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18th December 2011

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 15 December 2011


The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


Christmas Services next weekend

Christmas Eve

4pm Crib Service – St M&W

6.30pm Parish carols – St Saviour’s

11.30pm Blessing of Crib & Midnight Mass – St M&W


Christmas Day

8am Holy Communion - St M&W

9.15am Holy Communion – St Saviour’s

10.45am Christmas Family Communion – St M&W


A Jewish Rabbi once told me of the reaction of a woman visiting his synagogue and flicking through a prayer book – “Oh look, they’re using our psalms!” Perhaps today there are Anglicans having the same psychological reaction in reverse: how can we be honouring Mary when she’s Roman Catholic?

Of course she is no such thing, but a faithful Jewish maiden. The Archangel greets her as “most highly favoured” and it would be stupid for us to do anything less! The truth about Mary is expressed by our Orthodox brothers and sisters when they acclaim her as “the first of the redeemed.” There is much evidence that Christian people from New Testament times honoured Mary as a great and significant person in the story of our Salvation – and they even called her “Theotokos” – the God-bearer

And so today we once more hear the wondrous story of how the Angel tells Mary of how she is to bear the Messiah. Perhaps Mary is best viewed as an example of what may happen when God’s purposes meet human faithfulness. In Mary’s “Yes” we see a foretaste of what may happen when we agree to God’s plans for our lives! It may not make it easy, but is certainly does make life exciting.


Ian Cardinal





Hymns for today

                                Aston                                    Stone                   

            467                                             136

            471                                             467

                                136                                         471

            358/98                                      479/489

                307                                         307


Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Val Gerrard, Dorothy Burton, Mavis Pick, Dorothy Shelton, 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, Mervyn Griffiths, Shirley Myerson, Joan Morris, Peggy Sims, Sam Potts, Billy Scotton


And for the departed:

Samantha Hurst, Charles Lowndes

Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Sunday 18th 6pm Parish Carol service – St M&W

Monday 19th 2.30pm Aston WI Carol Service – St Saviour’s

            7.30pm Countdown to Christmas – Rectory (11 Farrier Close)

Tuesday 20th NO Drop Inn Café – St Michael’s Hall

Thursday 22nd 10.30am Holy Communion St Michael & St Wulfad


COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS   Final session in our preparations:

This week Isaiah Ch. 9


DELIVERIES, DELIVERIES!! Wonderful job done, folks, in delivering the Parish Christmas Card – over 4,000 of these have gone out – very well done to all our volunteers


DATE FOR THE NEW YEAR – Hot Pot Supper, St Michael’s Hall, Jan 28th. Put it into your diary.


REINDEER FOOD is available at the back of St M&W - £1 a pack. Spread on the lawn on Christmas Eve & watch it sparkle! (kindly made by Mrs Childs from St Michael’s school for Church funds)