Weekly Prayer

Let us Pray...

You are very welcome to pray with us.

Each Tuesday, Prayer Service takes place 11:00-11:30 am in the choir vestry (accessed from the main Church).

The main Church is also open Saturdays 10:00 am -12:00 noon.

Sunday worship takes place at 10:30 am.

If you would like to find out more about praying, see christianity.org.uk 


16th June

Lord, forgive us when we listen, but do not hear; when we look, but do not see; and when we feel, but do not act; and by your mercy and grace draw us into the righteous deeds of your kingdom of justice and peace; through Christ our Lord.


Maria Hare (1798-1870)


9th June

Come, Holy Spirit, and make us Pentecost people.

Let your wisdom and right judgment guide our decisions and temper our impulses.

Let knowledge and understanding increase our capacity for empathy and compassion.

Let reverence and awe fill us with gratitude and respect for all of creation.

Give us the courage to witness boldly to our faith in word and deed.

Through and with and in Jesus Christ, we pray.



2nd June

Lord, we pray for the spread of the gospel,

Bless those who preach, teach, heal, build, reconcile, bring hope,

that their message may be the means of salvation to those who hear:

and grant that your church may grow and increase

In the knowledge of your divine love.


Futher Everyday Prayers


26th May


All creation rejoices in your presence, O God. The sun sings your praise. The moon gives you glory. The stars proclaim your presence. The angels worship your Godhead and all humanity offers you its blessing.


Orthodox Blessing

19th May

Teach us, good Lord, to serve thee as thou deservest;

To give and not to count the cost,

To fight and not to heed the wounds,

To toil and not to seek for rest,

To labour and not to ask for any reward,

Save that of knowing that we will do thy will,

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

St. Ignatius Loyola


12th May

Transforming God, give us your deep love and grace so that things may change around us.
As disciples of Jesus, may we sow transforming seeds of love, not of division.
May we show love and encouragement, rather than criticism and disapproval.
May we speak kindness into discord, comfort into mourning and hope into hopelessness.

Steven Wild, Cornwall District Chair


5th May

Christ our friend,

you ask our love in spite of our betrayal.

Give us courage to embrace forgiveness,

know you again,

and trust ourselves in you;

We pray in your name.



28th April


Lord, create in me a love for peace;


not peace that is the absence of struggle,

not peace that is blind to injustice,

but peace that makes whole what now is broken.




21st April

We are often not the Easter People
that we should be,
living in the certain knowledge
of your great mercy and love.
Distracted by the world around us
we fail to hear your voice,
or hide when faith is challenged
as we wander off the path.
Forgive us, we pray;
restore the love that we first had,
a faith that can endure.
We will keep our eyes fixed on you, Lord,
and with you at our right hand
we shall not be shaken.


Easter Prayer

When everything was dark
and it seemed that the sun would never shine again,
your love broke through.

Your love was too strong,
too wide,
too deep
for death to hold.

The sparks cast by your love
dance and spread
and burst forth
with resurrection light.

Gracious God,
We praise you for the light of new life
made possible through Jesus.
We praise you for the light of new life
that shone on the first witnesses of resurrection.
We praise you for the light of new life
that continues to shine in our hearts today.

We pray that the Easter light of life, hope and joy,
will live in us each day;
and that we will be bearers of that light
into the lives of others.

Revd Michaela Youngson


13 April 2019

The crowds fill the streets as they welcome their King,

And they cut down the palm branches to wear as they sing.

His friends bring a donkey on which he can ride

While the children are walking so close by his side.

'Hosanna! Hosanna! Hosanna!' they sing,

'Hosanna! Hosanna!' to Jesus their King.


6 April 2019

Lord, it isn’t easy.
It isn’t easy to speak out for you when they don’t want to listen.
It isn’t easy to live by your story when they don’t believe it.
It isn’t easy to welcome the stranger when the unfamiliar looks frightening.
It isn’t easy to be open to others when they might change me.
It isn’t easy to follow you when you go to the wrong places.

Child, it isn’t easy.
It isn’t easy to walk with me toward Jerusalem.
It isn’t easy to trust when you want to direct.
It isn’t easy to let go when you want to grasp tightly.
It isn’t easy, but rest in me, trust my love and you will be born anew.
Lord, help me to trust you and share your love that the world may be transformed.

Ruth Gee, Connexional Ecumenical Officer, former Darlington District Chair


30th March 2019


We worship you, the one God,
the God of our forebears, who shared the gospel in far flung lands,
the God of our generation, which has struggled to maintain your mission for our time.
Move us from patronage to partnership, from tradition to innovation, as one Church in one world.
Help us to identify your way and your will so that together we may communicate the gospel to the next generation.


Wendy Kilworth-Mason, superintendent minister, Whitehaven Circuit



23rd March 2019

Lord, we thank you for the transformation of a shrivelled seed into food or flower,
the movement of night to day and your eternal love seen in Jesus.
May we be transformed for fruitfulness,
become light for others and know that your love is broader,
higher, wider and deeper than we will ever comprehend.


Graham Thompson, Plymouth and Exeter District Chair


16th March 2019

Prayer for Christchurch, New Zealand

God of peace
We pray for those caught up in the events in New Zealand, for those killed and wounded, and for those who will mourn. 
We pray for the people of the emergency services as they respond, and for community leaders and faith leaders as they work to heal broken communities. 
Soften the hearts of those who are motivated by hate and bring peace to your precious people of New Zealand. 
In Christ’s name.


Michaela Youngson, President of the Methodist Church in Great Britain


9th March 2019

God of all grace, good beyond all that is good, fair beyond all that is fair and loving beyond all that is loving; grant us to be of one mind in our faith, of one hope in our calling, and of one heart in our loving; through Christ our Lord.


Dionysius of Alexandria (c.200-c.265)

1st March 2019

Bind our souls to your own, O Christ, so that we may never be separated from you.

Only in you are we fully alive, only in your light can we truly see and only in your strength can we safely pursue our way.

To you we come, O wisdom without end.

In you we rest, O mercy without limit.


Mechtild of Magdeburg (c.1207-1282)

22nd February 2019

Lord Jesus, you call each one of us to follow you, to be your disciples and to make disciples.
You enable us to live out that discipleship as we seek to transform the lives of those whom
we meet and the communities to which we belong.
You inspire us to be agents of change and to seize the moment to proclaim your love and to
be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
You challenge us to live every day for you.
May we be open to new ways and strengthened through your power.


Paul Davis, Lancashire District Chair


15th February 2019

Take from us, O Lord, all sloth, love of power and idle talk.

