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8th May 2011

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 08 May 2011



The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


Once again the news this week has been dominated by a single event: last week the Royal Wedding – this, the killing of the world’s most wanted man, Osama Bin Laden, head of the terrorist movement known as Al Qaeda. There is no real doubt that the man was responsible for various atrocities against the Western nations over the last few years and one cannot but feel that it has been, in some way, justice

But I do hope sincerely that it has not been revenge! However dark and sweet revenge may seem, it is not a wholesome approach to life. Only a few weeks ago we were speaking of Gandhi’s “eye for an eye” saying that “leaves the whole world blind and toothless. Jesus of course exhorts us to “love your enemies and pray for your persecutors” – and St Paul quotes the saying ““vengeance in mine” says the Lord.” No, this is not a sensible way of life at all

So what of those crowds of young Americans, seen celebrating outside the White House? Perhaps the question ought to be this: in what way are they different from or better than the young Palestinians celebrating when the twin towers came down in September 2001? Life is a precious commodity that we cannot mete out or take away with impunity

I am not naïve enough to think that Bin Laden would have been easily arrested or brought to a trial – and where would a fair trial have taken place in this world? But should we wish to show the world a better way of life that “tit for tat” then it does seem to me that there are questions to be asked


Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

                        474                              259

                        181                              280

                        246                              272

                        127/352                       404/10

                        10                                474

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Val Gerrard, Dorothy Burton, Mavis Pick, Frank & Dorothy Shelton, Helen Zeter, Harry & 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, Jess Franklin, Poppy Buckley, Jessie Moore, Gerard Wood, Christine Thomas, Noelle Emery, Sarah Wright, Terry Malkin, Lawrence Austin, Barbara Thornicroft

And for the departed:

Mildred Johnson, Gillian Smith


Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Tuesday 10th 10.15am for 10.30am Mother’s Union meets – St Michael’s Hall

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

Thursday 12th 9.30am Holy Communion – The Moorings

10.30am Holy Communion St Michael & St Wulfad

                        7.30pm Bell Appeal launch – Crown Hotel


MOTHERS UNION AND LADIES GUILD meets this week – Speaker the Rector. Tuesday 10th 10.15am for 10.30am


 BELL APPEAL LAUNCH As you will have seen (with varying accuracy) in the local Press, the appeal for renewing St Michael & St Wulfad’s ring of Bells is to be launched on Thursday evening at 7.30pm in the Crown Hotel. This is open to all Parishioners, who are warmly invited, alongside our Area Bishop and other dignitaries to attend!


THE RECTOR is guest preacher at Wigginton in Tamworth for their Flower festival this weekend