Abbey United Reformed Church, Romsey

Prayer for June 2021

Many of us have heard of the Taizé Community in Burgundy, France and Iona Community.   Another ‘new monastic’ community is that of the Northumbria Community.  Like Iona and Taizé, members of the Northumbria Community meet together several times every day for prayer - morning, midday and evening. 

Whereas in Taizé people meet in person (when possible), many members of the Iona and the Northumbria Communities join together where they are, at home or at work, for a time of prayer, at specific times, using set prayers from the Celtic traditions.  Members experience a great deal of mutual support and encouragement in knowing they are sharing, albeit at a distance, in the same prayers three times a day. 

What can we learn and take from this as members of our own church communities?  Here is the Wednesday compline (evening prayer) for you to use, especially when life is difficult. 

The words in bold are shared by everyone, the * indicates a change of voice.

        Calm me, O Lord, as You stilled the storm.
        Still me, O Lord, keep me from harm.
        Let all the tumult within me cease.
        Enfold me, Lord, in Your peace.

       * Father, bless the work that is done,
          and the work that is to be.
       * Father, bless the servant that I am,
          and the servant that I will be.

       Thou Lord and God of power,
       shield and sustain me this night.
       I will lie down this night with God,
       and God will lie down with me;
       I will lie down this night with Christ,
       and Christ will lie down with me;
       I will lie down this night with the Spirit,
       and the Spirit will lie down with me;
       God and Christ and the Spirit,
       be lying down with me.

       * The peace of God
           be over me to shelter me,
       * under me to uphold me,
       * about me to protect me,
       * behind me to direct me,
       * ever with me to save me.

The peace of all peace
be mine this night
in the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.


(Used with permission, taken from Wednesday Compline from Northumbria)

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  • 20 June 2021 

    10.45am Sunday Worship led by Andy Bevan, in church and on Zoom

    Click on Sunday Worship. (880 6118 0122.  Passcode Heiswithus). 

    The order of service is available here

    If you wish to join us in church, please contact Revd Mike by Saturday lunch-time.


    23 June 2021 2pm-3pm - Kettle's On - 

    Weekly social time on Wednesdays via Zoom  (click Kettle On to join, or meeting ID: 970 815 266, passcode: 079294)


    21 July 2021 7.30pm in church

    Annual General Meeting followed by Church Meeting  


    Upcoming concerts

    14 July 2021 at 7.30pm  a solo classical guitar recital by Nina Rideout. Tickets: £15 - including interval refreshments.

    For info

    15 July 2021 at 7.30pm  Hildegard to Hopkins. A glimpse at the poetry and plain chant of St Hildegard of Bingen and the poetry of St John Henry Newman and Fr Gerard Manley Hopkins.  A talk by Julien Chilcott (Monk), illustrated with music and musical settings.  Tickets free at the door, a plate will be available for donations.

    16 July 2021 at 7.30pm ‘Summer Classics’ with Paul Ingram as Conductor and Cat Lawlor as Leader. Join them for a magical night of live music including ‘Meditation from Thais’, Elgar - Chanson de Matin/Nuit, Bartok - Romanian Folk Dances, Barber - Adagio for Strings. Tickets from


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    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




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