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14th February 2021


By Alison Hudson - Posted on 11 February 2021

St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone

and St Saviour Church, Aston

14 February 2021

Sunday before Lent and Ash Wednesday

 

Worship in our churches will resume on Ash Wednesday, 17 February, followed by Sunday morning services. This will be kept under regular review, with health and safety advice being rigorously adhered to.

 

If you come into church, please maintain a social distance from others, log in to “track and trace”, use hand sanitiser and wear a face covering, as well as avoiding conversation or gatherings inside the building.

 

Please do not feel under any pressure to attend church before you are ready to! Our prayers are with you all, and the ministry team will continue to film an act of worship for you to follow each week on our website, church Facebook pages and on Ian Cardinal’s channel of YouTube.  Ian Cardinal

Notices

Sunday Services resume from 21 February

These will be a brief service of Holy Communion. There will not be a Thursday morning service for the time being.

 

Ash Wednesday

There will be a service at 10.30am at St Saviour’s and 7.30pm at

St Michael’s, please feel free to attend whichever service time suits you best as this is traditionally a joint service with both churches. One of these services will be filmed and posted online as with our Sunday services.

 

Lent Course

For our Lent Course this year we will be following ‘A Way Through the Wilderness’ by Paula Gooder. We will run this over Zoom and provide a weekly handout for you to follow. There will be 5 sessions, on Wednesdays at 7pm, starting on 24 February. The course uses readings from Isaiah 40 to explore different aspects of the comfort God seeks to offer us when we need it most! Please let Alison know if you are interested in taking part. alison.hudson4@gmail.comor 07725 467246

 

Virtual Sunday School

Our young children continue to meet via Zoom each Sunday afternoon at 5pm, hosted by Jill Bramham. Please do hold our children, Jill and this valuable ministry in your prayers.

 

Regular giving

Would you consider making regular donations to the church via standing order from your bank?

 

If you are able to do this, please contact John Baddeley on

01785 815397, or email johnandpat@allaboutimage.net

for St Michaels, or Paul Gerrard on 01785 818363 or email pagerrard@btinternet.comfor St Saviour’s. Thank you!  

Stone with Aston Sunday afternoon prayers

This time of prayer continues each week. It is a short service (approximately 20 minutes) that we are able to share in together at 4pm each Sundayvia phone or internet.

To join us:

  • Phone this number 0131 460 1196or 0203 481 5237
  • enter the meeting ID on your telephone keypad897 6759 5340
  • you will be asked for a participant number - just enter #
  • enter the password which is 928354

or join online via ‘Zoom’.

This week we will use the Epiphany Prayer Sheetfor the last time.

 

Prayer for the Nation

Following the devastating milestone of 100,000 deaths from Covid-19, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have called for a time of prayer for the nation at 6pm each day during the month of February. They encourage us to remember before God those who have died and pray that God's love will surround all who mourn them, now and always.

Gracious God, as we remember before you

the thousands who have died,

surround us and all who mourn with your strong compassion.

Be gentle with us in our grief, protect us from despair,

and give us grace to persevere and face the future

with hope in Jesus Christ our risen Lord. Amen

 

Spiritual Communion

Lichfield Cathedral incorporates an act of Spiritual Communion within their worship each week at the point of the distribution of Communion. The 1662 Book of Common Prayer tells us that if we offer ourselves in penitence and faith, giving thanks for the redemption won by Christ crucified, we may truly ‘eat and drink the Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ’, although we cannot receive the sacrament physically in ourselves. This prayer can be said:

Thanks be to you, Lord Jesus Christ,

for all the benefits you have given me,

for all the pains and insults you have borne for me.

Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,

I ask you to come spiritually into my heart.

O most merciful redeemer, friend and brother,

may I know you more clearly, love you more dearly,

and follow you more nearly, day by day. Amen

 

Contact details

Please do contact any of the team should you need to:

Revd Preb Ian Cardinal 01785 812747   

Dennis Abbott 01785 814134

Revd Alison Hudson 07725 467246      

Fr John Cotterill 07734 815838

Lin Davies 01889 505094

 

Readings and Collect for Sunday 14 February

2 Kings 2: 1-12                        2 Corinthians 4: 3-6                Mark 9: 2-9

 

Almighty Father, whose Son was revealed in majesty before he suffered death upon the cross: give us grace to perceive his glory, that we may be strengthened to suffer with him and be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

 

Reflection

After just two weeks of Ordinary Time, we find ourselves moving rapidly towards Lent, as next Wednesday we observe the beginning of this journey. Ash Wednesday is the day that we turn our attention to our inner lives in an attitude of humility and repentance, yet always holding before us the immeasurable depth of God’s mercy and goodness towards us.

 

The imposition of ashes that we would normally enact is a reminder of the frailty of our human life as we hear the words ‘Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.’ Yet this year, unlike any other we barely need a reminder of that frailty. In this country alone, the number of losses to Covid-19 are far far greater than we would ever have imagined just a year ago as we embarked on our Lenten journey.

 

While we are not able to impose ashes this year, there is an invitation from Lichfield Cathedral to join a virtual service in order to make this observance yourself. It is an act that not just reminds us of our sinful nature, coming from an ancient symbol of repentance ‘in sack cloth and ashes’ but also reassures us of God’s absolute act of forgiveness and love in the incarnate Christ. Their service will be streamed at 12.30pm and 7.30pm. You can access these by going to the ‘Together in Worship’ section of their website, www.lichfield-cathedral.org.

