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16th December 2012

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 16 December 2012

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


PARISH CAROL SERVICE AT St Michael & St Wulfad this Sunday (16th) at 6pm. Do come along and support a great event


A Baptism of Purification

Now some of the Jews thought that the destruction of Herod's army came from God, and was a very just punishment for what he did against John called the baptist [the dipper]. For Herod had him killed, although he was a good man and had urged the Jews to exert themselves to virtue, both as to justice toward one another and reverence towards God, and having done so join together in washing. For immersion in water, it was clear to him, could not be used for the forgiveness of sins, but as a sanctification of the body, and only if the soul was already thoroughly purified by right actions. And when others massed about him, for they were very greatly moved by his words, Herod, who feared that such strong influence over the people might carry to a revolt -- for they seemed ready to do anything he should advise -- believed it much better to move now than later have it raise a rebellion and engage him in actions he would regret.

And so John, out of Herod's suspiciousness, was sent in chains to Machaerus, the fort previously mentioned, and there put to death; but it was the opinion of the Jews that out of retribution for John God willed the destruction of the army so as to afflict Herod.

Antiquities 18.5.2 116-119


So writes the Historian Josephus, interestingly confirming much of what is written in the New Testament, despite those who would tell us how unreliable it is as history! This week we hear more of John as the “Forerunner” – he who prepares the way. Now listen on!


Ian Cardinal



Hymns for today














Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Dorothy Burton, Mary Townsend, Vi Smith, Doreen Knight, Joan Taylor, Rosie Kent, Bunty Beecham, Toyah Carter, Kathleen Pickering, Norma Deakin

And for the departed:

Kerris Sutherland, Honora Sigley

Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Monday 17th 6.30pm Rotary Scouts Carol service – St Saviour’s

7.30pm HOP into Advent – Rosary Prayers – St M&W

Tuesday 18th 10am Walton School Christingle – St M&W

NO Drop Inn Café

1.30pm Trinity Skills for life Carols – St M&W

Thursday 20th 10.30am Holy Communion – St Michael & St Wulfad


CHRISTMAS CARD (1) If you didn’t take one with last week’s pewsheet, please take a card from, the Rectory family to you all.


CHRISTMAS CARD (2) as per last year we hope to advertise our Christmas services by delivering a card to every home in our benefice. Mary Babb and Andy King are coordinating this mammoth task. If you can help deliver please see them!


PROJECTS It now seems as though two things are going to happen early in the New Year: The Aston development project now has both permissions and most of its finance, so the builders will move in on January 7th. The Church will remain open on Sundays, but will require some cleaning for such each Saturday.

The Church Boilers at St Michael’s will start being replaced on the same day – Jan 7th. This could take up to 10 working days, so please expect some services to be held in the Hall.

Please bear with us, everyone!