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22nd May 2011


By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 21 May 2011

 

 

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

One of the things about worshipping in (relatively) old buildings is the way that they are made. If one spends a moment thinking about it, underneath the plaster and decoration are stones or bricks: each is vital – each takes its own place – and each has its own function and is indispensable

The Epistle for today runs Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and 5like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house”reminding us that we are not dissimilar ourselves: our function as Christians is to be built together into Christ. There is no such thing as an “individual Christian” – rather we are built together into the Church! Each of us has that special place and function that only we can fulfil – and the whole building becomes shaky and perhaps draughty when that function is not fulfilled

The Orthodox Christians have a saying: “We are saved together or not at all”. Our Western culture fails us at this point when it stresses individual freedoms and the like: although true and worthy, it fails to illuminate the way we are related to each other! And so the Church is (to use a different picture) a giant jigsaw puzzle: Each of us is a part of the big picture – but when a part is missing or fails to fit in, the whole picture is spoilt!

Our God is the God who cares – who sees each sparrow falling – and for whom each individual is of supreme importance. In his hands the Church is still being created and called into being. And in his hands each one of us has a part to play. But it is only when we are truly related to each other that this part and role can come into fullest fruition

 

Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

                        120                              504

                        512                              512

                        474                              372

                        424/342                       463/375

                        452                              563

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Val Gerrard, Dorothy Burton, Mavis Pick, Frank & Dorothy Shelton, Helen Zeter, Mary Townsend, Francis & Joyce Wright, Mavis Foster, Baby Tristan Simms, Kerris Sutherland, Linda Timms, Malcolm Nixon, Pat Wynne, Margaret Stubbs, Amy Bolderstone,  Ben King, Malcolm Clark, Poppy Buckley, Jessie Moore, Gerard Wood, Christine Thomas, Noelle Emery, Sarah Wright, Terry Malkin, Barbara Thornicroft

And for the departed:

Gillian Smith, Barry Thomas, Lawrence Austin

 

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Monday 23rd 7.30pm PCC meeting for all Stone Church PCCs – see below

Tuesday 24th 11am Funeral of Lawrence Austin – No Drop Inn Café

Wednesday 25th Stone PCC meets - Church

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

 

BIBLE EXHIBITION24th – 26th June at St Saviour’s. If you have promised to loan a Bible for the exhibition, please could you bring them now to Mary Babb, who will happily give receipts for precious volumes!

 

BISHOP GEOFFand Archdeacon Godfrey request a meeting with all PCC members (together with those of the Christ Church grouping) at the Christ Church Centre 7.30pm Monday 23rd May to discuss Mission Action Plans

 

LAWRENCE AUSTIN’S funeral will be held at St Michael & St Wulfad’s Church at 11am on Tuesday 24th May, prior to Cremation at Carmountside. Lawrence’s family would like to say thank you for all the cards and greetings and would be pleased to see anyone who wishes in Church that day. As refreshments are being served in the Hall, there will be no Drop Inn café this day