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7th March 2021


By Alison Hudson - Posted on 03 March 2021

St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone

and St Saviour Church, Aston

7 March 2021

 

 

Third Sunday of Lent

 

Sunday Worship in our churches area brief service of Holy Communion at 8am and 10.45am St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone

and 9.15am at St Saviour, Aston

There will not be a Thursday morning service for the time being.

 

Health and safety advice will be rigorously adhered to. If you come into church, please maintain a social distance from others, log in to “track and trace”, use hand sanitiser and wear a face covering, as well as avoiding conversation or gatherings inside the building.

 

Please do not feel under any pressure to attend church before you are ready to! Our prayers are with you all, and the ministry team will continue to film an act of worship for you to follow each week on our website, church Facebook pages and on Ian Cardinal’s channel of YouTube.  Ian Cardinal

 

Notices

Word Day of Prayer on Zoom – Friday 6 March 2pm

Online joining details: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89236766193?pwd=dHNIbUd1OEd6czdERFc0YVRqQkxZZz09

Meeting ID: 892 3676 6193, Passcode: 008380

 

Or to join our service by telephone

  • Phone this number 0131 460 1196or  0203 481 5237
  • enter the meeting ID on your telephone keypad 892 3676 6193
  • enter the password 008380

 

If possible, please have a small stone with you.

 

Virtual Sunday School

Our young children 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.

 

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!  

 

Stone with Aston Sunday afternoon prayers

This time of prayer 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. This week we will use a Lent Prayer Sheet.

 

To join us:

  • Phone this number 0131 460 1196or 0203 481 5237
  • enter the meeting ID on your telephone keypad 897 6759 5340
  • you will be asked for a participant number - just enter #
  • enter the password which is 928354

or join online via ‘Zoom’

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89767595340?pwd=aWt0VjRQUlpGeHkvMHVLbHdla3dZdz09

 

Lent Course

For our Lent Course this year we will be following ‘A Way Through the Wilderness’ by Paula Gooder. This is run this over Zoom on Wednesday evenings at 7pm and we provide a weekly handout for you to follow. The course uses readings from Isaiah 40 to explore different aspects of the comfort God seeks to offer us when we need it most! Please do feel free to join us, even if you have missed the first 2 weeks.

 

To join:

  • Phone this number  0131 460 1196or 0203 481 5237
  • enter the meeting ID on your telephone keypad 861 0620 0794
  • you will be asked for a participant number - just enter #
  • enter the password which is 476093

 

or join online via ‘Zoom’

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86106200794?pwd=dnB6ZHFhckZKWHVkQTQ5V203OGlNQT09

 

Easter Lilies

If you would like to purchase a lily for £2.50 to be displayed in Church over Easter in memory of a loved one, please contact one of the Church Wardens, or Christine Burton at St Saviours.

 

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 March

Exodus 20: 1-17       1 Corinthians 1: 18-25        John 2: 13-22

 

Eternal God,

give us insight to discern your will for us,

to give up what harms us,

and to seek the perfection we are promised

in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 

Reflection

Today’s Gospel passage is a perplexing one. The picture painted of Jesus running riot in the temple, whip making, driving out the money changers and overturning tables is a far cry from the ‘meek and mild’ character we have mostly come to associate him with. It reminds us that Jesus was a revolutionary, a man whose message was counter cultural and whose claims to be the Son of God were seen as blasphemy to many.

 

When Jesus visits the temple, he is clearly filled with rage at what he sees. The house of God has been turned into ‘a market place’. The focus of those who were there was not the worship of God but the transaction of money deals and doing trade. No doubt his actions on that day would have given his opponents yet more ammunition to fire against him as they sought to build their case to be rid of him.

 

During Lent, we turn our attention to the cleansing of ourselves, body, mind and spirit. The human body is often referred to as the temple of the holy spirit, reminding us that if invited in, Jesus lives within us and is integrally joined with us. The sharing of the peace during the Mass is a sharing of the peace of Christ that lives within each one of us.

