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19th February 2012

By Sally Smith - Posted on 19 February 2012



The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


Sometimes, things happen that we really don't expect.  Things that are outside our previous experience, and so we are not sure how to react. Our gospel reading for this week is a wonderful example of this.  Peter, seeing Jesus transformed before his eyes, shining with holy light, and conversing with prophets who had died long ago, suggests they erect tents so that they can stay there on the mountain top!  What would be the point of that?

I imagine that Peter, once he had thought it through, would have realised that it wasn't such a great idea, the four of them, and two ghosts, living in a tent on a mountain! Surreal or what?


Jesus, ever gracious, doesn't chide him, tell him he's stupid, or even tell him what it all means.  But he simply says “Don't tell anyone what you've seen”. This was something special for them, a little foretaste of what Jesus was preparing to do for those who trusted in him and committed their lives to  him.  I think that Jesus knew that they weren't ready for the enormity of what was about to happen, and so they would need to trust, taking one step at a time towards the glorious, transformed future that was prepared for them.


What they had seen happen to Jesus, was going to happen to them!  Their human bodies were to be infused by holy light, as the Spirit of Christ himself came to live inside them.  And wherever they went in the world, they would take the Christ light with them.


As we approach Lent, we become aware, like Peter, of our own fears, our own failures and our own foolishness.  And yet Jesus doesn't chide us, tell us we're stupid or even put us right.  He simply calls us to trust him, and to take one step at a time towards the glorious future he has prepared for each one of us.


We who trust in Christ are already infused with his holy light. Our human bodies are temples for the Spirit of Christ to live in.  Now we don't need to go around bragging about that, but we do need to live like it's true!


Sally Smith


Hymns for today

           Aston           Stone     

 82               82         

 343              442        

             362                 309           

 127/175             127/452

 532              186        


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, Bill Scotton, Gwen Harvey, Dianne Harvey, Liz Osborne

And for the departed:


Graham Robert Whitehall, Annie Ellen Hudson, Joe Marshall, Dorothy Shelton, Alice Lorraine Dix, Peter Barlow

Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Monday 20th 10.30am “Faith Matters” – Summerfield Court

Tuesday 21st 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn Café – St Michael’s Hall

                     1.00pm – Clergy Fraternal at Christchurch

Thursday 23rd 10.30am Holy Communion St Michael & St Wulfad


ST. SAVIOUR'S HOT POT SUPPER:  Saturday 25th February - - Guest Speaker, the Bishop of Stafford - Tickets £10 available from Liz or Ron - phone 818504.


LENT BEGINSon Wednesday 22nd February – ASH WEDNESDAY.  As usual we shall start with a Eucharist for both Churches at 7.30pm at St Michael & St Wulfad’s, when there will be the opportunity for blessing and imposition of ashes. This year’s LENT COURSE will follow on the succeeding Wednesday evenings with an array of different speakers. Do put the dates in your diaries and make sure you are there!


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.