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 17 November

    10.30 Morning Worship led by Revd Alan Green

    6.30 pm Evening Communion in Abbey Hall Lounge led by the minister, Revd Mike Perrott

    Forthcoming Events

    Monday 18 November

    10.30 am   MOT in Abbey Hall Lounge

    Tuesday 19 November

    10.30 am   Grand Fun in Abbey Hall Lounge

    7.30 pm     Discussion Group in Abbey Hall Lounge. Speaker: John Horton – the work of Amesty International

    Wednesday 20 November

    2.00–4.00 pm Kettle’s On-Time for Tea in Abbey Hall Lounge 

    2.00–4.00 pm Table Tennis with RomDAG

    7.30 pm     Worship Group in Minister’s Vestry

    Thursday 21 November

    10.30 am Short Communion Service in Abbey Hall Lounge, followed by refreshments

    Friday 22 November

    10.00 am Romsey Festival Peace exhibition planning meeting for 2020 to be held in Abbey URC.  

    7.30 pm Badminton in Abbey Hall

    Saturday 23 November

    10.00 am – 4.00 pm Church Vision Day In Abbey Hall

    Tuesday 26 November

    2.00 pm Committal service at Woodley Cemetery  for Betty Salter

    Saturday 30 November

    7.30 pm Concert featuring Kirsty Newbury - A Victorian Christmas in aid of Fortube Centre of Riding Therapy. Fruit punch and mince pies.

    Next Sunday

    Sunday 24 November

    10.30 am Family Worship led by the Minister followed by Church Meeting

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

    Christmas Services

    Sunday 22 December

    6.30 pm Candlelight Service

    Tuesday 24 December

    4.30 pm Christmas Eve children's service. Come and dress up as one (or more) characters as we retell the Christmas story.

    11.30 pm Midnight Communion all welcome

    Christmas Day

    10.30 am Family worship

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