Abbey United Reformed Church, Romsey



Prayer for November 2019

During the first week of October I listened to Desert Island Discs – not something I usually manage to fit in, but on this occasion we were enjoying a break in the West Country and I was fortunate in being able to listen to Sabrina Cohen Hatton.

At the age of 15 she was made homeless after her father died of a brain tumour. Although her school were aware that she was not living at home they did nothing to support her. She sold The Big Issue and slept on the streets of Newport, Wales.  It was the sales of The Big Issue that gave her the money she needed to live.

After living on the streets for two years, she succeeded in joining the Fire Service at 18, although this took a large number of applications.  Now she is Chief Fire Officer of West Sussex having gained a BSc in Psychology and followed this with a PhD and she is still only in her 30s.

My reaction as I listened to this programme was certainly one of immense praise for her achievement but also, I wondered about how much hope a person must have had to enable them to navigate their way through such a difficulty journey.

In 1 Corinthians 13 Paul speaks to us about Faith, Hope and Love and perhaps we are prone to take Hope as the poor relation of those two great aspects of our lives – Faith and Love.  Here we have a person who, during a lot of her life, must have been living on Hope.

Shall we pray?

Dear Lord, Father and friend show us that no matter how bad things get for us we still have Hope to keep us connected with Faith and Love.  Amen

Derek Hiscocks

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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