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19th January 2020

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 16 January 2020

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


THE NEXT CRAFT CAFEat St Saviour's Church will be on Wednesday 29 January from 2-4pm. We will be making silk painted cards. Refreshments and craft materials are provided, please let Revd Alison know if you are coming along, or 07725 467246


† Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us! †


            And so we sing, Sunday by Sunday, “Lamb of God you take away the sin of the world” – like so many things, we take the roots of our worship for granted, so maybe it’s time to think about what the words might mean

            I suspect we all know what happened at the end of the ten plagues of Egypt: with the last plague, Pharaoh is finally seen to change his mind and to let the people go. But the last plague is seen with the celebration of the Passover:- the people eat a choice lamb that is roasted for them. They are to sleep in their clothes and to be prepared to leave Egypt. And the blood of the lamb marks each of their houses, so that the visitation of God on the Egyptians shall not come upon them

            Animal sacrifice is alien to us: it’s something we barely understand in our nice, tidy civilisation. The point of the lamb is that it is an expensive offering, however: in a subsistence economy, each animal is the difference between success and failure, life and death. Worship of God is therefore an extravagant business – we cannot offer to God something that is shoddy or second rate

            John the Baptist calls Jesus the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world in this week’s gospel. In doing so, he recognises that things are rather reversed in the New Testament. Instead of our worship costing us the earth, God chooses to risk his own Son in order to gather his people about him and call them home

            Perhaps the only thing left to say is to remind us of the last verse of that tremendous Christmas carol: What shall I give him, poor as I am?  The final words remind us that the only possible response to such love is Yet what I can I give him – give my heart!


Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

            174                              122

            71                                53

                        41                                21 (Carol sheet)

127/10                        342/10

532                              532


Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend,  Elsie Richardson, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, John Richardson, Peter Bowler,  Catherine Ritchie,  Graham Baker,  James Astle, Miles Brain,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott, Molly Wright, Norman Latham, Joyce Crowther, Veronica Cooper


And for the departed:

George Wright, Norman Goodwin, Jeff Smith, John Owen


Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 21st 11am Funeral of Jeff Smith at St Saviour’s

11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café – St Michael’s hall

Wednesday 22nd 7.30pm Aston PCC Meeting - Church

Thursday 16th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W


SUNDAY SCHOOLcontinues this Sunday in the vestry of St Michael & St Wulfad’s church. Do keep the leaders and children in your prayers and pray for its success


WEDDING FAIRSunday 23rd February – from 11am till 3pm. Local businesses will be involved in displaying their wares and services in St Michael & St Wulfad’s Church.

For us as congregations, this is a wonderful opportunity to promote the idea of Christian marriage – not just a pretty venue, but a time to ask God’s blessing on relationships, to think about hopes and promises for the future.

We will need people to welcome them on the day, to provide refreshments and information about what each of our churches can offer

Do have a word with Margaret Moss or Christine Connolly about what help you might be able to offer

Service pattern at St Michael & St Wulfad’s will be very different that day. Keep an eye open for details