-James 4: 8. Lent is the time to start afresh and start again. In our service on Wednesday we commit ourselves to a new start in our Faith journey. Come and join us on our road together

 

Ian Cardinal

 

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            70                                197

            Ps99                            293

127                              531

293                              525/222

304                              304

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery,  Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, Emily Franks, John Richardson, Annette McMullen, Peter Bowler, Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor, Graham Baker, Jackie Finnemore,  James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  John & Ann Shuttleworth, Joyce Crowther, Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin

 

And for the departed:

Robert George Spicer, Richard Kempa, John Harris

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Monday 4th 10.30am Holy Communion Summerfield Court

Tuesday 5th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café– St Michael’s Hall

Wednesday 6th 7.30pm Blessing & imposition of ashes and Holy Communion

                                                St M&W

Thursday 7th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

            2pm Deanery Standing Committee – 11 Farrier Close

 

ELECTORAL ROLL2019 is the year when our roll is legally started over again. Forms for every member of our Church to be registered will be available soon. Please see Glenda at St M&W and Mary at St Saviour’s. The applications for the roll will need to be closed very soon – fill in your form today!

 

PARISH LUNCHAT St M&W on March 17th. If you would like to share lunch with us, please have a word with Nichola Abbott – 814134

 

ASH WEDNESDAYLent begins on March 6th and we have a service to begin this very important season – 7.30pm at St Michael & St Wulfad for both our parishes. The Lent leaflet is also available this weekend – do take one and see what we can make of this special season




24th February 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

 

This week’s gospel of the stilling of the storm is a favourite story for many of us. In fact, following a theme in the “Adventurers” group this term, it’s been one that Dennis has recently told the children at St Michael’s school

Dennis told the story from a different angle though:- in fact it was thoroughly interactive. The children were sat on benches arranged into a boat shape – the tallest was made into the mast for the sail and some of the children were inside the boat, ready to be terrified at the storm. “Jesus” was in the stern, fast asleep, naturally. The story was acted out for the parents at the end of the session – together with the children singing a song. For those with small children, you might recognise a faint similarity to “The Pirate Song”

 

When I was one

I banged my drum

The day I went to Sea

I climbed aboard a fishing boat

The disciples said to me

We’re going this way, that way

Forward and back on

The Sea of Galilee

“Peace, be still

It is God’s will”

And that’ll do for me

 

So I had best sign this

 

Ian Cardinal, pp

 

Dennis Abbott

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            364                              514

            442                              293

186                              103

127/452                       535/186

237                              237

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery,  Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, Emily Franks, John Richardson, Annette McMullen, Peter Bowler, Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor, Graham Baker, Jackie Finnemore,  James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  John & Ann Shuttleworth, Joyce Crowther, Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin

 

And for the departed:

Beryl Daw, Robert George Spicer, Richard Kempa

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 26th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café– St Michael’s Hall

            1.15pm Clergy Fraternal – Christ Church

Thursday 28th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

ELECTORAL ROLL2019 is the year when our roll is legally started over again. Forms for every member of our Church to be registered will be available soon. Please see Glenda at St M&W and Mary at St Saviour’s

 

LADIES GROUPNames and money are needed ASAP for our visit to Middleport Pottery on Thursday 14th March. See Mary at Aston and Nichola at Stone. Book your place this week (24th)

 

There has been a request for gentlemen to join in with this outing. If any would like to go, on this occasion, please also give your names to Mary or Nichola

 

PARISH LUNCHAT St M&W on March 17th. If you would like to share lunch with us, please have a word with Nichola Abbott - 814134




17th February 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

LADIES GROUPNames and money are needed ASAP for our visit to Middleport Pottery on Thursday 14th March. See Mary at Aston and Nichola at Stone. Book your place this week or next 24/2/19

 

PARISH LUNCHAT St M&W on March 17th. If you would like to share lunch with us, please have a word with Nichola Abbott - 814134

 

There is a hymn we have sometimes sung in our churches

O Lord, all the world belongs to You

and You are always making all things new.

What is wrong, You forgive,

and the new life You give

is what’s turning the world upside down.

It seems very appropriate to the verses we have as this week’s gospel reading:- every verse ends with the same words – “Turning the world upside down.” It emphasises the topsy- turvy nature of what Jesus is preaching. To the world of First Century Palestine it must have seemed almost incomprehensible.

