Abbey United Reformed Church, Romsey



Prayer for June 2019

As I sit in our study to write this prayer, I am struck by all the things we need to be thankful for, day by day, but many of them become commonplace and maybe we need to stop and pause to reflect and to offer up a word of thanks to our God.It is evening and I am looking out on ours and neighbours’ gardens that have bloomed beautifully as a result of the recent warm and sunny weather.  Now the spring flowers are fading and summer blooms are taking their place.It seems an appropriate time to recall a poem-prayer by Ralph Waldo Emerson:

For flowers that bloom about our feet;
For tender grass, so fresh and sweet;
For song of bird and hum of bee;
For all things fair we hear or see
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!
For blue of stream, for blue of sky;
For pleasant shade of branches high;
For fragrant air and cooling breeze;
For beauty of the blowing breeze –
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!
For mother-love, for father-care;
For brothers strong and sisters fair;
For love at home and school each day;
For guidance lest we go astray –
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!
For Thy dear everlasting arms,
That bear us o’er all ills and harms;
For blessed words of long ago,
That help us now Thy will to know –
Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

And remember those children especially whose experience is very different to this sketch by Emerson.  Amen

Derek Hiscocks

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Notices

  • This Sunday 

    Sunday 12 January

    10.30 Family Service led by the Minister

    Donations received for Romsey Food Bank - items requested include sponge puddings, long life fruit juice, toilet rolls, nappies size 2 & 3

    Forthcoming events

    Monday 13 January

    10.30 am   BALM in Abbey Hall Lounge

    Tuesday  14 January

    10.00 am Planning meeting in the church for Romsey Festival Exhibition and related activites – open to all who would like to help with this event. 

    10.15 am   Grand Fun in Abbey Hall Lounge

    Wednesday 15 January

    2.00–4.00 pm Kettle’s On-Time for Tea in Abbey Hall Lounge 

    Thursday 16 January

    10.30 am Prayer Meeting in Abbey Hall Lounge

    2.30 pm     Funeral Service for Ruth Liggett at Test Valley Crematorium, led by Revd Alan Green 

    3.15 pm     service of Thanksgiving for the life of Ruth Ligget led by Revd Alan Green and Revd Mike Perrott

    Friday 17 January

    7.30 pm Badminton in Abbey Hall

    Final date for submission of articles for February Magazine

    Wednesday 22 January

    7.30 pm    Churches Together in Romsey Annual General Meeting, including Dementia Awareness Training Session led by Ian Bradford of RomDAG – all welcome

    Sunday 26 January

    10.30 am   Family service led by the Minister

    followed by Church Meeting

    6.30 pm     United Service for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in Romsey Abbey 

    Saturday 8 February

    6.30 pm     Burns Night Supper – 

    tickets available from Sarah Beaman

    Sunday 9 February

    10.30 am   Community Awareness Service 

    Next Sunday

    Sunday 19 January

    10.30 am   Family Service led by Marion Carter

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

     

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