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2nd January 2022

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 30 December 2021

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


If you look at this Sunday’s readings, you might be forgiven for being a little confused. This Sunday is actually the 9th day of Christmas, Ladies dancing and all. However, the lectionary readings published overleaf are for Epiphany

I’m old and grumpy enough to be slightly annoyed: strictly, when Christmas Day falls on a Saturday, the Sunday is not Boxing Day, but is the first Sunday of Christmas. That then pushes St Stephen until Monday 27th, St John Evangelist to Tuesday 28th, and Holy Innocents on to Wednesday 29th – poor old Thomas a Becket (29th) , being a less major Saint, then gets eclipsed altogether. The following Sunday is Christmas 2 – and then Epiphany falls on Thursday 6th as usual. Not according to our sheets, where they give us a pre-emptive strike at Epiphany!

In fairness, it’s not the Church of England’s fault. These days the lectionary is compiled between many of our different Christian denominations, thus the mix up with our readings. As the sheets had not arrived by the time we compiled the December-January magazine, the confusion arises. I think I am allowed my own version of UDI, though and we shall celebrate Epiphany on Thursday at 10.30am!

So this Sunday we are reminded it’s both Christmas – and a celebration of those Magi from long ago. Once again we are also reminded that our Lord was and is a threat to Society. Just as the wicked powers that were sought to get rid of Christ just as he was born, so Jesus demands of us an allegiance that seeks to do nothing less than overturn society. He may not be a King in the way that Powers and dominions understand to this day – but he asks us to embrace a wealth that has little to do with gold and silver – such trifles he asks us to give away. His Kingdom seeks to bring us back to God – and we are the ambassadors of a very different way to live


Happy New Year


Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

            2                                  21

            Ps 149                         17

                        18                                16

5                                  15/11

4                                  4

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, Elsie Woodcock, Lindsey Knowles, Carl Hartley, Mike Thompson, Helen Tallent


For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends:

Betty Pickering, William David Sparey, Steven David Glover

Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Tuesday 4th NO DROP INN CAFE until 2022

Thursday 6th EPIPHANY10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W



From now, Face masks in places of worship are now compulsory once again, complying with the Government’s order.


MANY, MANY THANKSto everyone who greeted us with cards and gifts this Christmas; People have been very generous and it is deeply appreciated