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3rd October 2021

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 30 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.


            “Don’t worry!”  What an easy expression that is – and what a hard thing to do. Sometimes, as a Rural Dean I feel a bit like St Paul – “that which comes on me every day, the care of all the churches.”  Not seriously though – he had much more to be anxious about than I have

            But our Harvest readings remind us of that golden passage in the gospels concerning the Lilies of the field – why worry? asks Jesus. If God has a care for even these tiny things in life, does he not have more concern for us as human beings, his beloved children?

            That gets to the nub of things, of course. Jesus really isn’t asking us just to lay back and let God get on with things for us – that really isn’t a biblical message at all. Even in the earliest versions of Creation, Humans were put into Eden in order to tend Creation and work as gardeners. Instead, Jesus is asking us to re-order our priorities. Why should we spend endless time striving for things that don’t really matter in life? Instead let’s pursue that which is really much more important – our spiritual health. “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God” says Jesus – and all these things will be added unto you!

            So that takes us back to where we are right now. Our world is disordered – that’s a simple fact – Famine, natural disasters, Covid 19 – and frankly, our own selfishness have made the world that should be a garden of loveliness into a place where we scrap together for things that are ultimately worthless. I sometimes look at pictures like Van Gogh’s famous sunflowers – and reflect that ultimately it’s just canvas and oil paints. It’s our funny system of values that says it’s worth far more to us than a child’s life in Africa, etc.

            So harvest greets us – and makes us marvel at God’s wonderful provision. But it also challenges us in Christ Jesus to stop and ponder about sharing God’s gifts in a rather better way.


Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

            197                              101

            Ps8                              557

                        277                              354

368                              Ps 67/Sheet

380                              534


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, Mike Thompson


For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends:

Katheryn Coull, Fay Maskrey


Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Tuesday 5th 11.45am – 1pm DROP INN CAFÉ St Michael’s Hall

Wednesday 6th 7.30pm Licensing at Gnosall

Thursday 7th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W


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?


COACH TO REV’D ALISON’S INDUCTION -GNOSALL – October 6th.  Coach leaves from  Crown St at 6pm


LADIES GROUPFuture date December 10th 12.30pm Festive lunch at Trentham Shopping village – cost approx. £20 – Menu to follow. Put your name down now – speak to Steph


NO ZOOM SERVICEThis Sunday, October 3rd. The new Archdeacon is being installed in Stoke Minster at the same time