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22nd November 2020

By Alison Hudson - Posted on 18 November 2020

St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone

and St Saviour Church, Aston

Sunday 22 November 2020



Stir up, O Lord, the wills of your faithful people’ that they,

plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may by you be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


Church open for private prayer only during lockdown

Sadly during this time of lockdown the church will only be open for private prayer during our normal services times:


8.00-8.45am St Michael & St Wulfad

9.15-10.15am St Saviour

10.45-11.45am St Michael & St Wulfad


10.30-11.30am St Michael & St Wulfad

Stone with Aston Sunday afternoon prayers

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

  • 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 be using the Week 4 Service Sheet.


A Sunday Service will be recorded

Keep an eye out on our website and Facebook page for a pre-recorded Sunday service each week. If you would like a DVD of this, please let Ian know.


Regular Giving

To minimise the handling of cash, could you consider making regular donations to the church via standing order from your bank?

If you are able or would prefer to do this, please contact John Baddeley on 01785 815397, or email johnandpat@allaboutimage.netfor St Michaels, or Paul Gerrard on 01785 818363 or email pagerrard@btinternet.comfor St Saviour’s. Thank you!

Virtual Sunday School

Our young children are now meeting with Jill and Laura via Zoom every Sunday afternoon at 5pm. Please do hold this valuable ministry in your prayers.



Green Bus

There will be no Green Bus service during lockdown.


Lockdown Talents & Promises Sale

To help raise funds for St Michael’s Church, can you offer something homemade for sale? i.e. a cake, homemade jam or chutney, a Christmas decoration, card, or wreath, or indeed anything of your own choosing. Material costs can be deducted. Please let Philip Leason know what you are able to offer, the quantity and suggested selling price and a full list will then be circulated around in December.

p.leason@btinternet.com01785 817980


Homemade Sale at St Saviour’s

Following the end of the current lockdown, after the service on the 5th December, a sale of homemade goodies, cakes, chutneys, jams etc is planned.  If you are able to contribute to this would you please speak to Christine Burton (01785 813475).  All contributions will be gratefully received.  Thank you.


Shoebox Appeal

If you have taken a shoebox to fill, could you please endeavour to return the filled boxes to one of our churches or to Mary Babb by Sunday 5 December. Alternatively go to to buy a pre-filled Christmas Shoe Box. Our support for Operation Christmas Child is as vital this year as any other.


Contact details

Please do not hesitate to contact any of the ministry 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

A Reflection based on the readings for Sunday 22 November

Ezekiel 34: 11-6, 20-24           Ephesians 1: 15-23     Matthew 25: 31-46


If I said to you “I want to tell you a story”, who would come to mind?  If you are thinking Max Bygraves, you are correct. Can you name any of his songs? You’re a pink toothbrush, Gilly Gilly Osenfeffer, Fings aint what they used to be. You need hands. Tulips from Amsterdam (both from 1958).

It’s the hands one I want you to think about today. Left hand and right hand. Sinister and Dexter; Sheep and goats. I used to have a pair of socks with sheep and goats on, sadly worn out now and unavailable any more (unless you know differently) Sheep on the right, Goats on the left was how they were worn. Poor goats, they do get a bad press in Matthews Gospel do they not? Have you ever wondered why the goat is the baddie whilst the sheep is the goodie of Matthews gospel?  One commentary says it is because of the goat’s unruly nature, another because of his lust and bad smell. But the image of sheep versus goat is possibly not as complicated as that. Both animals mingle together in the same herd—just as righteous and unrighteous people mingle together in the world—but the great Shepherd and Judge can easily tell the difference. Back to your hands and what you will do with them today as we are unable to have our Stir Up Sunday mix.

Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people.

 On this last Sunday before Advent, that is what we are asking God. We are asking him, from the bottom of our hearts, pleading with all our might, for him to fire into action our wills, our desires, so that as we bring forth the fruit of good works richly, that we may be rewarded richly. Before we get too far in, let me take a step back in time.

It’s a bit of a dilemma as to what to do with this Sunday, it comes around each year, and we possibly think that it has always been Christ the King Sunday. But that isn’t so. Christ the King Sunday would horrify Thomas Cranmer, King Henry VIII’s Archbishop of Canterbury and the producer of the first Book of Common Prayer. Thomas Cranmer knew who the King was and it was clearly Henry VIII, and any other discussion of kingship could very likely have resulted in the loss of the Archbishop’s head! No, in 1559, there was no Christ the King Sunday.

