Prayers and Resources

A resource for Private Prayer

As our churches begin to reopen, initially for private prayer only, you may like to use these prayers compiled bythe Rt. Revd. Dr. Christopher Herbert. Click here to download these prayers for printing.

In your own timeyou might like to: find a place for prayer, light a candle, play some reflective music. If you have a cross place it in your space, have your Bible to hand.

The Lectionary for Trinity 18

Readings:  : Isaiah 45:1-7, Psalm 96:1-9, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22.   You might like to use these over this coming week, use your regular Bible notes or choose a favourite reading. 

First:   Take time to settle into God’s loving presence. Perhaps using these words:Come life giving God, may I rest in your presence, be strengthened by your love, and be guided by your goodness.    

Read your chosen Bible passage

The Collect: Faithful Lord, whose steadfast love never ceases and whose mercies never come to an end: grant us the grace to trust you and to receive the gifts of your love, new every morning in Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen.    

Prayer for this time:  Caring God, we pray for all who are fearful and anxious at this time. For all who are worried about increased isolation during these coming months, for all anxious about loved ones during this pandemic. In difficult times help us to remember that Christ walks alongside us – holding us and loving us.    Amen.

 Intercessions: Remember those on your heart and please - do pray for yourself and your own needs.    

  • Global: For aid agencies developing programmes to provide hygiene essentials for the most vulnerable communities during this pandemic.   
  • Local: For our local NHS services, working under considerable pressure.  
  •  Parish: For Jane as she begins her licensed ministry. For the recruitment of a new Youth and Children’s minister. For the Junior Church team as they explore new ways of working with our children and families.
  • Unwell: Carly Fenn, Emma Burbidge, Revd David Baker, Janet Drummond, Martin Findlay, Jenny Bach, David Leggett, Brian Cotterill, Eilidh MacLeod. 
  • RIP:  Joy Evans, Alistair Jaffray, Valerie Leggett, Ian Hallcup; for all who mourn.  

                                                         Feel free to include times of quiet - simply waiting upon God.

Conclude your prayers with the Lord’s Prayer and/or the grace.  


St Paul’s Cathedral is offering daily reflections via email - they are short but thought provoking and there is also access via this page to videos and podcasts of the various talks/presentations from various theologians/Christian thinkers they have held over the past few years.  Click here to access St Paul's resources.

Links to other sources for prayers

Church Services are available on

  • Radio 4 longwave - 9.45 The Daily Service
  • Radio 4 FM and Digital - Sunday worship 8am
  • Radio 3 FM and Digital - Evensong Wednesdays and Sundays
  • Songs of Praise
    BBC1 Sunday 1.15pm.

More information from the BBC