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20th October 2019

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 17 October 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


            We are almost at the end of the Trinity season, next week being the last Sunday after Trinity – and in this week’s gospel, Jesus reminds us of the vast importance of prayer. “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of, Wherefore, let thy voice rise like a fountain for me night and day.” wrote Alfred Lord Tennyson. And, in our hearts of hearts we know that to be true.

            The problem is that it’s hard! We can all easily rattle off a “shopping” list of prayers each day – but is that really what God asks of us? True prayer may begin in silence, when we try to listen to God speaking to us in prayer: and God is not a cosmic fruit machine, whereby we put in a request and, if we are lucky, the right combination comes up and we get the answer we want!

            And Jesus tells us to persevere in prayer. It’s all too easy to give up – how many people do you know that will tell you they lost faith when something happened they think God should not have allowed?  One of the things that constantly impresses me on my own spiritual journey is the constancy of those who are called to the Religious life of a Monk or Nun: their lives are filled with prayers, many times a day, let alone the times they spend praying alone. Not many of us may be called to that kind of life, but we are all called to pray constantly

In one of my parishes was a lady whose mother died after a long illness. When nature eventually took its course, she was in floods of tears with my predecessor as Vicar – who managed to point out that her mother had died, as she wished, at home and in no pain. This may not have been the answer she wanted – but undoubtedly the Good Lord was there, answering prayer in that moment


Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

            243                              246

            5 (x2)                           40

                        287                              346

342/452                       463/39

186                              186


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, Joan Lazonby, Richard Stephens


And for the departed:

John Turner, Margaret Griffiths, Brian Dominic, Ken Bentley, Roy Farnell, Pearl Sunderland


Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Monday 21st 7.30pm Ministry Team Meeting - Rectory

Tuesday 22nd 11.45 – 13.00 Drop Inn Café - St Michael’s hall

Thursday 24th 10.30am Holy Communion – St Michael & St Wulfad

            7.30pm “Spiritual essentials” – 11 Farrier Close


SPIRITUAL ESSENTIALS: Final session is entitled “Water – enjoying refreshment.”  Everyone welcome to the Rectory on Thursday


LADIES OUTINGTuesday 17th December 5.30pm – Lichfield Cathedral illuminations – cost £6:  JUST ONE PLACE LEFT! 4pm Buffet meal at Chapters, in the Close – cost £10.75. Please confirm your place and pay your money to Steph ASAP


BISHOP GEOFF’S LEAVING GIFT.Our two churches would like to make a combined gift. All donations to Churchwardens please


ALL SOULS DAY SERVICE4pm Sunday 3rd November. The letters of invitation to the bereaved have gone out – and the lists for any names to be remembered are at the back of each church. Do come and support this important ministry