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11th March 2012


By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 11 February 2012

 

 
 

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

CHRISTIAN AID SPONSORED WALKat Tittesworth reservoir – Saturday 24th March starting 10am. At least one of the King family is planning to undertake this – extra walkers are welcome, but SPONSORS are needed for this worthy cause!

 

Gentle Jesus, meek and mild,

Look upon a little child;

Pity my simplicity,

Suffer me to come to Thee.

 

I can remember my Grandfather teaching me to say that as a child! But what is your picture of Jesus? Is it the one gathering those snowy white sheep to his bosom? Or perhaps it’s the one I remember so well from Methodist Sunday Schools – a fair-haired, bleu-eyed Jesus wearing a blue shawl?

Because our pictures can be awfully misleading of course! Jesus was a Jew, for one thing: and so fair hair and blue eyes are rather unlikely, to say the least! And those snowy white sheep aren’t very realistic either! In my experience sheep are stubborn creatures who usually resist anything good you are trying to accomplish for them.

So how accurate is the picture of “Gentle Jesus”? In today’s Gospel we certainly see a very different picture: Jesus sits and makes a whip of cords to drive out the moneychangers from the Temple – and throughout the Gospels he is a man of stern words for those whose hardness of heart shuts up their compassion for the weakest in society.

So what is your picture of Jesus? Sometimes we fool ourselves into thinking he is just the quietly approving person who never fails to pat us on the head and tell us how well we are doing: but that Jesus would never have gone to the Cross! The true picture is a reflection of the passionate God for whom not expense is too great to being his errant children home.

 

Ian Cardinal

 
 

Hymns for today

                                Aston                                    Stone                   

 426                                        55          

 38                                          39                          

                                 346                                     106                           

 333/255                            506/333

 159                                        330

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Val Gerrard, Dorothy Burton, Mavis Pick,  Helen Zeter, Mary Townsend, Francis Wright, Mavis Foster, Tristan Simms, Kerris Sutherland, Linda Timms, Malcolm Nixon, Neil & Pat Wynne, , Malcolm Clark, Poppy Buckley, Christine Thomas, Sarah Wright, Terry Malkin, Emma Davis, Angela Rose, Ben King, John Allbut, Philip Hulme, Shirley Myerson, Peggy Sims, Sam Potts, Gwen Harvey, Dianne Harvey

And for the departed:

 

Albert Trivet, Timothy Hughes, Dorothy Garlick, Peter Oultram,  Joan Hagan

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Monday 12th 9am & 5pm Morning & Evening Prayer St M&W

10.30am “Faith Matters” – Summerfield Court

Tuesday 13th 9am & 5pm Morning & Evening Prayer St Saviour’s

                10.30am Mothers Union Holy Communion – St M&W

11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn Café – St Michael’s Hall

Wednesday 7th 7.30pm St M&W Holy Communion & LENT COURSE

 – The Rev’d Lesley Bentley

Thursday 8th 10.30am Holy Communion St Michael & St Wulfad

       

LENT COURSE this Wednesday:-  Holy Communion with address, Coffee and then question time. This week: The Rev’d Lesley Bentley, Director of Ministry for the Diocese

 

EASTER FLOWERS can be purchased in memory of a loved one. Sheet at the back of St Michael & St Wulfad’s.  To purchase Lilies for St Saviour's, please see Christine Burton.

 

MOTHERS UNION AND LADIES GUILD in Church 10.30am  prompt for Annual Holy Communion service