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27th February 2022

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 24 February 2022

                                                                            The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


LADIES GROUP. Wednesday 20th April Afternoon Tea at the Vintage tea Emporium in Uttoxeter. Please reserve the date and give your name to Steph ASAP


ASH WEDNESDAY:– one of the greater Holy days of the Christian year. We hold our service of new beginnings at St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone at 7.30pm. We hope that many people from both our parishes will be able to come and join us there

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

82                                82

            175                              175

                        106                              106

96/53                           96/53

242                              Sheet


Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Elsie Richardson, Vera Tomkinson, Gary Kelsall, John Richardson, Peter Bowler, Catherine Ritchie, Miles Brain, John & Ann Shuttleworth, Margaret Wright, Molly Wright, Norman Latham, Gillian Wright, John Hargreaves, June Stringer, Pam Miles, Jean Gulliver, Margaret Tomlinson, Dave McGlynn, Sue Kenchington, Carl Hartley, Mike Thompson, Helen Tallent, John Ecclestone,


For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends:

Monika Delonge, Irene Walker, Toby English, Caroline Davies, Alan Wilson

Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Tuesday 1st March 11.45am- 1pm DROP INN CAFE St Michael’s Hall

Wednesday 2nd ASH WEDNESDAY

7.30pm Blessing and imposition of ashes with Holy Communion – St M&W

Thursday 3rd 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

Friday 4th 2pm World Day of Prayer service – see below


LATEST COVID GUIDANCEChurches still await guidance from Government but it is likely that all pews will be available very soon


ORGAN FUND:The Organ fun is now up to nearly £16,000 – huge thanks to all those who invest in the future of St M&W. Let’s keep the good work going


WORLD DAY OF PRAYER  Service to be held March 4th at 2pm, the Church at the Crossing (Station approach - former Youth centre)


CHRISTIAN AID WALKSponsored walk around Tittesworth reservoir on April 2nd. Mary Babb and Dennis Abbott are undertaking this. Please sponsor them if you can


Another song for you – this time Doris Day – “When I was just a little girl, I asked my mother “what will I be?”  Que sera, sera of course – whatever will be, will be! But what did you want to do with your life when you were little? Did you imagine things being the way that they are? And did you fulfil your dreams?

I have to admit I never imagined being a Priest, Rector of Stone and associated with Lichfield Cathedral! I was the quiet and shy one of two brothers and the idea that I would end up standing up in public would have terrified me

Naturally, we are probably asking the wrong question. The correct one would be – what was I meant to be? What should I be in God’s eyes – and have I fulfilled the purpose for which I was created.

In this week’s gospel we are confronted with the vision of Jesus as he really is – at the transfiguration. We gain a brief glance to the person that he is, as God sees him. Instead of a peripatetic rabbi in first century Israel, we see him as the Lord of Life – something we shall only really see at the end of our own lives.

So how does God see us? What could we be in his hands? I had a friend whose own life and potential as a Priest helped me to discover my own calling. Sadly he never fulfilled it. God allows us to make our own mistakes – and for all of us, always has a plan B when we get it wrong.