Of your mercy grant us clarity of mind, strength of purpose and humility of heart.

Beholding our own faults let us not be the judge of others, for you alone are truly blessed, now and to the ages of ages.


Ephrem the Syrian (306-373)


8th February 2019

O God of transforming love,
when I look at the news, read the papers, attend a meeting,
or look in the mirror, I wonder, “Can things ever change?”
Then I think of arrogant Joseph, flawed David, headstrong Peter,
greedy Zacchaeus and zealous Saul.
I marvel at the faith of Abraham, the devotion of Ruth, the obedience of Mary,
the scandal of the woman washing Jesus’ feet and the desperate hope of Jairus.
Then, when I watch the news, or look in the mirror, I thank you again, O God, for the
transforming power and gracious love I see in Jesus. Amen.

David Hinchliffe, Channel Islands District Chair


1st February 2019

Teach us, O God, to trust your providence, ordered and sure; to accept your wisdom, unerring and true; and to rejoice in your love, unbounded and eternal; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Charles Simeon (1759-1836)

25th January 2019

Lord, be our focus.
When transformation of this world is far from linear, let us be patient.
Where the troubles of today appear to be greater than those of yesterday, help us to pray.
When the voice of your love is muffled by our selfish ways, may we repent.

Lord, lead us.
When the chance to do what is best for your kingdom is before us, come Holy Spirit.
When making tough decisions is even harder than we imagined, give us courage.
When the future looks so different from the present, increase our faith.

Lord, bless us.
When we worship you, may we be your blessing to others.
Where we live and dwell, may we act kindly to all.
When our race is run, may others give you thanks.


Stephen Lindridge, Newcastle Upon Tyne District Chair


18th January 2019

Eternal Father,

at the baptism of Jesus

you revealed him to be your Son

and anointed him with the Holy Spirit.

Keep all who are born of water and the Spirit

faithful to their calling as your people;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.



Methodist Worship Book


11th January 2019

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for loving us.

Thank You for sending Jesus and for the work of Your Holy Spirit in opening people’s eyes to recognise Him.

Please open our eyes and hearts afresh to Him.

Help us to truly trust Him and to be aware of the price He paid so that we can know Your peace and live with You forever.

By Daphne Kitching


4th January 2019

You are never tired, O Lord, of doing us good; let us never be weary of doing You service.  But as You have pleasure in the well-being of Your servants, let us take pleasure in the service of our Lord, and abound in Your work and in Your love and praise evermore.

John Wesley


28th December 2018

Our Father and our God, as we stand at the beginning of this new year we confess our need of Your presence and Your guidance as we face the future.

We each have our hopes and expectations for the year that is ahead of us—but You alone know what it holds for us, and only You can give us the strength and the wisdom we will need to meet its challenges. So help us to humbly put our hands into Your hand, and to trust You and to seek Your will for our lives during this coming year.

In the midst of life’s uncertainties in the days ahead, assure us of the certainty of Your unchanging love.

In the midst of life’s inevitable disappointments and heartaches, help us to turn to You for the stability and comfort we will need.

In the midst of life’s temptations and the pull of our stubborn self-will, help us not to lose our way but to have the courage to do what is right in Your sight, regardless of the cost.

And in the midst of our daily preoccupations and pursuits, open our eyes to the sorrows and injustices of our hurting world, and help us to respond with compassion and sacrifice to those who are friendless and in need. May our constant prayer be that of the ancient Psalmist: “Teach me, O Lord, to follow your decrees; then I will keep them to the end” (Psalm 119:33).

We pray for our nation and its leaders during these difficult times, and for all those who are seeking to bring peace and justice to our dangerous and troubled world. We pray especially for Your protection on all those who serve in our armed forces, and we thank You for their commitment to defend our freedoms, even at the cost of their own lives. Be with their families also, and assure them of Your love and concern for them.

Bring our divided nation together, and give us a greater vision of what You would have us to be. Your Word reminds us that “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12).

As we look back over this past year we thank You for Your goodness to us—far beyond what we have deserved. May we never presume on Your past goodness or forget all Your mercies to us, but may they instead lead us to repentance, and to a new commitment to make You the foundation and center of our lives this year.

And so, our Father, we thank You for the promise and hope of this new year, and we look forward to it with expectancy and faith. This I ask in the name of our Lord and Savior, who by His death and resurrection has given us hope both for this world and the world to come.


Billy Graham

21st December 2018

Lord we all expect so much from the festivities of Christmas.
We always think that other people are having the perfect time
with families round the tree.
But there can be so much stress, Lord. 
We pray for families who only see each other at Christmas:
they may all want to celebrate in quite different ways. 
We think about the empty places at tables 
where loved ones no longer sit. 
We pray for new family groups making their own traditions;
For those in the armed forces  
and others who have to be away from home, 
or just at work.
Lord, help us all to relax and rejoice 
in the true meaning of the season

14th December 2018

Loving God, Help us remember the birth of Jesus, 
that we may share in the song of the angels, 
the gladness of the shepherds, 
and worship of the wise men.

Close the door of hate
and open the door of love all over the world. 
Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting. 
Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings,
and teach us to be merry with clear hearts.

May the Christmas morning make us happy to be thy children,
and Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, 
forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus' sake. Amen.

Robert Louis Stevenson


7th December 2018

Lord, we thank you for the beautiful Christmas tree, with all its ornaments,
some collected over many years, each with its own significance.
We thank you for the twinkling lights that remind us
of that star that brought people to your stable, 
and the light which only you can bring into our lives.
We thank you for the gifts around the tree,
but at the same time 
we remember those less fortunate than us.
Most of all, we thank you that you are
the greatest gift, 
and you are here for everyone.



30th November 2018

Loving, generous Father,

This Christmas, please help us to keep you at the centre of our preparations and celebrations. May our thankfulness for the gift of your precious son, Jesus, motivate all that we think and say and do. May the joy of His coming shine from us and attract those who don’t know what Christmas really means, so that they want to find out!

In Jesus’ name and for His glory,

by Daphne Kitching



24th November 2018

Gentle God,

I watched a small child playing with a toy, turning and twisting different parts to change it from a simple car to a mighty robot warrior. And I wonder if you sometimes watch us, twisting and turning your Word, our Saviour Jesus Christ, into a rescuing hero; forgetting that, through his transcendent love, he became what we are, that he might bring us to be even what he is himself.

Help us to grow daily into the likeness of Christ, that the world may be transformed both within us and through us.


