Abbey United Reformed Church, Romsey

Prayer for March 2020

There is an account of the special friendship of the Russian cellist Rostropovich to the composer Shostakovich.  The cellist rang up late one night to plead “Slava, Slava.  Immediately you have to come and see me. Immediately, I need you to come.”

Rostropovich recounts how he thought maybe he wants to speak about some concert coming up.  So I went to him and he said “Slava, sit down.” and after a while “Slava, let's just be quiet”  ‘and we sat there not looking at one another.  It was like an eternity.  Can you imagine it, not speaking for over a quarter of an hour?  Then he got up and said “Thank you, thank you Slava, for coming to see me” and I returned home.

Eventually this sort of meeting came up more frequently and Rostropovich became more used to it, but I wonder whether this is the sort of experience we need to find space in our busy lives for - quiet reflective times of prayer.

I must admit I have not found it easier in later life to keep regular structure for any pastime, appointments, mealtimes, or taking pills.  But there is a truth in this account, that forming a pattern of time to think slowly for assessment and prayer would be of benefit to a muddled head.  

John Pritchard in his book on prayer suggests finding space with the route   'Thank you, Sorry and Please' - and talk to yourself about how you feel.

The Magazine editor needed the Prayer for March, and below is my prayer expressing how I feel: -

Dear God, 

Whilst my mind is occupied worrying, thank you Lord for others offering answers to my concerns.  THANK YOU for them and bless them, SORRY for thinking I was on my own, PLEASE help me to support those who need help in other ways.

Geoff Prestage


  • 24 May 2020 - Sunday Worship

    Click on Sunday Worship

    You are invited to join the Zoom service at 10.35am by clicking on the link below.

    (Meeting ID 896 5463 0109, password Heisalive)


    You can read our weekly newsletter by clicking on newsletter


    You may find this list of opportunities to access services/Christian content on radio/TV and on-line helpful:
     the Daily Service at 9.45 on Radio 4 long-wave
     The Sunday Service on Radio 4 at 8.10am
     Songs of Praise Sunday 1.15pm ish on BBC1
     Choral Evensong Sunday Radio 3 at 3pm and repeated on Wednesday Radio 3 at 3.30pm
     Tim Daykin Radio Solent Sunday 6-9am for worship songs, interesting information and a feeling of connectedness




Latest Articles

  • Newsletter
    News for week ending 23 May 2020 Join us each week via Zoom for: Kettle’s…
  • A Rocha lockdown ideas
    Thank you for supporting the Easter Egg raffle. We had 21 eggs and raised £65.…
  • Used postage stamps
    At this current time, we are communicating much more than usual - please remember to…
    Our journey through lent, holy week and on to Easter was slightly different this year.  However,…
  • Prayer for May 2020
    I am writing this during Holy Week so that it is ready in time for…

Login Form

If you would like a Login to allow you to add articles yourself please contact Carole Cox.