 

During Lent as we seek to grow in faith and prepare ourselves to walk to the cross with Jesus, sharing in his passion, we fast, denying our bodies of food as a way of sharpening our awareness of Christ.  Sometimes, to effect the changes needed to our lives we need to act radically and throw out the things that are causing a barrier between ourselves and God. In an old fashioned phrase we need to ‘purge ourselves’. The dictionary definition of ‘purge’ is to ‘be rid of whatever is impure or undesirable; to cleanse; to purify; to rid, to clear, or to free’.

 

May we be as bold as Jesus was in purging the temple as we seek to purge ourselves this Lent and look forward to the joy and release of the Easter resurrection.

                                                                                               John Cotterill

 

Prayers of Intercession

We pray to the Lord for courage to give up other things and to give ourselves to him this Lent. To be bold as we purge ourselves of sin and look forward to the joy and release of the Easter resurrection.

God of our salvation, we trust in your promises.

 

 

 

Lord, you came to your Temple with zeal and indignation.

Come to your Church and drive from it all false piety and misguided priorities, give us wisdom and vision for this present age.

May our words, thoughts and deeds be acceptable in your sight.

God of our salvation, we trust in your promises.

 

Lord, you came to places of power and some were affronted at your audacity.

Open the hearts of all in leadership to the challenge of your Kingdom values, bringing integrity and compassion to their decision making.

Revive us in your justice.

God of our salvation, we trust in your promises.

 

Lord, you came to traders with a vision that extended beyond profit.

Keep us mindful of the conditions of production and social effects of what we consume, that we might live more ethically and contribute to the well-being of those who live in poverty.

Balance all our trading with your fairness and equity.

God of our salvation, we trust in your promises.

 

Lord, you came to our lives with compassion and judgement.

In our frailty give us time to reflect on what is amiss and in repentance to seek your restoring grace. Bring healing to those who call on your Name and create in us a fitting dwelling-place for your glory.

God of our salvation, we trust in your promises.

 

Lord, you came with the promise of your resurrection.

Give comfort and hope to all who mourn and bring us to new life with you.

God of our salvation, we trust in your promises.

 

We commend ourselves and all for whom we pray to the mercy and protection of our heavenly Father, in the Name of Christ. 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, Jim Hammersley, Duncan Leak, Christopher Davis, Margaret Tomlinson, Berwyn Babb, Carl Hartley, Karen Hartley, Alison Holmes, Pam Miles

 

For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends:

Brian Bill, Neil Jenkins, Jayne Walker, Ken Bickerton, Kizzy Smith, Michelle Redfern

 

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

Ethel Ball 1972, Paul Harrison 1988, Louis (Bill) Holiman 1991, Hilda Purslow 1995, Gladys Street 1996, Horace Street 1996, Nellie Lamsdale 1976, Harry Roden 1995, John Shaw 1995, Gina Switzur 1998, Florence Holiday 1985, John Daly 2009, Stan Gerrard 2010, Arthur (Bud) Barnett 2016, Bridget Donaldson 2013

 

and from St Saviour’s:

Marion Bright 1987, Edith Woodman 1987, Fred Oakes 1988, Harold Biddulph 1990, Charlotte Borthwick 1991, Dorothy Clay 1991, Lilian Large 1992, Mary Smith 1994, Richard Phillips 1994, Clifford Plant 1995, Kate Cartwright 1995, Valerie Munro 1995, Pery Bate 1996, Mary Pointon 1997, Eunice Lloyd 1999, Ronald Adkins 2002, Joan Adkins 2002, Eunice Buckley 2002, Christopher Northfield 2003, Ethelinda Watson 2004, William Heeley 2004, Rita Lockley 2007, Mary Chell 2010, Guy Waldron 2011, Audrey (Brindy) Allen 2014, Barrie Farnham 2015, Audrey Langley 2016, Dorothy Barratt 2016, Jean Ball 2020, Edward (Ted) Anderson 2020

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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