Sheryl Anderson, Liverpool District Chair


17th November 2018 

Eternal God,

In whose perfect realm no sword is drawn but the sword of justice,

and no strength is known but the strength of love:

guide and inspire all who seek your kingdom,

that peoples and nations may find their security

in love which casts out fear:

through Jesus Christ our Saviour.



10th November 2018


Merciful Lord,

You have taught us through your Son

that love is the fulfilling of the law.

Grant that we may love you with our whole heart

and our neighbours as ourselves;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.



Methodist Worship Book


3rd November 2018

At break of day

This is a prayer poem based on Psalm 40, and in particular v5 – ‘God will help her at break of day’. It is dedicated to all those whose first waking thought is one of anxiety and a feeling of being overwhelmed, but who choose not to be intimidated by such thoughts, finding rather strength in God.

Waking, anxious and afraid,
Knowing all that must be done;
Sense of dread and taste of fear,
How can I fulfil my call?

Turning, then again to God
Inward glance and eye of faith;
Refuge strong and present help,
Why would He desert me now?

River flowing, life of God
Fills my heart with confidence;
Trusting him and leaning hard,
Finding grace, I carry on.

by Tony Horsfall


28th October 2018

Bible Passage - Luke 13:6-9

Lord Jesus Christ, so many people in this world are prevented from reaching their true potential, whether by being oppressed by others, or by lacking confidence in their own abilities. Reach out to them, Lord, and lift them. Show them that you love and value them for who they are, not what they have, or have not, done.

You were able to use ordinary people like fishermen and bring out the best in them in order to spread your word of love, peace, joy and justice. Be close, now, to the oppressed of this world, those seeking justice, those whose lives are torn apart by wars, those who are being bullied. You are truly our Saviour, and we pray in your name. 



14th and 21st October 2018

This hymn, written by Philip to the tune Simplicity, was sung as part of our prayers at the Songs of Praise Service on 21st October.


Lord, I find it hard to be,

Loving, strong and fully free,

Shackled by the sins of self,

Dazzled, blinded by vain wealth.


Let me Your full riches see,

Let Your heart my treasure be,

Let me seize Your Godly wealth,

All Your healing, all Your health.


When I'm hurt by words unkind,

When abused by thoughtless minds,

When attacked, as love I speak,

Help me turn the other cheek.


When I'm weary, when I'm weak,

Help me stronger faith to seek.

When I'm helpless and distraught

Let a stronger faith be wrought.


Lead me fully into joys

Freed from earth's ephemeral toys,

That Your joy may be the leav'n...

Growing into hopes of heaven.


Lord, I've heard your Gospel plea, 

Let me all Your nature see.

Go from here, to work and live,

To Your glory, all I give.





7th October 2018

Faithful Father,

As the leaves change colour and fall we are reminded of life’s changing seasons. We become aware that time passes more quickly than we expect or plan for.

Help us to make the most of each day You give us – and to be thankful.

Thank you that through all the changing seasons You are unchanging. Your love goes on reaching out.

Thank you for sending Jesus who died to make it possible for us to know You and come to You when our days on earth are completed.

Help us to trust Him, to receive Him and to live in the power of His Spirit, now and forever.
In Jesus’ name,



By Daphne Kitching

30th September 2018

Weave a silence, O Lord, onto our lips, a silence into our minds and a silence within our hearts.

Close our ears to distraction, our eyes to illusion and our heart to temptation, and fill our lives with the glory of your presence.


Based on a traditional Celtic Prayer


23rd September 2018

Gracious God, we put everything into your hands.

We lay everything on your altar.

We take nothing back and we yield all things to your glory;

now and for ever.


Mary Slessor (1848-1915)


16th September 2018

Challenging God, we praise and worship you in awe and wonder as we consider the vastness of your creation, the world in which we live; you urge us forward in faith to find new ways to climb the high peaks and to cross the wide waters of life, with you ever by our side.

Transforming God, we give thanks that we are changed forever as we journey on; help us as we share the power of your love in our own communities, locally, nationally and globally, as present-day witnesses to you – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – in this our troubled, yet ever beautiful world.


Pamela M Stenson, local preacher, Guisborough



9th September 2018

Matthew 7:25

In the changing seasons,
in the terrifying, changing world
where landscapes are no longer recognisable,
where things spin so quickly out of control,
You are the one still point.
You are unchanging,
always faithful,
always present.

In a world of shifting sands
You are the rock on which I stand,
I am secure in You alone.
You are the rock on which I stand,
My Saviour.


By Daphne Kitching



2nd September 2018 

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. 

But the greatest of these is love.  

1 Corinthians 13:13 


Lord, help us to dismiss the obstacles that litter our path when it comes to loving others.

Sometimes our obligations and 'to do' tasks dominate our daily lives and we forget our true calling.

We pray that love will be at the centre of our thoughts, words and deeds in the days and weeks ahead.



26th August 2018

Grant, O God, that we may be united to you and to our neighbour with an undivided love, serve you and your children with an undivided heart and reverence you and your creation with an undivided will, through Christ our Lord.


John Scotus Erigena (c. 819-877)


19th August 2019

Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
Forgive our foolish ways,
Reclothe us in our rightful mind,
In purer lives Thy service find,
In deeper reverence, praise.


12th August: Thy Kingdom Come, Thy will be done

Dear God
help us to bring the light of heaven's promise  
to the struggles of the earth 
transform us so we may become 
the best of ourselves 
fully open to the possibilities of this new day

Rev. Dr. Craig Gardiner


5th August


29th July

Remind us Lord, not to fear, for you have redeemed us.

When we pass through the waters, you are with us;

Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed,yet your unfailing love for us will not be shaken nor your covenant of peace removed, for you have compassion on us.


Isaiah 54:10

22nd July

Dear Lord,

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide;
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me.

I need Thy presence every passing hour;
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s power?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.



15th July 2018

Prayer to our unchanging Father God

Gracious Father,

You created us. You know us through and through and still you love us. Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, you accept us and call us your children when we put our trust in Him.  In this world of change and uncertainty you are our still point. You know our names, you provide for us and have good plans for us. We are completely safe and secure in you. How wonderful that is!

Thank you loving Father.

In Jesus name, Amen.

By Daphne Kitching


8th July

We praise you God for your infinite wisdom. We know so little, and yet we are so grateful to serve the one who knows all things.

We confess that our hearts have been shattered by our sinful desires, and that we have tried to hide our shame from you.

Please forgive us for the ways we’ve slandered other people in our lives. Our hearts are broken and we cannot save ourselves.

