Abbey United Reformed Church, Romsey

Prayer for February 2018

A PRAYER FOR FEBRUARY

In the early stages of 2018, we bring you Lord our praise and thanks for all your care and guidance throughout 2017.  We pray that we may always be conscious of your presence with us as this year continues to unfold.  We pray that it will be a year when, as a church fellowship and as individuals, we may be drawn closer in our relationship with you and accomplish all that you have for us as we go forward, strong in the strength which you supply through your eternal Son, Amen.

Daphne Purver

Prayer for December 2017

As I am sitting down in front of my computer to write this prayer we have just had out first two frosts, harbingers of colder weather to come.  The days are getting shorter and we can expect slippery roads and pavements but it is not all bad news.  We can also expect large flocks of Brent Geese coming to our shores from Greenland and Scandinavia accompanied by flocks of waders coming from colder climes to over-winter here.  Also we can expect flocks of Fieldfare and Bramblings further inland.  Wonderful sights.  Without winter we would not see these visitors. Also, without winter our appreciation of spring would be so much less. So let us praise and thank the Lord for his marvellous creation. And now our prayer.

Creator God we thank you for this world on which we live, we thank you for the seasons which we can enjoy for what they bring us.  Help us enjoy each season for the sights and joy that it brings.

But Lord we want to bring before you those for whom winter is a time of trial with its cutting winds and treacherous roads and pavements.  We want to pray for those who will be cold because they cannot afford to use heating, for those without sufficient food and those who are living rough. 

Great God be with them and show us how we can help them.

This is a time when we can look forward to Christmas and the birth of Jesus - born in a stable and shortly afterwards fleeing from Herod as a refugee.  Lord we know there are so many refugees stuck in the countries of Europe now that borders have been closed.  For them Christmas Day will be just another day of starvation and illness. 

Great God be with them and show us how we can help them.

We lift into your presence all those who are lonely.  Lord we would be delighted to befriend them. Guide them to us. 

Great God be with them and show us how we can help them.

May we see the face of Christ in all we meet and may they see Christ in our faces and in our actions.      Amen.

                                                                                    Derek Hiscocks

Prayer for November 2017

Great God we thank you for the seasons.  We were grateful to see the new fresh green leaves in Spring and then the magnificence of fully clothed trees in Summer – but that is now past.  As we approach Winter you lift our hearts and our spirits with the beautiful display of the colours of our Autumn trees.  They take our breath away with the yellows and gold, the pinks and reds, the russets and browns. Each year you give us cause for awe and wonder as we ponder your creation.

We feel so happy to be a part of your creation and we recall that you made us in your image with all the other peoples on Earth.  You made us all with the capacity to love – to love you with all our heart, mind, soul and strength and to love each other – enemies as well as friends.

In that sense of love, we ask your blessings on those for whom Autumn is a time of ferocious winds and deluge of rain – for the people in the Caribbean, for those in Bangladesh, for those in Ireland and Scotland.  They are endeavouring to recover from hurricanes and storms.  May they have courage and strength, food and water and the finance they need to rebuild.

We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Derek Hiscocks

Prayer for October 2017

Living God, we give thanks for the fruits of the earth to sustain us for daily living and for all that nourishes us in body, mind and spirit.

We give thanks for all that stimulates our minds.

We appreciate good books and for all that can inspire us through Radio and Television.

We give thanks for those called to leadership in the Church, May they heighten our awareness of your Spirit in our daily lives.

In to-day's world there is a great need for your Spirit of love, peace and hope to reign.  Grant your strength to all who work in situations of need.  Use them to bring healing of body, mind and spirit. In their ministry we recognise your Presence. May it renew our belief that nothing in life or death need ever separate us from your love. In the spirit of Jesus Christ we pray.  

Amen

Alan Green

Prayer for September 2017

Do you ever find your thoughts wandering, maybe when having a quiet prayer in the privacy of your home, during the time of worship when listening to a sermon, or praying together with others? However sincere our intentions, this happens.

Let us take comfort from God’s promises in Scripture that the Spirit helps us in our weakness and intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words (Romans 8.26).

As we return after the summer months to our autumn activities, let us pray that we may be open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, remembering what God has done in the past, but also being open to new ideas and new ways of working together.

We pray with the words of Thomas A Kempis (1380-1471).

“Merciful Lord, enlighten me with a clear shining inward light and remove all darkness from my heart. Repress my many wandering thoughts”

Amen

Leena Knowles

 

Prayer for July & August 2017

Avril Bamber's service in June used colours as visual aids for our worship. In our service Avril had words of prayer for rainbow colours but also referred to BLACK, illustrated in many newspapers by the burnt-out shell of the high-rise flats in Kensington. RED can also be a reminder of good and bad; the enveloping flames or the fire engines. Some of us were given a prayer card with coloured ribbons. 

LORD - teach us to pray without words as we reflect the colours that surround us: 

RED - for the love of God all around. 

BLUE – for God's over-arching presence reflected in clear skies and calm seas 

GREEN – the trees and plants of creation that sing God's goodness to us 

GOLDEN YELLOW – in sunshine, in flowers, in precious gifts given in love. 

But also, Lord, we pray for those who have lost family and friends, for those with bleak memories that will not go away. 