It was in 1925, in a Papal Encyclical that Pope Pius XI instituted the Feast of Christ the King. At that time the Sunday before Advent was called “The Sunday next before Advent”. Not a particularly interesting title for a Sunday. 

Because of the first words of the Collect for the Day, this Sunday has for a long time been called Stir-Up Sunday. Why is it so named? Is it a day when the preacher is called upon to ask God to stir up his people, or is it just a quaint tradition where people take the first words, forget the message but remember to stir the mixture for their Christmas puddings, their Christmas cakes, their mince pies or whatever their tradition leads them to do?

Whether it is Christ the King Sunday, or “Stir up” Sunday, we can be assured that Christ is always with us. We can be assured that Jesus is the same yesterday, and today, and tomorrow. He will be the same person, one who is in a loving relationship with us right where we are in our faith journey today-tomorrow and always. He stirs us to seek him in prayer, in worship, and through reading of scripture. He stirs up our hearts to seek ways in which to be his hands in the world – being his messenger, his disciples, his kingdom’s servants in seeking out the poor, those who are lonely or ill, those in prison, and those within our own midst who are in need of God’s love, forgiveness, and blessings.

Therefore, Almighty and Everlasting God, restore all things in your well-beloved. Stir us up.         Dennis Abbott


Prayers of Intercession

Let us with confidence present our prayers and supplications to the throne of grace.


We pray for all those in positions of power,

that they may govern with wisdom and integrity,

serving the needs of their people.

May your reign come; Lord, hear our prayer.


We pray for the Church, the sign of your reign,

that it may extend your welcome to people of every

race and background.

May your kingdom come; Lord, hear our prayer.


We pray for Christians of every denomination,

that together we may come to understand

the royal priesthood you bestowed on us in baptism.

May your dominion come; Lord, hear our prayer.


We pray for those whose commitment to truth

brings them into conflict with earthly powers,

that they may have the courage to endure.

May your rule come; Lord, hear our prayer.


We pray for this community of faith,

that attentive to your word

we may always worship in spirit and in truth.

Bring comfort, healing and wholeness to all who suffer in body, mind or spirit, and peace to those who mourn.

May your reign come; Lord, hear our prayer.


Loving God, you have taught us that the power of the heart

is greater than the power of wealth and might.

Hear us as we pray for the fulfilment of your reign.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our King;

to him be glory and power for ever. Amen



Our weekly prayers 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, Carl Hartley, John Hargreaves, Val Morris, Alan Holmes, June Stringer, Jayne Walker, Sue Kenchington, Jim Hammersley, Christopher Davis, Duncan Leak, Charlotte Lyle


For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends:



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

Dorothy May Bolderstone 1994               Mabel Cartledge 1986

Herbert Tarpley Collieer Jnr 1986             Robert William Davies 1989

Vera Emma Till 1990                                 Ann Carol Wright 1985

Lauren Elizabeth Playfair 1994                 Leslie Hodson 1996

John Lamsdale 1973                                  George Garratt 1976

Sarah Perkins 1947                                    Fred Taylor 1994

Donald Geoffrey Shaw 1999                     Rita Scott 2000

Geoffrey Woodcock 2003                         Frederick James Smith 2006

Christopher John Bullock 2010                 Melanie Johnson 2014

and from St Saviour’s:

Edna Joan Steele 2005                              Florence Lucy Tyler 2006

Victoria Ellen Milligan 2011                      John Arthur Claney 2013

Susan Robinson 2015                                Margaret (Peggy) Babb 2017

Beatrice Margery Jean Harris 2018          June Estelle Wright 1990

Dennis Edward (Ted) Bourne 2018           Rosaleen Williams 2019

Mildred Frost 1987                                   Leonard George Gee 198 

Frederick James Forsbrooke 1994            Martha Robertson 1993

Mildred Eva Risk 1997                               Gladys May Malkin 1999

Margaret Diana Wenman 2000                Donald Curtis 2004

Phyllis Mary Brown 2005                          Robert Duncan Harper 2005

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