We thank you for knowing our own hearts better than we do. We thank you for saving us through your Son, Jesus Christ. We thank you for bringing our dead hearts to life through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Please guard our hearts from a critical spirit, and help us to not lose heart when we feel pressures leading us into doubt. Renew our minds and give us confidence with the truth found in the words of the Bible.

It is in the name of Jesus Christ that I pray,


2 Corinthians 5:11-13

1st July

God of life, you enable the day to dawn and call us to imitate you.
Christ, born in a stable,
you are with us at our birth.
Christ, who worked as a carpenter,
you are with us in our work.
Christ, who excluded no one,
you are with us in all our friendships and dealings with people.
Christ, obedient in suffering,
you are with us in the testing times of our lives.
Christ, victorious in the face of opposition,
you give us life, hope and resurrection.


Richard Teal, Cumbria District Chair

24th June

Reveal yourself to us, O God, in the fullness of your glory, that we may know you as the Creator of heaven and earth; embrace you as the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and receive you as the lifegiving Spirit of purity and love.


Philip Melanchthon (1497-1560)

17th June 

An Evening Prayer


Now we are come to the sun's hour of rest;

the lights of the evening round us shine;

we hymn the Father,

Son and Holy Spirit divine.


Gracious God,

sometimes hidden,

you have not abandoned me today.

I worship you.


Incarnate Jesus,

sometimes unrecognised,

you have walked with me today.

I worship you.


Energising Spirit,

sometimes spurned,

you have empowered me today,

I worship you.


Stay with me, for the day is now nearly over.



10th June

O God, chase from our hearts all gloomy thoughts and make us glad with the brightness of hope.

Bishop Brent

3rd June

Holy and eternal God, in your only Son, Jesus Christ, you have fully revealed yourself to be the God whose grace, mercy and peace are the source and summit of all life. By the power of your Holy Spirit at work in us, turn our hearts to love and obedience of your perfect will for us and all creation.
Looking always to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, may we rediscover each day our purpose to serve you as your people in the world. And, on the last day, bring us to the fullness of your eternal kingdom and the joy of the heavenly banquet.


David Chapman, Bedfordshire, Essex and Hertfordshire District Chair


27th May 2018

Faithful God,
we give thanks for the ways we encounter you in Jesus, the living Word:
     in the faces of those in need,
     in the faces of the ‘other’ from whom we often draw back,
     in moments of joy and in deep sadness.
In all these people and places we find you already there,
kneeling at our feet, ready to serve us.
Jesus, the first and the last,
help us to be your servant people,
carrying the rich treasures of our faith to friend and stranger.
Jesus, born of Mary,
may we be ready to see you where we least expect
and greet you with hopefulness and joy.


Andrew Wood, Southampton District Chair


20th May 2018

O, blessed Jesus, immortal and victorious, by the sorrow you suffered when all the powers of your heart failed you; have mercy on us and help us. Come to us, in the hour of our darkness and in the day of our weakness, that laying hold of you in the glory of life, we may be enfolded with you in the light of eternity; for your own name’s sake.


Bridget of Sweden (1303-1373)

13th May 2018

Lord, before ever you made us, you loved us. Nor has your love ever slackened, nor ever shall. In love all your works have begun, and in love they continue. In this love our life is everlasting, and in this love we shall see you and be glad forever.


Julian of Norwich (1342-1416)


6th May


Jesus, the first and the last,
you are alpha and omega,
      beginning and end.
You are there at the beginning of the year,
      you are with us at its end.
You are at the beginning of our lives,
      you are with us at our end.
work in us your gifts of grace,
bring us forgiveness,
and perfect us in love.


Jonathan Pye, Bristol District Chair


29th April

Jesus, first and last:
inspirer and initiator, completer and finisher,
thank you for all you begin and all you fulfil in our lives.
Just as for your people long ago,
when they journeyed from captivity to the promised land,
it’s the in-the-middle places that can test our faith the most.
How rare the signposts can be
and how large the roadblocks can loom.
Too easily we lose heart,
doubt our steps and wistfully look back.
Lord, in these times reassure us
of your company and give us confidence.
Keep us bold and strong,
trusting in the consistency of your love,
as revealed in your faithful journey
from cross through death to resurrection life.



Leslie Newton, Yorkshire North and East District Chair


22nd April

Lord, grant me a simple, kind, open, believing, loving and generous heart, worthy of being your dwelling-place.

John Sergieff, Russian priest, 1829 – 1908


A Prayer After Easter 

O God of the Last Supper God of the Cross And God of the Empty Tomb,

We come before you now and we pause.

We inhale the scent of snow white Easter lilies.

We see the rain as it falls in veils and sheets of April showers.

And we listen.

Holy Week has passed. But how we long to live by the marvelous story we have heard.

Let us remain ever beside you at the table of the Last Supper.

Show us who is hungry. And give us the courage to offer them bread from your table. Show us who is thirsty. And give us the strength to lift up the cup of your love. Most of all, show us how to linger at the table, serving others— Doing ALL that we do In remembrance of You, And the way You were when You walked this earth.

We lift these simple, limited words Up to you, O God.


By Erin M. Cline


1st April

Easter Prayer

Almighty Father,

When life is difficult and the way seems too hard, help us to remember the reality of Easter; of the resurrection of Jesus; of His wonderful saving work on the cross, overcoming death to offer us life for all eternity with you.

There is so much we don’t understand, Lord, but you know everything, you are in charge and we can trust you even when we can’t work things out. 

Thank you for the hope, peace and joy that you alone can give - and all because of the resurrection of Jesus. Thank you that He is alive today and able to help us whatever our situation. Help us to be your Easter People, reaching out with your love and life.

In Jesus name, Amen.

By Daphne Kitching


25th March

Lord, you've guided us through the difficult days of Lent, encouraging us along the way.

We pray as we move towards the darkest day, that you'll not forsake us but remind us of our Saviour's ultimate gift and promise of new, abundant, eternal life for all who believe and trust in him, your precious son, Jesus. 



18th March

Give us patience, O God, in the hour of trouble; humility in the hour of success and constancy in the hour of temptation.

Grant us thankfulness for your benefits, fear of your judgement and hope in your enduring mercy; now and for ever.


John Cosin (1594-1672)



A Prayer for Mother's Day

Lord, we remember the mothers

who have gone before us,

For their love, sacrifice, struggle

and joy, we thank you.


Lord, we remember the mothers of

Scripture who are part of our story

as we are a part of your story.

For their courage, faith, love and

fierceness, we thank you.


Lord, we remember those who have not

given birth to us, but are mothers to us.

For their gift of themselves that they

have given, we thank you.


