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 9

Readings 1 Kings 19:9-18, Psalm 85:8-13, Romans 10:5-15, Matthew 14:22-33.    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 Holy 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:  Gracious Father, revive your Church in our day, and make her holy, strong and faithful, for your glory’s sake in Jesus Christ our Lord.    Amen.

Prayer for this time:  Compassionate God, even in these difficult and uncertain times, may we be thankful for all the blessings we receive. Help us to recognise that even on our darkest days, we receive the blessing of your love, so often revealed through the care and loving presence of others.  Amen.

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

  • Global: For the people of Beirut after the recent explosion. For the injured, for families mourning the loss of loved ones, for rescue and medical teams.  
  • Local: For students awaiting BTEC and A level results: may they have confidence in their future plans.    
  • Parish: For Sandy and Jane Quicke as they prepare for our online Alpha course, beginning in September. May they be guided by the Holy Spirit.  
  • Unwell: Joy Evans, Carly Fenn, Florence Yau, Emma Burbidge, Revd David Baker, Janet Drummond, Martin Findlay, George and Doris James, Jenny Bach . 
  • RIP, Valerie Mayhew, Brigadier Joan Moriarty C.B.,RRC.: 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