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 April - Easter Sunday

    8.30 am    Easter Sunrise Communion

    9.00 am    Easter breakfast in Abbey Hall Lounge

    10.30 am  United Easter Communion at Romsey with our friends from Braishfield URC

    4.00 pm    United Easter Praise at Romsey Baptist Church followed by tea

    Forthcoming events

    Tuesday 23 April

    9.30 am  Prayer Meeting in Abbey Hall Lounge

    10.15 – 11.30 am Grand Fun in Abbey Hall Lounge

    Wednesday 24 April

    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 25 April

    7.30 pm: Romsey Chamber Music Festival - Slavic Concert

    Friday 26 April 

    1.00 pm: Romsey Chamber Music Festival - Bloomsbury String Quartet Concert

    7.30 pm: Romsey Chamber Music Festival - Mila Piano Trio 

    7.30 pm Badminton in Abbey Hall

    Saturday 27 April 

    10.00 – 4.00pm Safeguarding Course in Abbey Hall

    11.00 am Romsey Chamber Music Festival - Bloomsbury String Quartet for all the family

     5.30 pm Romsey Chamber Music Festival - Vienna: City of Dreams

    Next Sunday

    Sunday 28th April

    10.00 am   Family Worship at Braishfield URC, led by Peter White

    10.30 am   Family Worship at Abbey URC Romsey, led by Revd Alan Green

      5.30 pm   Café Style Service in the Hall or Lounge depending on numbers

    This will be an AGAPE SERVICE that will give us an opportunity to join in Christian fellowship while eating some simple food together.  It is intended to recall the sharing of food in the way Jesus shared with his disciples during his ministry on earth and to express our membership of the family of Christ. Please sign the list at the back of the church if you wish to come.

     

     

     

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