 

However, as with the act of Spiritual Communion mentioned earlier in this newsletter, what is most important is the attitude of our hearts as we bring ourselves before God. The Sacraments are an outward and visible sign of an inward and invisible grace, a tangible reminder of God with us, but whether we physically receive these signs, or simply offer ourselves to God in the quiet of our homes, he hears the intention of our hearts and meets us where we are.

 

In your Lenten journey this year may you know this truth as you commit yourself afresh to following Him in ways that are appropriate and meaningful for you.                Revd Alison

 

Prayers of Intercession

We pray to the Lord for courage to give up other things and to give ourselves to him this Lent.

 

Give your Church the courage to give up her preoccupation with herself and to give more time to your mission in the world.

May the blood and water flowing from the side of Jesus bring forgiveness to your people and help us to face the cost of proclaiming salvation.

Lord, meet us in the silence and hear our prayer.

 

Give your world the courage to give up war, bitterness and hatred, and to seek peace.

May the shoulders of the risen Jesus, once scourged by soldiers, bear the burden of political and military conflict in our world.

Lord, meet us in the silence and hear our prayer.

 

Give us the courage to give up quarrels, strife and jealousy in our families, neighbourhoods and communities.

May the presence of the risen Jesus, his body once broken and now made whole, bring peace and direction as we live with one another.

Lord, meet us in the silence and hear our prayer.

 

Give us the courage to give up our selfishness as we live for others, and to give time, care and comfort to the sick.

May the wounded hands of Jesus bring his healing touch, and the light of his presence fill their rooms.

Lord, meet us in the silence and hear our prayer.

 

Give us the courage to give up our fear of death and to rejoice with those who have died in faith.

May the feet of the risen Lord Jesus, once nailed to the cross, walk alongside the dying and bereaved in their agony, and walk with us and all your Church through death to the gate of glory.

Lord, meet us in the silence and hear our prayer.

 

We commend ourselves and all for whom we pray to the mercy and protection of our heavenly Father, in the Name of Christ. Amen

 

Those we include inourprayers of intercession

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Elsie Richardson, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, John Richardson, Peter Bowler, Catherine Ritchie, James Astle, Miles Brain, John & Ann Shuttleworth, Margaret Wright, Molly Wright, Norman Latham, Mary Leigh, Gillian Wright, John Hargreaves, Val Morris, Alan Holmes, June Stringer, Jayne Walker, Jim Hammersley, Duncan Leak, Christopher Davis, Margaret Tomlinson, Berwyn Babb, Carl Hartley, Karen Hartley, Alison Holmes, Maddy, Pam Miles

 

For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends:

Frank Herbert, Derek Cartledge, Valerie Fletcher, Rachel Eade,

Joan Lilian Cooper (not from Aston!)

 

For those whose year’s mind falls in this month from St Michael’s:

Neil McDougall 1984, Robert Ball 1945, Dorothy Ball 1943, Florece Laugher 1987, Albert Purslow 1988, Marjorie Sandland 1993, Jean Robinson 1976, Harry Perkins 1976, John Newton 1976, Hilda Perkin 1997, Ida Watson 1985, Lucy Taylor 1998, Merla Buxton 1999, Francis Moss 2003, Alfred Hazelhurst 2003, Wendy Warrillow 2004, Violet Cadagan 2009, Bernard Rose 2011, Mathew Emery 2011, Michael Ravenscroft 2012, Laurie Broadhurst 2010, Andrew Lindsay 2014

 

and from St Saviour’s:

Frederick Mellor 1987, Mabel Ferneyhough 2013, Frank Mellor 1988, Constance Pearson 2013, Frank Pick 1991, Harry Townsend 2016, Evelyn Dunkey 1994, Veronica Cooper 2020, Nancy Betts 1994, Pauline Matthews 2020, Edith Northfield 1998, Cyril Tomkinson 2000, Sarah Bates 2001, David Livingstone MacKinnon 2003, Brigita Goode 2004, Pearl McFarlane 2004, Peter Clayton 2005, Margaret Emery 2009, Ronald Plant 2010, Millicent Faulkner 2011, Dorothy Shelton 2012, Anne Rodgers 2013

St Michael & St Wulfad and St Saviour Church

 

Cycle of Prayer for our benefice

 

Week 1

Church St, The Coppice Estate, George Rd, Hempbutts, High St, Mill St, Morrisons, Crown St, Joules Court, St Michaels Close, Lichfield St, businesses in High St and Mill St

 

Week 2

Priory Estate, Abbey St, Lichfield Rd, Grange Rd, Millwalk, Shepley Close, Redlands, Brookfield Court, Pingle Lane, Ridgeway, Flax Croft, Westover Drive, Parkhouse Drive, Old Rectory Road, Claremont Close, Cedar Park, Parkway, Aston Lodge Park, Aston

 

Week 3

Stone Golf Club, Stone Cricket Club, Community Fire Station, Trent Clinic, Doctors Surgeries, Dental Surgeries, Pharmacies and all the staff, St Michaels First School, Pirehill First School, Manor Rise, Walton Priory, The Moorings, Summerfield Court, Autumn House

 

Week 4

Walton Grange, Stafford Rd, Stafford Close, Stonehouse Hotel, Stone Business Park, Aldi, Farms within the parish, Eccleshall Rd, Cherryfields Estate, Walton Way, Walton Community Centre, Whitemill Lane and Air Ministry Estate

 

Week 5

Pirehill Lane, Beacon Rise and environs, Longhope Rd, Fillybrooks, Residents on A34, Udell Grange, Anwyl Homes, Sweepers Ave, Blundell Drive and environs, Common Lane, Crestwood Drive, Foxwood Close, Tilling Drive Estate

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