It is plain that Jesus is preaching a radical reversal of the world in which we live. Here God seems rather to suggest that those who are important are those who are of least significance in the world’s eyes. It simply isn’t going to be riches or property that matter in his Kingdom. The really great thing is about those who are the forgotten or left out

It sounds very like idealism. But perhaps we are asked simply to remember those who live like this. Remember Mother Theresa? One of the lasting impressions she gave the world was where she spent time helping to cut the toenails of a man who was dying, that she had literally found living in a dustbin. In the end it isn’t things that matter – rather people. And we are challenged by Jesus words today, to think about the least in our society. The Kingdom of Heaven is where true riches will be found – not the passing trifles that this world values

 

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            82                                82

            63                                63

544                              311

500/342                       127/73

319                              sheet

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery,  Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, Emily Franks, John Richardson, Annette McMullen, Peter Bowler, Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor, Graham Baker, Jackie Finnemore,  James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  John & Ann Shuttleworth, Richard Kempa, Joyce Crowther, Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright

 

And for the departed:

Beryl Daw, Robert George Spicer

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 19th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café– St Michael’s Hall

Thursday 21st 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

Saturday 23rd 7.00 for 7.30pm Hot Pot Supper – Aston Village hall

 

HOT POT SUPPERSaturday 23 February at 7.30pm at Aston Village Hall.  Tickets are £10 from Aston Social Committee members. Revd Alison will be sharing stories and pictures from a visit to Swaziland with 'Hands At Work in Africa' at the start of her training for ministry, and will be telling us about her visit next month to our link Diocese of Matlosane in South Africa. Do buy a ticket and come along to this very popular evening in our social calendar.

 

HOLY DUSTERS NEEDEDAT St M&W. Currently a very small band meet once per month on a Thursday at 9am. Not everyone can attend at that time and age is catching up with some of us:- Can you help? Please see Glenda or Jean

 

ELECTORAL ROLL2019 is the year when our roll is legally started over again. Forms for every member of our Church to be registered will be available soon. Please see Glenda at St M&W and Mary at St Saviour’s




9th February 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

 

Today’s Gospel reading shows us the developing relationship between Jesus and Simon Peter. Jesus is teaching from Simon’s boat. He turned to Simon and instructed him about where to lower the fishing nets. Now Simon and others had been fishing all night and had not caught anything. Simon protested, claiming that such an effort would be futile. However, he lowered the nets into the deeper water as Jesus instructed. They caught so many fish that the nets had torn. Jesus had created an abundance out of scarcity. Just as he did at the wedding feast at Cana in Galilee.

Simon Peter immediately became a follower of Jesus. He called him Lord – the title given to Jesus after his Resurrection.

James and John, the sons of Zebedee were also witnesses to this event, yet Jesus words were only addressed to Simon. Jesus gave Simon a new job, telling him that he would become a different type of fisherman. He would no longer catch fish, but instead would catch people.

His task would be to bring others to Jesus. In fact, todays gospel tells us that all the fisherman with Peter left their nets and followed Jesus.

 

Nichola Abbott

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            70                                70

            242                              53

309                              106

257/175                       257/463

388                              522

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery,  Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, Emily Franks, John Richardson, Annette McMullen, Peter Bowler, Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor, Graham Baker, Jackie Finnemore,  James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  John & Ann Shuttleworth, Richard Kempa, Joyce Crowther, Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright

 

And for the departed:

Frank Crowther, Val Howard and Beryl Daw

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Monday 11th 10.30am – Holy Communion Summerfield Court

Tuesday 12th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café– St Michael’s Hall

Thursday 14th 9.30am – Holy Communion The Moorings

Thursday 14th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

HOT POT SUPPER– Aston Village Hall 23rd February. More details to come. Tickets will be available from any member of Aston Social Committee. Please note the change of date

 

LADIES GROUPNames and money are needed ASAP for our visit to Middleport Pottery on Thursday 14th March. See mary at Aston and Nichola at Stone

 

HOLY DUSTERS NEEDEDAT St M&W. Currently a very small band meet once per month on a Thursday at 9am. Not everyone can attend at that time and age is catching up with some of us:- Can you help? Please see Glenda or Jean

 

ELECTORAL ROLL2019 is the year when our roll is legally started over again. Forms for every member of our Church to be registered will be available soon. Please see Glenda at St M&W and Mary at St Saviour’s




