Abbey United Reformed Church, Romsey



Prayer for October 2018

Earlier this month there was discussion about those bits of the Bible that we don't like.   As I write this, an example was given with the reading of Mark 7 which had Jesus referring to a woman needing help, as 'a dog'. Mike led us in his sermon to consider the circumstances and how it was a process of teaching the apostles the hard facts of following his message.   It also has been suggested that there was a certain humour in Jesus’s response to the woman as “you a gentile come to a Jewish healer for help?” Whatever, surely the Christian message for us is that we do not judge people by their nationality or creed. Unfortunately, it seems humans require enemies to justify frustrations but it is not a Christian outlook.   During the last 100 years many mothers, of many countries, lost their sons and daughters in the two world wars.   History, the Press and bad government show us that national anger can be fermented easily over as short period of time. Nowadays, the red poppy needs the white one with it.   As we pray for peace in the world we need to reject the stigmatising of the dog.   The dogs don't deserve it!

God, our heavenly Father,

We pray for those who are suffering because of their place of birth; for the Rohingya Muslims living in huge refugee camps having been cast out of Myanmar; for families living in Syria expecting bombing from their own government.

We know your challenge for Christians to help rehouse refugees fleeing conflict and we bless those who have accepted the needy. We give thanks for the charities who work in difficult zones, the Red Cross, Medecins sans Frontieres, Christian Aid and Save the Children.

We think of those people of many nationalities who are unable to sort their immediate future because of visa restrictions and any who suffer harsh treatment in low-paid servants’ work. For all in government and authority we ask for your blessing that peace will reign in the world.

In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord,

Amen

 

 

Notices

  • This Sunday

    Sunday 21 October 2018

    10.30 am Family Worship – Commitment for Life Service, led by Geoff Prestage. Proceeds from the sale of refreshments after this service will be given towards the purchase of Olive Trees for planting in Palestine

    6.30 pm     Evening Communion Service led by the Minister

    The week ahead and forthcoming events 

    Tuesday 23 October 9.30 am

    Prayer Meeting in Abbey Hall Lounge. Readings to be used: Psalm 91: 9-16 and Mark 10: 42–45

    Tuesday 23 October 10.15 – 11.45 am    

    Grand Fun in Abbey Hall Lounge. For grand-parents and their pre-school grand-children

    Wednesday 24 October 2.30 – 4.00 pm 

    Church Table Tennis

    Friday 26 October 7.30 pm

    Badminton in Abbey Hall

    Saturday 27 October 10.00 am

    Knit and Pray in Abbey Hall Lounge

    Clocks go back one hour

    Next Sunday

    Sunday 28 October 2018

    10.30 am Family Service led by Derek Hiscocks – including the baptism of Eden Bovell

    6.30 pm    All Souls Service led by Angela Bevan. List available at the back of church to sign the names of loved ones you would like to be remembered at this service.

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