RED engines – of the fire brigade 

BLUE uniforms – of the police 

GREEN AND YELLOW – for the gifts of food, clothing, hugs and sympathy that have been offered. 

For guidance and blessing we ask this in the name of Christ our Lord. 

Amen

Geoff Prestage

Prayer for June 2017

As June sees the birthday of the church with our celebration of Pentecost, I offer this prayer based on the hymn by Edwin Hatch. 

Breathe on me breath of God 

May the gift of the Holy Spirit renew me during this season of Pentecost 

Fill me with life anew 

Strengthened and empowered to live the life of the Gospel 

That I may love what thou dost love 

Treating all your world with love and respect 

and do what thou wouldst do 

spreading your word in your world, that all may receive the gift of your Holy Spirit. 

Amen 

                                        Angela Bevan

Prayer for May 2017

As I write this prayer I am aware that things in the United Kingdom and in Europe will never be quite the same again.  It is the 29th of March 2017 and Theresa May’s letter has triggered Article 50.  It makes no difference whether we voted ‘leave’ or ‘remain’, we had a referendum and the majority decision was that we should leave the EU.  As a Nation, we are entering a time of considerable uncertainty.  So I turned to Matthew’s Gospel Chapter 6, verses 25 to 34 for help.  I quote: 

`This is why I tell you not to be anxious about food and drink to keep you alive and about clothes to cover your body.  Surely life is more than food, the body more than clothes.  Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow and reap and store in barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not worth more than the birds?  Can anxious thought add a single day to your life? 

And why be anxious about clothes?  Consider how the lilies grow in the fields; they do not work, they do not spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his splendour was not attired like one of them.  If that is how God clothes the grass in the fields, which is theretoday and tomorrow is thrown on the stove, will he not all the more clothe you?  How little faith you have!

Do not ask anxiously, ``What are we to eat?  What are we to drink?  What shall we wear?''  These are the things that occupy the minds of the heathen, but your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.  Set your mind on God's kingdom and his justice before everything else, and all the rest will come to you as well.

So do not be anxious about tomorrow; tomorrow will look after itself.  Each day has troubles enough of its own”.

Heavenly Father, we thank you for the wisdom found in the Bible.  May we learn to trust you in everything that we do; so that we are able to concentrate on living in accordance with your will instead of worrying about things over which we have no control.  We ask your guidance for all involved in the Brexit negotiations in order that the outcome may be just and equitable for all the countries involved.  May your Spirit guide and inspire us in all we do so that we may truly say, “your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven”.

For we ask all this in the name of Jesus, Amen

Dick Duley

Prayer for April 2017

In the Lord’s Prayer we pray “give us today our daily bread”.  This doesn’t just mean bread, or even just food, but everything that is needful for the day.  God is our source of provision, without which we would not survive.  Jesus encourages us to pray daily, not only for our physical needs, but for everything we need – comfort, healing, courage, wisdom.  Prayer connects us to the God of all supply.  Through prayer we have access to Him at any moment.  He knows what we need before we ask.  “The Lord is near to all who call on Him” Psalm 145 verse 18, so as Lent continues and Easter approaches may we draw near to Him daily in prayer, and praise Him for all that He gives us and that He is to each one of us, and especially for his death and resurrection.

“He died that we might be forgiven,
He died to make us good,
That we might go at last to Heaven,
Saved by His precious blood.”

Prayer for March 2017

A LENTEN PRAYER

Living God, whose touchstone is the desert and the cross, draw near with your ancient strength which we experience but do not understand, know but never see.

Accompany us through the weeks of Lent we pray, that we might face the demons and nightmares, temptations and fears that assail us so that, journeying with Jesus in the desert places, we may by your mercy renew our commitment to the life of Christ and our vocation to the way of the cross.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Notices

  • This Sunday

    Sunday 18 February 2018 -  First Sunday in Lent

    10.30 am Family Worship – led by Derek Hiscocks

    6.30 pm     Communion Service in Abbey Hall Lounge led by the Minister

    Next Sunday

    Sunday 25 February 2018 -  Second Sunday in Lent

    10.30 am       Family Worship – led by the Minister

    6.30 pm         Evening Worship in Abbey Hall Lounge led by the Minister 

    Forthcoming Events

    Monday 19 February

    10.30 am MOT in Abbey Hall Lounge

    Tuesday 20 February

    9.30am          Prayer Meeting in Abbey Hall Lounge. Readings to be used Psalm 25: 1 – 7 and Mark 1: 9 - 11

    Wednesday 21 February

    2.00 – 4.00 pm Table Tennis with RomDAG in Abbey Hall

    2.30 – 3.30 pm Ecumenical Lent Discussion Group in Abbey Hall Lounge

    Friday 23 February

    12.00 noon Lent Souper Soup in the Abbey Rooms,

    hosted by St Joseph’s, proceeds to Christian Aid

    7.30 pm         Badminton in Abbey Hall

    Saturday 24 February 

    10.30 – 12.00 noon Easter Choir Practice in Abbey Hall Lounge

    Thursday 1 March

    2.00 – 4.00 pm Joint Social Afternoon with St Joseph’ in Abbey Hall

    Friday 2 March – Women’ World Day of Prayer

    1.30 pm St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Romsey

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