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17th October 2021


By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 14 October 2021

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

The gospel for the Last Sunday after Trinity (Saint Mark chapter 10, verses 46b to 52) is that famous story of Blind Bartimaeus, who asked Jesus to let him see again. (Which was the theme yesterday for our first Messy Church for very nearly 2 years).

Thursday this week, was celebrated as World Sight Day, when we were reminded that millions of people around the world are needlessly blind, because they can't get simple surgery or treatment that would save their sight.

Bartimaeus appealed to Jesus directly to restore his sight, and today, as the hands that Jesus works through in this world are yours and mine, it must be to us that those people who’re not lucky enough to have been born in a country that has a National Health Service to take care of their visual health appeal.

Daunting though it may seem to stand in Jesus’ shoes, there are 2 things that we can all do to respond to those appeals.

Firstly, we can pray for people who don't have access to health services because they live too far away and cannot afford transport. We can pray for those living with permanent blindness, that our world will be increasingly inclusive to people with disabilities, especially remembering those communities around the world where provision is scarce.

We can pray for indigenous people to come forward to train to be ophthalmologists, optometrists, theatre technicians, hospital staff, outreach workers, and all those others who work tirelessly to restore sight. We must also pray that more jobs will be made accessible for people with visual impairments, and that the contributions all can make will be duly recognised. Let there be an end to "Ableism" in places of work throughout the world.

Secondly, however much or however little, we can raise money to help restore sight in the world's poorest places. There are many organisations (including Christian Blind Mission who I support) that we can join or send one off donations to. The results won't be as dramatic or immediate as when Jesus turned and said; "Go, your faith has made you well," but by funding training, equipment, and jobs, to save and restore sight, and educate attitudes, we can begin to do Christ's work, in today's world.

 

Berwyn Babb

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

            243                              243

            5 (x2)                           330

                        287                              346

342/452                       463/73

380                              186

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Elsie Richardson, Vera Tomkinson, Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, John Richardson, Peter Bowler, Catherine Ritchie, Miles Brain, John & Ann Shuttleworth, Margaret Wright, Molly Wright, Norman Latham, Gillian Wright, John Hargreaves, Val Morris, June Stringer, Jim Hammersley, Alison Holmes, Pam Miles, Lewis Hubbard, Jean Gulliver, Margaret Tomlinson, Dave McGlynn, Sue Kenchington, Elsie Woodcock, Lindsey Knowles, Carl Hartley, Mike Thompson

 

For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends:

Katheryn Coull, John Sanders, Sue Shannon

 

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 19th 11.45am – 1pm DROP INN CAFÉ St Michael’s Hall

            1.30pm St M&W Youth work meeting – St Michael’s hall

Wednesday 20th 7pm Treasurers, Wardens & Incumbents Parish Share mtg

Thursday 21st 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

Friday 22nd Diocesan Day of Prayer – see below

 

SERVICE SHEETS, BOOKS AND HYMNBOOKS. We do wish to be careful about this and will ask you to return them to a table at the rear of Church, rather than sidespeople putting them away immediately.

 

DIOCESAN DAY OF PRAYERThe Diocese runs a day of prayer, of which Stone Deanery runs half an hour – 7-7.30pm this coming Friday.  All are welcome to join as we pray for the new situation we find ourselves in. Zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89475151546?pwd=bE54YzB2TFlOalpDZ2E4eVFzR3lCQT09

Meeting ID: 894 7515 1546 Passcode: 430260

 

ALL SOULS DAY Nov 2nd.  Letters to deliver coming soon

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