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7th February 2021


By Alison Hudson - Posted on 03 February 2021

St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone

and St Saviour Church, Aston

7 February 2021

 

2nd Sunday before Lent

 

Our regular services remain cancelled for the next two weeks …

St Michael’s Church will remain closed, including for private prayer.

 

At Aston, the St Saviour’s will be open for one hour for those who wish to come for an act of private prayer between 9.15am and 10.15am on a Sunday.

 

Our worship in our churches will resume on Wednesday 17 February, Ash Wednesday, followed by Sunday morning services, to be kept under regular review. Further details are contained within this week’s reflection.

 

If you come into church, please can you keep your distance with everyone, log in to “track and trace”, use the hand sanitiser and avoid conversations inside the building.

 

And in the meantime our prayers are with you all and the team continue to record an act of worship for you to follow each week on www.stmichaelschurchstone.co.uk, our Facebook pages and on theIan Cardinal Channel of YouTube.                                                               Ian Cardinal

 

Notices

Stone with Aston Sunday afternoon prayers

This time of prayer online continues each week. It is a short service (approximately 20 minutes) that we are able to share in together at 4pm each Sundayvia phone or internet. To join us:

  • 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

or join online via ‘Zoom’.

 

This week and next we will continue using the Epiphany Prayer Sheet.

 

Virtual Sunday School

Our young children will continue to meet via Zoom each Sunday afternoon at 5pm, hosted by Jill Bramham.

Please do hold our children, Jill and this valuable

ministry in your prayers.

Praying the Rosary

Fr John is wondering whether anyone would like to join him in praying the Holy Rosary on a Wednesday evening. You would need access to Zoom and it would be at 6pm and last for approximately half an hour. If there is enough interest it will start on 10th February.

Anyone interested should contact Fr John either by email fr.johncotterill@yahoo.co.ukor by phone 07734 815838.

Fr John is very happy to provide instruction to anyone unfamiliar with praying the Rosary.

 

Prayer for the Nation

Following the devastating milestone of 100,000 deaths from Covid-19, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have called for a time of prayer for the nation at 6pm each day during the month of February. They encourage us to remember before God those who have died and pray that God's love will surround all who mourn them, now and always.

 

Gracious God, as we remember before you

the thousands who have died,

surround us and all who mourn with your strong compassion.

Be gentle with us in our grief, protect us from despair,

and give us grace to persevere and face the future

with hope in Jesus Christ our risen Lord. Amen

 

A Church of England phone line for hymns, reflections and prayers

This is a free 24 hr recorded phone line. As well asmusic, prayers and reflections there is a Sunday service and daily Morning and Evening Prayer to listen along to. Archbishop Justin Welby gives a lovely introduction when you phone in and then there are options to listen to hymns, reflections, prayers or a daily service.

Regular giving

Would you consider making regular donations to the church via standing order from your bank?

If you are able to do this, please contact John Baddeley on 01785 815397, or email johnandpat@allaboutimage.net

for St Michaels, or Paul Gerrard on 01785 818363 or email pagerrard@btinternet.comfor St Saviour’s. Thank you!  

 

Contact details

Please do contact any of the 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

 

Readings and Collect for Sunday 7 February

Proverbs 8: 1, 22-31   Colossians 1: 15-20     John 1: 1-14

Almighty and ever-living God, clothed in majesty, whose Almighty God, you have created the heavens and the earth and made us in your own image: teach us to discern your hand in all your works and your likeness in all your children; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit reigns supreme over all things, now and for ever. Amen

 

Reflection

“The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light……”

No, I haven’t gone potty (though lockdown can weigh heavily on me, as well as anyone else); nor am I quoting a well-known “Christmas” passage, because this week’s gospel brings us back to St John’s wonderful prologue. No, I am mentioning this, because we are offering a little hope this week. Our teams of Wardens, Clergy and lay-ministers have pondered together and feel we can now start to offer something in the way of Worship in our churches!

Wednesday 17th February is a major Holy Day in the Christian year – Ash Wednesday of course and we feel it would be the appropriate day to begin to think of new things. Because of this, we shall offer two services of Holy Communion, one at each Church (details to follow.) Sadly, it is still not possible to do things as we used to – none of our congregations coming together for a joint service – and we feel we shall need to try and abbreviate our worship to a half hour slot, in order to comply with things being brief, as per government guidelines. Nevertheless, we shall be THERE – and that is a huge step forwards.