For the women who struggle with 

fertility, for those women whom

society labels as less in their childlessness,

for those women who have lost children.

For their tears, for their strength,

for their wisdom, for their lives,

we thank you.


In your name we pray.



By Claire Schoepp



26th February 2018

Merciful Lord,

grant your people grace to withstand the temptations

of the world, the flesh and the devil,

and with pure hearts and minds to follow you,

the only God;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Methodist Worship Book


19th February 2018 -  A Prayer for Lent

Almighty God,

whose Son Jesus Christ

fasted forty days in the wilderness,

and was tempted, as we are, yet without sin:

give us grace to discipline ourselves

in obedience to your Spirit

and, as you know our weaknesses,

so may we know your power to save;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Methodist Workship Book


12th February 2018

Lord God,

whose glory shines upon us

in the face of Jesus Christ,

and whose nature is made known to us

in the mystery of the cross:

number us, we pray,

among his faithful followers

for whom nothing matters

but the doing of your will;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Methodist Worship Book


5th February 2018

O Lord, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all the earth.
All your creation is very good.
When we consider the awesomeness of your creation,
we realise the great responsibility we have in caring for it.
Your world contains an abundance of riches
over which you have given us dominion.
We do not always take seriously
how our thoughtlessness and laziness impact upon creation.
As we reflect on the ways in which we have wasted, misused or taken for granted what you have so generously provided,
we ask for your forgiveness and pray
that you will show us how to be better stewards.
O Lord, Our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all the earth.


Elizabeth Burroughs


29th January 2018

In this morning hour

I want a fresh chance to start again.

I don't want to waste the minutes and hours

that have been given to me.

I want to be alive

to every experience,

in conversation,

in the mundane tasks of this day.

In moments of relaxation

I want to find joy in living.

Lord of the morning, help me.

Frank Topping


22nd January 2018

Teach us, Lord

to serve you as you deserve,

to give and not to count the cost,

to fight and not to heed the wounds,

to toil and not to seek for rest,

to labour and not to seek any reward

save that of knowing that we do your will.

St. Ignatius Loyola


15th January 2018

Lord for the Years

Lord, for the years your love has kept and guided, 
urged and inspired us, cheered us in our way, 
sought us and saved us, pardoned and provided:
Lord of the years, we bring our thanks today.

Lord, for that word, the word of life which fires us, 
speaks to our hearts and sets our souls ablaze, 
teaches and trains, rebukes us and inspires us:
Lord of the word, receive your people's praise.

Lord, for our land in this our generation, 
spirits oppressed by pleasure, wealth and care:
for young and old, for commonwealth and nation, 
Lord of our land, be pleased to hear our prayer.

Lord, of our world where men disown and doubt you, 
loveless in strength, and comfortless in pain, 
hungry and helpless, lost indeed without you; 
Lord of the world, we pray that Christ may reign.

Lord, of ourselves, in living power remake us 
self on the cross and Christ upon the throne, 
past put behind us, for the future take us; 
Lord of our lives, to live for Christ alone.



8th January 2018

A Prayer for the Season of Epiphany

Generous God, for all that sustains us;
air to breath, warmth and light,
food to eat, water to drink,
we offer our thanks and praise.
For spiritual gifts that bind us together;
one people, one body
empowered for service
we offer our hands and voices.
For the Good News of the Gospel;
healing and wholeness
freedom and justice
we offer our hearts in service.



1st January 2018

A prayer for New Year

Lord, we give thanks for the joy of Christmas; for the time spent with friends and loved ones and for the time to relax from the pressures and daily routines of modern life.

We pray that we may take the peace and goodwill of the Christmas season with us into the New Year as we carry the light of your Love in our hearts.



25th December 2017

A Christmas Prayer

Loving Father, 
Help us remember the birth of Jesus,
that we may share in the song of the angels,
the gladness of the shepherds,
and worship of the wise men.

Close the door of hate
and open the door of love all over the world.
Let kindness come with every gift
and good desires with every greeting.
Deliver us from evil by the blessing 
which Christ brings,
and teach us to be merry with clear hearts.

May the Christmas morning 
make us happy to be thy children,
and Christmas evening bring us to our beds
with grateful thoughts,
forgiving and forgiven, 
for Jesus' sake.


Robert Louis Stevenson



18th December 2017

God of love, in whom we live and move and have our being, help us to recognise your presence in the first things:
the sunrise, the newborn child, the green shoot;
the up-beat, the intake of breath, the opening line.
And help us to know your presence in the last things:
the end page, the finished article, the closing remarks;
the final flourish, the dying notes, the gentle goodnight.
Above all, help us to live our lives so totally in your presence, that our beginnings and endings become the same thing.
In the name of Jesus, the first and the last.


Sheryl Anderson, Liverpool District Chair


11th December 2017

Show us, O Lord, the transience of the world in the light of heaven, the shortness of time in the light of eternity and the meaning of death in the light of resurrection; through the merits of Christ the Lord. Amen.

Richard Challoner (1691-1781)



4th December 2017

This Advent-time
we remember Mary and Joseph,
giving thanks for their faithfulness,
courage and obedience,
stepping out into the unknown
in the strength of your Spirit,
playing their part
in the fulfilment of your plan
to bring your prodigal people
home again.
We pray that their example
might be the pattern of our lives,
that when your gentle whisper
breaks through the clamour of this world 
and into our small corner,
we might be ready to listen,
and having listened, to act.


27th November 2017

God of hope, who brought love into this world,
be the love that dwells between us.
God of hope, who brought peace into this world,
be the peace that dwells between us.
God of hope, who brought joy into this world,
be the joy that dwells between us.
God of hope, the rock we stand upon,
be the centre, the focus of our lives
always, and particularly this Advent time.


20 November 2017

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
in whose name I was baptized,
may Jesus, the living water, spring up in me
as the daily source of thoughts, words, and actions.

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
in whose name I live and move and have my being,
may Jesus, bread of life, nourish and sustain me
in the face of trials and tests, opportunities and challenges.

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
in whose name I will be commended to your eternal care,
may Jesus, the grain which falls into the earth
to die and bear much fruit,
gather together at the last all I have been,
separating weeds from wheat,
that I might know his resurrection life. Amen.

Andrew Lunn, Manchester and Stockport District Chair


13 November 2017

Lord, be with us this day,
Within us to purify us;
Above us to draw us up;
Beneath us to sustain us;
Before us to lead us;
Behind us to restrain us;
Around us to protect us.

Patrick c389-461



6 November 2017


At this remembrance time, we remember those who gave their lives in the service and protection of their country, whether many years ago, or in more recent conflicts. We thank you for them and pray for those who loved them. 

