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29th November 2020

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 27 November 2020

St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone

and St Saviour Church, Aston

Sunday 29 November 2020



Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness

and to put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life,

in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;

that on the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty

to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal;

through him who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

Church open for private prayer only during lockdown

Our churches will 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

But from December 3rd, services will resume!

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



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 29 November

Isaiah 64: 1-9             1 Corinthians 1: 3-9                Mark 13: 24-37


Advent Sunday

Advent and thus the Church year begins with the cry, “O”, as we hear an impatient Isaiah wanting God to go on something of a rampage. “O that you would rend the heavens and come down”. Advent invites us to express our yearning for something to happen that is beyond our power to do anything about, except to desire it. This is not the “Oh” of surprise, but the passionate, vocative “O” of address, of imploring God to come among us and change things. It is a prayer of penitence and of hope, and our “O” is predicated on active remembering because, like Isaiah, we can remember that God forgives sin and meets those who gladly do right.

We make this cry for God to come among us, not because we are longing for deliverance from this world, but for God’s glory to be revealed in this world, in the time of this mortal life. There is a ‘now’ and ‘not yet’ dimension to the prayer that God’s Kingdom will come on earth as it is in heaven, the basic ache for God to act transcends the years, and is as potent today in our world of injustice, oppression, and suffering as it was when the exiles prayed centuries ago. It would be a good Advent discipline to pray with the daily news for God’s Kingdom to come in the suffering places of earth.

All three readings set for today presuppose that we have to wait faithfully for the answer to this cry that God will rend the heavens and come  among us in power and glory, and Paul assured his readers that God will strengthen them to the end. Jesus dispels any idea that we can twiddle our thumbs while we wait, and so the prayer in the Collect elaborates the readings. “Give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and to put on the armour of light.” God rends, God strengthens, we cast away and we put on. These are not delicate actions, but decisive and determined.

Advent is a time for active and energetic waiting.

But if “O” is the cry of Advent, “Yet” is the basis of that cry. “Yet you are our father“ pleads Isaiah. If we dare to address our plea to God then we begin to know who we are; yes we are clay in the hands of a potter, but this potter is our father. There is unbridled power, and there is passionate love. There are echoes of this mystery in Mr and Mrs Beaver’s description of Aslan in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.

If there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most or else just silly. “Then he isn’t safe” said Lucy. “Safe?” said Mr Beaver, “Who said anything about safe?  Course he isn’t safe, but he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.” (Lewis 1950)

The cry of Advent for God to come among us is both wildly risky and gloriously secure because the God to whom we pray is a good and faithful God, who has called us into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Our Advent longing will be fulfilled in the stories we will hear and inhabit during the coming year, in the incarnation when God tears open the heavens and comes among us, when Jesus is baptised, and again at the transfiguration. Then, at the moment of Jesus’s death, in the earthquake comes the tearing of the veil in the Temple which separated humans from God’s holy presence, from top to bottom. God cannot wait to come among us, and in Jesus Christ, bursts in on the scene.

 Gate-crashing God, who took our flesh,

and heaven’s hope to earth unfurled,

Your kingdom come! Oh raise our sights

until your ways transform our world.


Astounding God, once tortured, killed,

you broke the power of lies and fear,

Your kingdom come! Let justice roll

on earth as heaven O God draw near!       


Rosalind Brown                                               Lin Davies

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 & Baby Rory, Shane Smith


For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends:

Stuart Russell, Philip Harrison, Malcolm Goodwin Jones


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