From then onwards we shall offer Sunday worship at the usual times – 8am, 9.15am and 10.45am – sadly, not Thursdays as yet. But these will be with the caveat that we will be trying as much as possible to keep us all safe – no standing chattering in our buildings, coming in and leaving as sensibly as possible – and generally trying to avoid contact. Despite the difficulties, the Clergy will try to touch the wafers as little as possible, and to use tongs. Do bear with us – it will not be easy!

You all know the times: good news about the rates of vaccination, bad news about the mutating virus, good news about Scottish children returning to their schools, bad news in that the rate of infection and deaths, though lowering are still far too high! We have to take maximum measures – and that will include no imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday, sadly.

But we SHALL provide a Lent course, albeit via Zoom (more details to come) – and we shall continue to provide online worship and our telephone/zoom service on Sundays. We will also provide a short Bible study each week to be put on the Facebook/YouTube/web pages. I cannot speak too highly of the great Team of people who are making all this possible! I hope very much that these efforts will be appreciated for the massive undertaking they represent. I promised we should be amongst the first to re-open – and indeed we are. We shall have to keep on reviewing how things go in our area, of course.

 

Christ Jesus came to offer people a fresh beginning. I hope and pray that people outside our normal congregations will make the most of all of this. The message in Christ is always – Hope in what God is doing in his Creation. God bless you all.                                           Ian Cardinal

 

Prayers of Intercession

Blessed are you, eternal God,

to be praised and glorified for ever.

Hear us as we pray for your holy catholic Church:

make us all one, that the world may believe.

Grant that every member of the Church

may truly and humbly serve you:

that the life of Christ may be revealed in us.

Strengthen all who minister in Christ's name:

give them courage to proclaim your Gospel.

Inspire and lead those who hold authority

in the nations of the world:

guide them in the ways of justice and peace.

Make us alive to the needs of our community:

help us to share each other's joys and burdens.

Look with kindness on our homes and families:

grant that your love may grow in our hearts.

Deepen our compassion for all who suffer from sickness,

grief or trouble:

in your presence may they find their strength.

We remember those who have died:

Father, into your hands we commend them.

We praise you for all your saints who have entered

your eternal glory:

bring us all to share in your heavenly kingdom. Amen

 

Those we include inourprayers 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, John Hargreaves, Val Morris, Alan Holmes, June Stringer, Jayne Walker, Jim Hammersley, Duncan Leak, Christopher Davis, Margaret Tomlinson, Berwyn Babb, Carl Hartley, Karen Hartley, Alison Holmes, Maddy

 

For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends:

Beryl Seville, Diane Hanman, Frank Herbert, Derek Cartledge, Valerie Fletcher, Doreen Freakley, Constance Haines, Rachel Eade, Joan Lilian Cooper (not from Aston!)

 

For those whose year’s mind falls in this month from St Michael’s:

Neil McDougall 1984, Robert Ball 1945, Dorothy Ball 1943, Florece Laugher 1987, Albert Purslow 1988, Marjorie Sandland 1993, Jean Robinson 1976, Harry Perkins 1976, John Newton 1976, Hilda Perkin 1997, Ida Watson 1985, Lucy Taylor 1998, Merla Buxton 1999, Francis Moss 2003, Alfred Hazelhurst 2003, Wendy Warrillow 2004, Violet Cadagan 2009, Bernard Rose 2011, Mathew Emery 2011, Michael Ravenscroft 2012, Laurie Broadhurst 2010, Andrew Lindsay 2014

 

and from St Saviour’s:

Frederick Mellor 1987, Mabel Ferneyhough 2013, Frank Mellor 1988, Constance Pearson 2013, Frank Pick 1991, Harry Townsend 2016, Evelyn Dunkey 1994, Veronica Cooper 2020, Nancy Betts 1994, Pauline Matthews 2020, Edith Northfield 1998, Cyril Tomkinson 2000, Sarah Bates 2001, David Livingstone MacKinnon 2003, Brigita Goode 2004, Pearl McFarlane 2004, Peter Clayton 2005, Margaret Emery 2009, Ronald Plant 2010, Millicent Faulkner 2011, Dorothy Shelton 2012, Anne Rodgers 2013

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

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