The death of a loved one, whatever the cause, changes our lives forever and we walk an unchosen path. There are wonderful memories, times to be thankful, but nothing takes away the pain and empty space every day. Thank you, Lord, for understanding our loss. Thank you that when we cry, we know that you cried first, when your friend died. It’s all right to cry. It’s all right to pour out our pain to you, as we remember…

And Lord, we remember most of all your death on the cross. We thank you that in this remembering we have hope and meaning and confidence because you rose again; you overcame death. If we put our trust in you we shall live with you forever. Lord at our saddest times, help us to remember your victory and the bigger picture.

In Jesus name,


By Daphne Kitching



30th October 2017

The Church of England's Reflective Prayer for All Hallows Eve:


Lord, tonight, we will face all that most concerns us: our fears, the shadowed places of the mind; the coming of winter darkness; the cold thin place between waking and sleep.

We call to mind the powerless, the lonely, those who most fear the knock at the door; all those deceived by the world’s empty promises; all those cowed by menaces or threats.

We stand with those weak in body, mind or spirit and those seduced by treats or hurt by tricks.

Lord, your light shines into every darkness.

You told us: pray ‘deliver us from evil’.

Your Spirit gives us hope, gives us courage, a candle in the window unhurt by the wind.




To see the Church of England's Reflective Prayers for All Saints Day and All Souls Day, please click here.


23rd October 2017




16th October 2017

Lord our God,

let the remembrance of your goodness be always on our minds and the gift of your love forever in our hearts.

Keep us free from sin, protect us in the hour of temptation and guide us with the light of your presence;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


John Calvin (1509-1564)


9th October 2017


The earth is fruitful

may we be generous.

The earth is fragile

may we be gentle.

The earth is fractured

may we be just.

Creating God, harvest in us joy and generosity

as we together share in thanks and giving.


Christian Aid Harvest prayer


2nd October 2017

God of love,
who brought us to birth
and in whose arms we die:
in our grief and shock,
contain and comfort us,
give us hope in our confusion
and embrace us with your love;
through Jesus Christ. Amen.

Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
you embrace us with the arms of love.
In the shadow of death your light shines on us.
We remember before you our sisters and brothers.
May we, with them,
inherit your eternal kingdom,
and rest with you in light and peace.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

God of mercy,
from whom we come,
by whose grace we live,
in whose love we are held at the last:
surround us with your presence
that in our grief and loss
we may find assurance and hope
in the One who died for us and rose again,
even your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

From The Methodist Worship Book


25th September 2017

Grant, O Lord, to all those who are bearing pain,

thy spirit of healing, thy spirit of life,

thy spirit of peace and hope,

of courage and endurance.

Cast out from them spirit of anxiety and fear;

grant them perfect confidence and trust in thee,

that in thy light they may see light;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.




18th September 2017

Though we cannot love you as we ought, O Lord, let us love you as we are able, that guided by your light and kept by your power, we come at the last, into your glorious presence. 


Thomas Ken (1637-1711)


11th September 2017

We offer you our hands, O Lord, to do your work; our lips to sing your praise; a life to proclaim your glory and a heart to serve our neighbour; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Hildegard of Bongen (1098-1179)


4th September 2017

Compassionate God, source of all comfort, 
We pray for the people whose lives have devastated by rain and flood. 
Bring them comfort, we pray. 
Protect the vulnerable. 

Strengthen the weak. 
Keep at bay the spread of disease. 
Have mercy on all those working to rescue the stranded and to feed the hungry. 
And may our response to their suffering be generous and bring you praise.

For we ask it in Jesus Name, Amen.  

Prayer by Christian Aid


28th August 2017

Lord, we thank you for the wonderful summer which is drawing to a close; for the joy of long days, for the sunshine and for the beauty of the world around us.

We thank you for the time and space that has been given to us as individuals and to our families. We are grateful for this period of renewal in preparation for the return to normality and the regular routines which await us. 

We pray for your guidance in the days and weeks ahead so that we can face challenges with optimism, make good decisions and be supportive of others through difficult times. 

May the grace of out Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, now and evermore.



21st August 2017

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wilder seas
Where storms will show Your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.

We ask you to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push back the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

Sir Francis Drake, 1577


14th August 2017


Through every minute of this day,

be with me, Lord!

Through every day of all this week,

be with me Lord!

Through every week of all this year,

be with me Lord!

through all the years of all this life,

be with me Lord!

So shall the days and weeks and years

be threaded on a golden cord.

And all draw on with sweet accord

unto thy fullness, Lord, 

that so, when time is past,

by grace, I may at last,

be with thee, Lord.


John Oxenham (1853 - 1941)


7th August 2017

Faithful Father,
Thank you for your presence with us, all the time.

Thank you for your goodness towards us, all the time.

Thank you for the forgiveness you offer when we put our trust in Jesus and what He did on the cross, so that not even the most desperate circumstances can cut us off from you.

Thank you for the on-going possibility of a new start with bright hope for each tomorrow.

Thank you, thank you Lord,
In Jesus’ name.


By Daphne Kitching



31st July 2017

Creator God,

whose Word, at the dawn of time

gave light

and life;

receive my praise.


Jesus Christ,

companion on the way,



Forgive my self-centredness.


Holy Spirit,

giver of energy and love,

source of grace and courage;

fill me today.


from 'Day by Day' available free from the Welcome table.


24th July 2017

O Love divine, to you we cry in the day and in the night, for you alone can speak to our condition.

You alone can search the mind and purify the heart.

You alone are infinite in love and you alone can flow over our darkness with the ocean of eternal light.

O love divine, to you we cry in the day and in the night.


George Fox (1624-1691)


17th July 2017

Take our bodies, O Christ, to do your work; for here on earth you have no body now but ours.

Take our hands to be your hands, and our feet to walk in the ways of your feet.

Take our eyes to be the eyes of your own compassion, shining out in a troubled world;

for your own mercies' sake. Amen. 

Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)



10th July 2017

O Soverign and almighty Lord, bless all thy people, and all thy flock. Give thy peace, thy help, thy love unto us thy servants, the sheep of thy fold, that we may be united in the bond of peace and love, one body and one spirit, in one hope of our calling, in thy divine and boundless love.


Liturgy of St Mark, 2nd century

3rd July 2017

Faithful Father,

Storms come. No matter who we are, no matter what we have done or not done, storms come.

Please protect us. Reassure us that you are with us in any and every storm; that you will never leave us or forsake us.

