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 20 October

    10.30 am Family Service – led by the Revd Nicky Gilbert

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

    Forthcoming Events

    Monday 21 October 

    10.30 am MOT in Abbey Hall Lounge

    Tuesday 22 October

    10.30 am   Grand Fun in Abbey Hall Lounge

    Wednesday 23 October

    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 24 October

    10.30 am Prayer Meeting in Abbey Hall Lounge

    Friday 25 October

    7.30 pm Badminton in Abbey Hall

    Saturday 23 November

    10.00 am – 4.00 pm Church Vision Day in Abbey Hall led by Revd Mary Thomas and Ruth White – all are invited to offer views for the future of our churches at Romsey and Braishfield

    Next Sunday

    Sunday 27 October 

    10.30 am Family Service – led by the Minister

    6.30 pm All Souls Service in the Church – please sign the list at the back of church if you wish the name of a loved one to be remembered during the service

     

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