Abbey United Reformed Church, Romsey



Prayer for September 2019

Our grandson, Sam, has just returned from a year out teaching in Central  America.  Before coming home he visited Columbia in South America.  

He told us of going to the capital Bogata where there are 75 miles of highway reserved each Sunday from 7am to 2pm for leisure, so walkers,  joggers, skaters and particularly cyclists are free to move without the

danger of vehicular traffic.  The idea, called La Ciclovia, or Cycleways, has been taken up slowly by other countries. 

I would like to think that the instigation of Ciclovia has a religious base to it, using Sunday as a day of rest. The Autumn can be a  harvest of the good things of life but also a slowing down.    Our September prayer has this in mind: 

Dear God,

I have nothing special to do today.  I know the time may pass too quickly and that I can waste it.  Help me to use this leisure-time well.

There are jobs to be done at home, garden and church; but  we are not as young as we used to be.   There are books to read; friends to visit who could be cheered by an unexpected call; parents and  family who need  help; phone calls to make. Sunday brings its own responsibilities; our worship may help us search for peace and understanding but we need time to think straight.

O Lord.  Show us  what is important  in all our activities.  Help us to relax,  to be still and know that you are God.

In Jesus we ask for your blessing.

Amen

Geoff Prestage

 (with assistance from Richard Hall in his book 'For everything a Season')

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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