May we know the peace of your presence whatever our circumstances today. Alone we would sink and give up. With you we will be strengthened to stay afloat. We will be encouraged to face each day, confident that you are above all things - and that we belong to you.

Thank you Father, in Jesus name.


By Daphne Kitching



26th June 2017


O Love divine, to you we cry in the day and in the night, for you alone can speak to our condition.

You alone can search the mind and purify the heart.

You alone are infinite in love and you alone can flow over our darkness with the ocean of eternal light.

O love divine, to you we cry in the day and in the night.


George Fox (1624-1691)


19th June 2017

Warm, loving Spirit of God;
open our ears, that we may listen in order to understand, not simply to reply;
open our minds, that we may receive new insights into the nature of your love;
and open our hearts, that we may share generously the gifts of your grace.
Thus will we truly be disciples of Jesus Christ, and know the truth,
the truth that will set us free.


Sheryl Anderson, Liverpool District Chair


12th June 2017

A prayer for peace in our world

Make your ways known upon earth, Lord God,
your saving power among all peoples.
Renew your Church in holiness
and help us to serve you with joy.
Guide the leaders of all nations,
that justice may prevail throughout the world.
Let not the needy be forgotten,
nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Make us instruments of your peace
and let your glory be over all the earth. 




5th June 2017

A Pentecost Prayer


Breathe in me O Holy Spirit

that my thoughts may all be holy;

Act in me O Holy Spirit

that my works, too, may be holy;

Draw my heart O holy Spirit

that I love but what is holy;

Strengthen me O Holy Spirit

to defend that is holy;

Guard me then O Holy Spirit

that I always may be holy.


St. Augustine of Hippo (AD 354-430)



28th May 2017

Dear Lord,

Lord, we know you are a unifying God. We pray that we may take your love as the Father, your grace as the Son and your encouragement as the Holy Spirit into our daily lives and be a catalyst for unity within our families and our communities.

Be with those who mourn and suffer at this difficult time. May we reach out with compassion and love.

Help us to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.


(Reflections from 'Transformed Living' by Dave Smith and Ephesians 4:3)


15th May 2017

We confess that we do not always choose to be people of the light.

So often, we try to hide in the shadows hoping our failings will not be noticed.

We fail to accept the light of Christ into our hearts and there is darkness within us.

We fail to reflect the light of Christ into the world.

Lord, be gracious to us.

God, forgive us.

Christ, renew us.

(from The Easter Offering Service 14th May 2017, Shine Like Stars)


8th May 2017

Look upon us, O Lord,
and let all the darkness of our souls
vanish before the beams of thy brightness.
Fill us with holy love,
and open to us the treasures of thy wisdom.
All our desire is known unto thee,
therefore perfect what thou hast begun,
and what thy Spirit has awakened us to ask in prayer.
We seek thy face,
turn thy face unto us and show us thy glory.
Then shall our longing be satisfied,
and our peace shall be perfect.

(Augustine, 354 - 430


1st May 2017

Dear Jesus,

Help us to spread your fragrance everywhere we go, flood our souls with your Spirit and life. Penetrate and possess our whole being so utterly that our lives may only be a radiance of yours. Shine through us and be so in us that every soul we come in contact with may feel your presence in our soul. Let them look up and see no longer us but only Jesus.

Stay with us and then we shall begin to shine as you shine, so to shine as to be light to others. The light, O Jesus, will be all from you. None of it will be ours. It will be your shining on others through us.

Let us thus praise you in the way you love best by shining on those around us. Let us preach you without preaching not by words, but by our example by the catching force the sympathetic influence of what we do the evident fullness of the love our hearts bear to you.

Mother Teresa


24th April 2017

O LORD God Almighty, Father of angels and men, we praise and bless your holy name for all your goodness and loving kindness to humanity.

We bless you for our creation, preservation, and for your unceasing generosity to us throughout our lives; But above all, we bless you for your great love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ.

We bless you for bringing us safe to the beginning of a new day. Grant that this day we fall into no sin, Neither run into any kind of danger. Keep us, we pray, from all things hurtful to body or soul, and grant us your pardon and peace, So that, being cleansed from all our sins, we might serve you with quiet hearts and minds, and continue in the same until our life's end, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer.


John Wesley (1703-91)


17th April 2017


Heavenly Father,
Parting from our loved ones is difficult. We long to be together, but sometimes it isn’t possible and we don’t always understand. The disciples must have wanted Jesus to stay with them, after the joy of the resurrection and those wonderful reunions. And yet you knew that it was better for them - and for us - that Jesus returned to you so that He could send His Spirit to live in us, to comfort and strengthen us and to work through us.

Thank you that even though human parting is inevitable, because of Jesus eternal life is freely offered to those who trust in Him. And while we are here on earth you promise never to leave us or forsake us.

Thank you, Father, for your love - and your bigger picture!
In Jesus name.

by Daphne Kitching

10th April 2017 - A Prayer for Holy Week

Lord, you've guided us through the difficult days of Lent, encouraging us along the way.

We pray as we move towards the darkest day, that you'll not forsake us but remind us of our Saviour's ultimate gift and promise of new, abundant, eternal life for all who believe and trust in him, your precious son, Jesus. 



3rd April 2017

O Lord, who hast mercy upon all, take away from me my sins,
and mercifully kindle in me the fire of thy Holy Spirit.
Take away from me the heart of stone,
and give me a heart of flesh,
a heart to love and adore thee,
a heart to delight in thee,
to follow and to enjoy thee,
for Christ's sake.


(Ambrose of Milan, c 339-97)



27th March 2017

Everywhere I walk

Let it be on Your path.

Everything I see

Let it be through your eyes.

Everything I do

Let it be Your will.

Every hardship I face

Let me place in in Your hands.

Every emotion I feel

Let it be Your spirit moving in me.

Everything I seek

Let me find it in Your love.

My Dear God

I thank You for this day.

I ask not to know where I am going,

I ask only to know and feel

in the depths of my heart and soul

that You are with me,

that You are guiding me,

that I am safe

in the protection of Your loving care.

In Jesus' name I offer myself to You.



author unknown


20th March 2017

May today there be peace within.

May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.

May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.

May you be content knowing you are a child of God.

Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.


St. Theresa


13th March 2017

Gracious and holy Father,
please give me:

intellect to understand you;
reason to discern you;
diligence to seek you;
wisdom to find you;
a spirit to know you;
a heart to meditate upon you;
ears to hear you;
eyes to see you;
a tongue to proclaim you;
a way of life pleasing to you;
patience to wait for you;
and perseverance to look for you.


