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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  • This Sunday 

    Sunday 24 November

    10.30 am Family Worship led by the Minister followed by Church Meeting

    6.30 pm   Evening reflection in Abbey Hall Lounge, led by the Minister

    Forthcoming Events

    Tuesday 26 November

    10.15 am   Grand Fun in Abbey Hall Lounge

    Wednesday 27 November

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

    2.30–4.00 pm Table Tennis in Abbey Hall

    Thursday 28 November

    10.30 am Prayer Meeting in Abbey Hall Lounge

    Friday 29 November

    7.30 pm Badminton in Abbey Hall

    Saturday 30 November

    7.30 pm Victorian Christmas

    Friday 6 December

    5.30 pm Romsey Lantern Parade and Late Night Christmas Shopping

    10.30 am Sunday 8 December – Toy Service led by Revd Gwen Collins –only new toys can be accepted this year

    Last Posting Days for Christmas.

    Our church Post Box will be available for your cards on 1st and 8th December. 

    Next Sunday

    Sunday 1 December – First Sunday in Advent 

    10.30 am Family Worship led by the Minister

    6.30 pm     Advent Carol Service

    Christmas Services

    Sunday 22 December

    6.30 pm Candlelight Service

    Tuesday 24 December

    4.30 pm Christmas Eve children's service. Come and dress up as one (or more) characters as we retell the Christmas story.

    11.30 pm Midnight Communion all welcome

    Christmas Day

    10.30 am Family worship

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