Abbey United Reformed Church, Romsey



Prayer for May 2022

On the 22 April it was Earth Day; it began in 1970 when industry belched out smoke and sludge, and the smell of pollution was accepted as the smell of prosperity.  Those of us who are reading this were 50 years younger back then and most of us are guilty of doing nothing at that time about the desecration of God’s planet by humankind.  Where could we be now, if only, we had taken notice then of those prompting us to take action.

We had warnings – Rachel Carson wrote her seminal book ‘Silent Spring’ in 1962 warning us of the problems we were causing by the use of pesticides and herbicides.  We know now, and knew then, that DDT almost caused the extinction of Peregrines from the UK.  These magnificent birds were failing to judge when to pull out of their stoops – they hit the ground and killed themselves because their nervous systems had been damaged by the pesticide. 

In April 2022 our Government has re-licensed the use of a herbicide, still banned in Europe, that protects sugar beet but kills bees that all of us depend upon for pollination of plants!

Do we remember the words in Bob Dylan’s song “When will we ever learn?”
Psalm 8: 4 – 6
What are human beings that you are mindful of them,
mortals that you care for them?
Yet you have made them a little lower than God,
and crowned them with glory and honour.
You have given them dominion over the works of your hands…

Lord, you have given us the job of protecting your Earth, but we have failed to listen to you.  Now great God we are on the cusp of passing on to our children and grandchildren a planet on which we will not be able to live.  We ask you, through the influence of the Holy Spirit, that leaders of nations will take the necessary actions to arrest the decline while we are still able.

Lord, help us to learn now.  Amen

Notices

  • Saturday 28 May

    10am-3pm Church open for the ‘Royals in Romsey’ photo exhibition

    Sunday, 29 May

    10.30am Songs of Praise service, including dedication of organ

    Ian and Margaret would like to invite you to join them after this service for cakes and bubbly.  Everyone is welcome.

    Wednesday 1 June

    2pm Table Tennis with RomDAG in Abbey Hall

    7.30pm Pioneers Leaders meeting on Zoom

    Friday, 3 June

    7.30pm for the ‘Best of British’ Jubilee Concert in the church.  Everyone welcome, entry free – come along and join in the celebration!

    Saturday, 4 June

    10am-3pm Church open for the ‘Royals in Romsey’ photo exhibition

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