3rd February 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

XXVI. [The Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary.] But certainly the Feast of the Purification is celebrated here with the greatest honour. On this day there is a procession to the Anastasis; all go in procession, and all things are done in order with great joy, just as at Easter. All the priests preach, and also the bishop, always treating of that passage of the Gospel where, on the fortieth day, Joseph and Mary brought the Lord into the Temple, and Simeon and Anna the prophetess, the daughter of Famuhel, saw Him, and of the words which they said when they saw the Lord, and of the offerings which the parents presented. And when all things have been celebrated in order as is customary, the sacrament is administered, and so the people are dismissed

 

So wrote the Nun Egeria, in the Fourth Century, when she went on pilgrimage to the Holy Land. She is, of course, speaking about Candlemas Day, the 40th day after Christmas. To this day, some Christians still treat the time we call Epiphany as part of the Christmas season – and some have their houses decorated up to this time!

A significant day for us for two reasons: first it shows Jesus as fulfilling the Old Testament Law. Later Jesus says of himself that he came not to abolish the Law, but to fulfil it. But the second reason is that Candlemas is also the time when we see God fulfil his promises to us. After the Second Temple was completed, post the Exile, there was always an uneasy feeling that God’s presence was somehow missing. Prophets such as Malachi promise that the day would come when God’s presence would return – and today that is wonderfully fulfilled in Jesus. Thank God that he keeps his promises!

 

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            426                              426

            Ps 8                             118

118                              148

288                              543/288

388                              33

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery,  Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, 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,  John & Ann Shuttleworth, Richard Kempa, Joyce Crowther, Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright

 

And for the departed:

Pat Mitchell, William Jackson, Frank Crowther, Val Howard

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 5th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café– St Michael’s Hall

Thursday 7th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

HOT POT SUPPER– Aston Village Hall 23rd February. More details to come. Tickets will be available from any member of Aston Social Committee. Please note the change of date

 

LADIES GROUPNames and money are needed ASAP for our visit to Middleport Pottery on Thursday 14th March. See mary at Aston and Nichola at Stone

 

HOLY DUSTERS NEEDEDAT St M&W. Currently a very small band meet once per month on a Thursday at 9am. Not everyone can attend at that time and age is catching up with some of us:- Can you help? Please see Glenda or Jean

 

ELECTORAL ROLL2019 is the year when our roll is legally started over again. Forms for every member of our Church to be registered will be available soon. Please see Glenda at St M&W and Mary at St Saviour’s




27th January 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

In today’s reading from Luke's Gospel, we hear that Jesus is in his hometown of Nazareth, attending the synagogue on the Sabbath, which is said to be his custom.

As Jesus stands in the synagogue, he reads from the scroll handed to him; it contains the words of the prophet Isaiah. At this early moment in his ministry, Jesus announces his mission in continuity with Israel's prophetic tradition. This reading from Isaiah defines Jesus' ministry.  Jesus' ministry will include bringing glad tidings to the poor, liberty to captives, healing to the sick, freedom to the oppressed, and proclaiming a year acceptable to the Lord.

In Isaiah, Jesus announces God's salvation. The “year acceptable to the Lord” is a reference to the Jewish tradition of Sabbath years and jubilee. The Sabbath year was observed every seventh year. It was a year of rest when land was left fallow and food stores were to be shared equally with all. A year of Jubilee was celebrated every fiftieth year, the conclusion of seven cycles of Sabbath years. It was a year of renewal in which debts were forgiven and slaves were freed.

 in Jesus, something new begins. Jesus not only announces God's salvation, he brings this salvation about in his person. Jesus is God’s Anointed One, filled with the Spirit of God. The Kingdom of God is now at hand. It is made present in Jesus, in his life, death, and Resurrection. Jesus will send the Holy Spirit so that the Kingdom of God can be fulfilled.

The Holy Spirit is Jesus' gift to the Church. The Holy Spirit enables the Church to continue the mission of Jesus. When we do what Jesus did—bring glad tidings to the poor, liberty to captives, healing to the sick, and freedom to the oppressed—we serve the Kingdom of God.

Nichola Abbott

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            82                                70

            527                              5

531                              531

341/404                       386/394

513                              513

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery,  Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, Emily Franks, John Richardson, Annette McMullen, Peter Bowler, Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor, Graham Baker, Jackie Finnemore,  James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  John & Ann Shuttleworth, Richard Kempa, Joyce Crowther, Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright

 

And for the departed:

Pat Mitchell, William Jackson and Frank Crowther, Val Howard

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 29th  11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café– St Michael’s Hall

Thursday 31st  10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

 

HOT POT SUPPER– Aston Village Hall 23rd February. More details to come. Tickets will be available from any member of Aston Social Committee. Please note the change of date

 

CHURCH CLEANINGCAN YOU HELP?  We have a very small band of ladies who clean the church once a month. However, they could do with some assistance. They meet at 9am on one Thursday a month. Not everyone is able to attend each time and most of our ladies are more mature (sorry ladies!) and would appreciate some extra help, particularly with cleaning the brasses. If you can help, please have a word with Glenda or Jean.




