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22nd January 2012

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 22 January 2012



The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


“Unity is the goal of man, and not the purpose of God!” declared the Preacher at an Evangelical Church on one occasion. The problem with this statement is that it blatantly ignores the words of Jesus in John 17:I pray that they may all be one. Father! May they be in us, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they be one, so that the world will believe that you sent me.”And what about the words of St Paul too?then fill me with joy by having the same attitude, sharing the same love, being united in spirit, and keeping one purpose in mind.” No, it’s obvious nonsense.

The real problem comes down to the rather silly game we have been playing all down the centuries: “I am right – my Church has sole access to the truth!” This, in essence, is what caused the Great Schism between the Eastern and Western Church in 1054AD – and it goes on today in some places

But in the 1930s began the Ecumenical movement: a recognition that each of us may have some foundation for what we say and practice. Although it has rarely succeeded in bringing a formal Unity between Churches, it has encouraged us to think hard about other Christians and to love and respect them. Indeed our current rules about taking Communion (open to all who are Communicants and belong to Churches that believe in the Holy Trinity) stem from the recognition that the altar belongs to God and not just the Church of England!

My own training for the Priesthood was done at Queen’s College, among Anglicans, Methodists and URC members, with strong links to the Roman Catholic seminary at Oscott. It didn’t take anyone from their Church allegiance, but it did make us respect and pray with people from other Church traditions!

May Christ’s Prayer for Unity be fulfilled!


Ian Cardinal






Hymns for today

                                Aston                                    Stone                   

 246                                        246                        

 386                                        73                          

                                 328                                        33                          

 391/334                               391/359

 532                                        186                        


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, Shirley Myerson, Joan Morris, Peggy Sims, Sam Potts, Billy Scotton, Gwen Harvey

And for the departed:


Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Monday 23rd 10.30am “Faith Matters” – Summerfield Court

            7.30pm Nooma group – 9 Airdale Spinney

Tuesday 24th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn Café – St Michael’s Hall

            7pm St Michael’s School Governors meeting

Thursday 26th 10.30am Holy Communion St Michael & St Wulfad

                        7.30pm Stone PCC meets – Church

Saturday 28th – Hot Pot Supper – St Michael’s Hall


ST MICHAEL & ST WULFAD’S  HOT POT SUPPER: St Michael’s Hall, Jan 28th. Tickets available at £6 from Nichola Abbott & Jean Sutton


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


SERMON SERIESthis week – Jesus the True Vine