The Pharmacy by Rev’d Paul Collings
The building that houses the present Laura Ashley, at 41 and 42 High Street, was for many years the premises of Hinton Lake, the chemists. The building, largely dating from 1564 was called the Mansion House up until 1740.
And thou shalt make it a perfume, a confection after the art of the apothecary, tempered together, pure and holy: Exodus 30:35
There Hinton Lake’s the chemist store,
Long had it’s high street’s opened door,
Offering it’s wares, a cure to ease
From pain, an ailment, or disease.
Apothecary skills applied
With careful measures there supplied
Each patient’s own prescriptive needs,
Renewing health, their cure to speed.
From ancient times, right to this day,
Prescriber’s art has been displayed
As with physician’s practiced skills
They join, unite to banish ills.
You call us too to emulate
Such given skills and to relate,
A tempered balm, holy and pure,
An answer here, a lasting cure.
O great physician, draw me near,
That I may too share in the cure
Of saving grace, of that welfare,
That wills our freedom through your care.
“IN THE OUR HANDS (adapted) by Suzy Kassem
The one who creates a poison, also has the cure.
The one who creates a virus, also has the antidote.
The one who creates chaos, also has the ability to create peace.
The one who sparks hate, also has the ability to transform it to love.
The one who creates misery, also has the ability to destroy it with kindness.
The one who creates sadness, also has the ability to to covert it to happiness.
The one who creates darkness, can also be awakened to produce illumination.
The one who spreads fear, can also be shaken to spread comfort.
Any problems created by the left hand,
Can also be solved with the right,
For the one who manifests anything,
Also has the ability to