20th january 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

Churches Together in Stone

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Friday 18th to Thursday 24th January 2019

 

Saturday 19th   Christ Church at 8.30am    

Ecumenical Prayer Meeting 

Followed by Breakfast

 

Sunday 20th 

United Service Hosted Christ Church At 6.00pm

 

Monday 21st  

St Saviour’s Church, Aston 12 Noon

Short act of worship together followed by simple lunch

 

 

Tuesday 22nd       

Christ Church 10.00am     Coffee Followed at 10.30am  

by  Holy Communion  

 

Wednesday    23rd

St Dominic’s Church at 7.30pm               Taize Worship

 

Thursday 24th                       

St Michael’s Church at 10.30am     Holy Communion    

Followed by Coffee

 

Walton Community  Centre

2.00pm to 4.00pm

CAMEO (come and meet each other)

Tea, Coffee and Cakes

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            174                              122

            71                                375

41                                41

127/10                         342/10

532                              532

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery,  Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, 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,  John & Ann Shuttleworth, Richard Kempa, Frank & Joyce Crowther, Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright

 

And for the departed:

Pat Mitchell, William Jackson

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Monday 21st 12 Noon Unity service & light lunch – Aston St Saviour

Tuesday 22nd 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café– St Michael’s Hall

Thursday 24th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

            7pm Evaluation & Strategy meeting – St Michael’s school Governors

 

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITYOnce again the week runs from 18th – 25th January. On Sunday evening (20th) there is a United service at Christ Church Stone to which all Christians are invited

 

Also there is the United service and light lunch  (Soup and bread) at St Saviour’s Aston at 12 Noon on Monday 21st. All other activities are detailed opposite

 

HOT POT SUPPER– Aston Village Hall 23rd February. More details to come. Tickets will be available from any member of Aston Social Committee. Please note the change of date




14th january 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

 

So this Sunday has the readings for the Baptism of Christ – and I wonder how many of you think very much about baptism? In fact we do a lot of baptisms each year in this benefice – usually about 60 each year. For most of the time in our congregations they remain hidden:- we do them around lunchtime after the main Sunday services – and yet I would like to suggest to you that they are some of the most important moments of our life! Do you remember your own baptism? For most of us I guess not.

When Jesus was baptised, it was a hugely significant moment. According to the gospels, it was at this moment that the Holy Spirit descended upon him – and it was at this moment that John the Baptist recognised him to be the “lamb of God.” But, just as it is today, I also think that most of the people around on the occasion didn’t recognise what was happening! In the same way that people were blind to him at the resurrection, for most of the bystanders, this was just another person being dipped into the Jordan. They missed the moment!

And what a moment to miss – because this was God’s moment! When we read about baptism in St Paul’s letter to the Romans, it is very clear that this is the moment that God does something wonderful in our lives. This is the moment when we start our new life in Christ – this is when we are sealed for being people of God and not just belonging to ourselves. God touches our lives.

I tell the story of how, as a small boy, a Sunday School teacher encouraged me to ask God what he wanted of me. I thought I heard the answer “Go and be a Missionary” – which at aged 7 I thought meant snakes and cannibals! I often reflect that I slightly misheard that voice – and my real vocation was to be a Priest. Thank God that he marked me out at my baptism, when I was just 3 months old!

 

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            113                              113

            464                              69

193                              209

491/367                       287/367

394                              71

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery,  Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, 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,  John & Ann Shuttleworth, Richard Kempa, Frank & Joyce Crowther, Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright

 

And for the departed:

Peter Harvey, Mirella Mason, Valerie Roycroft

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Monday 14th 7.30pm Aston PCC meeting – Church

Tuesday 15th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café resumes – St Michael’s Hall

Thursday 17th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

LADIES GROUPPut Thursday 14th March 2019 into your diaries – further details to come!

 

HOT POT SUPPER– Aston Village Hall 23rd February. More details to come. Tickets will be available from any member of Aston Social Committee. Please note the change of date