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26th September 2021


By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 23 September 2021

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

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.

 

COACH TO REV’D ALISON’S INDUCTION -GNOSALL – October 6th.  We hope to run a coach for transport. The cost will be a maximum of around £8 per head, possibly less, depending on the numbers wanting to go. See Nichola Abbott 814134

 

Are they “one of us”? That’s the question that haunts our generation. Whether it’s about the fashion of the day, something to do with which political party you support, even down to where you live, what type of car you drive and all the rest of the nonsense. It’s even been true of Stone within our lifetimes: are you a “top ender” or a “bottom ender”? We are all required to “fit in” with the people around us – and woe betides you, if you don’t!

What do you think Jesus might say to all these things? Today’s gospel should make us think hard. When the Disciples found somebody taking Jesus’s name, their immediate reaction was to say that he shouldn’t do so – he wasn’t “one of us”. No doubt they thought that the Lord would pat them on the head and say “Well done.” But if that was so, they were in for a bit of a shock! Jesus told them that the reverse was true in God’s Kingdom. Anybody working in Jesus’s name was welcome and should be commended

We have lived for years with the silly notion that we know the whole truth of Christian faith and that everybody else is, by definition, wrong. There’s an awful story about an early 20th Century Bishop of London being asked to address a gathering of thousands of children across London in a Baptist Sunday school: the answer was no, because it would be to countenance a division in Christ’s Church. How terribly sad

The Apostle Paul sked the Philippians to “make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in the Spirit.” We live in a world that loves division – but the love of our Father in heaven sends us down a very different road

 

Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

            565                              304

            124                              246

                        106                              372

334/452                       506/308

425                              541

 

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

 

For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends:

John Simkin, Katheryn Coull.

 

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 28th 11.45am – 1pm DROP INN CAFÉ St Michael’s Hall

Wednesday 29th 7.30pm STONE PCC meeting - Church

Thursday 30th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

ST. MICHAEL & ST. WULFAD'S HERITAGE DAY - 2nd October from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. We are again holding the above event in aid of much needed church funds. Volunteers are needed to welcome visitors, show them around or help with refreshments. We would also welcome cakes, jams etc for a stall and also cakes for the refreshments. If you are able to help with any of these please sign the list at the back of church. Thanks.

 

HARVEST GIFTS FOR THE FOOD BANKplease can we offer Tinned Meat, UHT Milk, Small Jars of Coffee, Jam, Jars of Sauce, Potatoes, Custard, Rice Pudding, Fruit, Biscuits at our Harvest services?

 

HARVEST SUPPER Aston Village Hall on October 2nd.  This will be a “bring and share” event – list to sign at the back of church.  The Speaker will be the Rev’d Jim Cartlidge

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