St Benedict (480-547)


6th March 2017 (from http://www.methodist.org.uk)

Forgive us Lord for our apathy,
for our lack of courage to speak out.
Forgive us when we walk past and don't offer help.
Forgive us when we get it wrong.

We confess that we are afraid -
we don't want to overcome our hidden doubts and prejudices
in order to be alongside those who are different from ourselves.
We ask that you would lead us into action:
give us strength to be a voice crying for justice and peace.
Help us to step into another person's shoes,
or if they have no shoes
then not to be afraid to take off our own,
peel off our preconceptions and assumptions,
uncurl and spread out our toes, and
tread in their footprints.

May we be a liberating presence
and offer love, compassion and whatever is needed
to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God.



27th February

Lord, we ask for your guidance as we enter the season of Lent. 

Help us to commit to a time for prayer and solitude, where we can focus on the grace of simplicity.

We ask that we may be generous of heart and spirit with all those that we meet.

As we pray for spiritual renewal, help us to daily travel closer to you.



20th February

with thanks to Erica Hartley for the opening prayer she shared at St Andrew's last week:


Lord, we have come to spend this time with you,

away from the busyness of our lives.

We once again ponder what you do and how amazing you are

The great creator of this world.

We will wonder again at your love for us.

You love each one of us, from the youngest to the oldest.

It doesn’t matter what our hair colour is or how we have dressed

What we did yesterday or will do tomorrow

You love us anyway.

Your love is perfect, pure and constant.

You are always with us to protect and guide

and we can always come and talk with you in prayer.

Your love never fails.

But sometimes we disappoint you, and do things wrong

We don’t care for your world as we should, we damage and spoil your creation.

We upset other people by the hurtful things we say or not helping when we should.

We remember the bad things people around us do and not the good.

We tell lies and avoid the truth to help us feel better for a short time.

But in the end we hurt others and ourselves.

Lord Forgive us

But there is good news for us. God loves the world so much, he loves us all so much, that he sent his only Son, Jesus to die on the cross, so that any one of us who believes in him shall not die but have eternal life.

Thanks be to God.



13th February 



Help us to follow the example of your love as we daily interact with one another.

Guide us to be patient and kind in times of disagreement or misunderstanding.

Help us to treat those we meet with respect and to walk humbly with you.

Help us to carry out you word Lord, and to invite others to share in your endless love which always protects, always trusts, always hopes and always perseveres.



6th February 2017

Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

St. Patrick


29th January 2017

We pray for all those who are currently struggling with ill health and frailty. We think of the members of our church family currently unable to join us and ask, Lord, that you will comfort them with the knowledge that they are all in our prayers, our thoughts and our hearts.

We think of all those who are bereaved. Give them strength, Lord, as they adjust to their loss. Help us to show the grieving families the love and compassion which we learnt from you.



22nd January 2016

Make Me an Channel of Your Peace 

Lord, make me an channel of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith,
Where there is despair, hope,
Where there is darkness, light,
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much
seek to be consoled as to console,
not so much to be understood as to understand,
not so much to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
it is in dying that we awake to eternal life.


St. Francis of Assisi


15th January 2016

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change; 
courage to change the things I can; 
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time; 
enjoying one moment at a time; 
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; 
taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it; 
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will; 
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next. 

Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)


8th January 2017

Dear Lord,

As we think of The Magi following the star across the desert to Bethlehem, we pray that we may follow your light in our daily lives.

In matters great and small, help us to journey on faithfully towards truth, justice and love.



1st January 2017

Dear Lord,

As we embark on another new year, we place our hands into yours in the knowledge that you will be our light and our guide.

We thank you for the year that has passed, for the joys and the challenges which have helped us to grow in your love.

Help us to travel with your purpose in mind, daily developing as your disciples.



25th December 2016

Loving God, Help us remember the birth of Jesus, 
that we may share in the song of the angels, 
the gladness of the shepherds, 
and worship of the wise men.

Close the door of hate
and open the door of love all over the world. 
Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting. 
Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings,
and teach us to be merry with clear hearts.

May the Christmas morning make us happy to be thy children,
and Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, 
forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus' sake. Amen.

-- Robert Louis Stevenson


18th December 2016

Thank you Lord for the Christmas festivities that have embraced us in recent days. For the carol services, the Christingles, for the cheery decorations that have long been in the streets and shops and are now in our homes. All remind us that you brought your precious son to earth to be our saviour.

Help us carry the love that you have placed into our hearts into our daily lives. Help our thoughts, words and actions to bring glory to your Holy name.



4th December 2016

We pray for all those who struggle during this season of Advent; for those who have lost loved ones; for those who are alone and for people whose difficulties seem more intense at this time of year. Be with them Lord, and help us to reach out to them with kindness and compassion during the season of goodwill. 



28th November 2016

We thank you Lord for the wonders that touch our everyday lives. We are grateful for the cheery smiles and friendly words which bring light and joy into even the chilliest of days.

As we come together for seasonal events such as fairs, work functions, social events and family gatherings, we cherish our warm memories and place into your hands the many unknown futures.

Help us Lord to maintain a sense of perspective and to secure a place of calm as the busiest of winter months unfolds. 


14th November 2016

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Be with us as the days shorten and the last leaves fall.

As we move towards Advent, help us to reflect your shining light in our daily lives.

We pray for those who have yet to know you Lord. Help them feel the faithfulness and security of Your Love.



7th November 2016: A Prayer to Remember

Lord, have mercy on those that mourn and let them know, they shall be comforted.

We ask for strength for all those who have suffered in conflict, and pray that they may find meaning in their changed lives.

We pray for all those who are currently the victims of war and hardship and also ask that those who support them will be sustained in strength and spirit.

In Jesus’ name,



31st October 2016: An Autumn Prayer

We thank you Lord for the changing seasons and for the beauty of the golden autumn sunlight on the warm-coloured leaves. As daytime shortens, we pray that you will be with all those who feel lonely and isolated. Please help us, Lord,  to reach out to those who need us and provide a hand of friendship which comes from your Love.




24th October 2016:    A prayer for Pudsey


Dear Lord,

We thank you for keeping watch over the people of Pudsey as they go about their daily lives. Thank you for the enthusiasm and dedication shown by many individuals towards their community. We see people contribute to worship, to fellowship, to uniformed organisations, to sporting clubs and to social, cultural and heritage groups. People generously give their time to charity and to local initiatives such as Pudsey in Bloom and the Pudsey Carnival. The light shines through everyone and we are truly grateful that we have a sense of belonging to this market town, to each other and to Our Lord.

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for your shining light of glory.

Be with us always,