Category Archives: Prayers

Sunday 02/08/20 8th Sunday after Trinity (Proper 13)

You may not be able to come to the church services we are having at the moment so I hope that these are of use for Sunday mornings.  

We’ll be using the psalm, readings and prayers in our services so we will all be connecting.

Psalm     145

Hymn    Guide me, O thou great Redeemer

Reading     Romans 9: 1 – 5

Prayers including the collect and a prayer for nation during this Coronavirus pandemic:

Lord God, your Son left the riches of heaven and became poor for our sake; when we prosper save us from pride, when we are needy save us from despair, that we may trust in you alone through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

© The Archbishops Council 2000

Loving God, as your Son healed the sick and brought good news to the needy be with us this day. Loving Jesus as you taught us to ‘do unto others as you would have them do to you’ be with all the medical staff this day. Loving spirit, your gift is healing, bring your healing fire to our homes, our hospitals and our county, but most of all, be with us this day. Amen

© Carlisle Diocese 2020

The Lord’s Prayer

Reading      Matt 14:13 – 21  

The Grace

Sunday 12/07/20 – 5th after Trinity (Proper 10)

If you aren’t able to come to the services we are currently having you might still like to use the following. Some parts will be used in church so we will all be able to feel that we’re joining together.

Psalm      65

Hymn    Morning has broken

Reading     Rom 8: 1 – 11

Prayers including the collect and a prayer for nation during this Coronavirus pandemic:

Almighty God, send down upon your Church the riches of your Spirit, and kindle in all who minister the gospel your countless gifts of grace: through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen

© The Archbishops Council 2000

Loving God, as your Son healed the sick and brought good news to the needy be with us this day. Loving Jesus as you taught us to ‘do unto others as you would have them do to you’ be with all the medical staff this day. Loving spirit, your gift is healing, bring your healing fire to our homes, our hospitals and our county, but most of all, be with us this day. Amen

© Carlisle Diocese 2020

The Lord’s Prayer

Reading      Matt 13: 1 – 9, 18 – 23

The Grace

Sunday 28/06/20 3rd Sunday after Trinity (Proper 8)

I invite you to join with me and each other at 10.00 to read the Bible, sing a hymn and pray.

I’ll be using the following short service:

Psalm      13

Hymn    Father I place in to your hands

Reading     Romans 6: 12 – end

Prayers including the collect and a prayer for nation during this Coronavirus pandemic:

God our Saviour, look on this wounded world in pity and in power; hold fast to your promises of peace won for us by your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

© The Archbishops Council 2000

Loving God, as your Son healed the sick and brought good news to the needy be with us this day. Loving Jesus as you taught us to ‘do unto others as you would have them do to you’ be with all the medical staff this day. Loving spirit, your gift is healing, bring your healing fire to our homes, our hospitals and our county, but most of all, be with us this day. Amen

© Carlisle Diocese 2020

The Lord’s Prayer

Reading      Matthew 10: 40 –  end

The Grace

Sunday 10/05/20

I invite you to join with me and each other at 10.00 to read the Bible, sing a hymn and pray. I’ll be using the following short service:

Psalm 31

Hymn    The Church’s one foundation

Reading     Acts 7: 55 – end

Prayers including the collect and a prayer for nation during this Coronavirus pandemic:

Risen Christ, your wounds declare your love for the world and the wonder of your risen life: give us compassion and courage to risk ourselves for those we serve, to the glory of God, the Father. Amen

© The Archbishops Council 2000

Loving God, as your Son healed the sick and brought good news to the needy be with us this day. Loving Jesus as you taught us to ‘do unto others as you would have them do to you’ be with all the medical staff this day. Loving spirit, your gift is healing, bring your healing fire to our homes, our hospitals and our county, but most of all, be with us this day. Amen

© Carlisle Diocese 2020

Reading      John 14 1-14

A Prayer for the nation in the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic

Loving God, as your Son healed the sick
And brought good news to the needy
Be with us this day.
Loving Jesus as you taught us to
‘Do unto others as you would have them do to you’
Be with all the medical staff this day.
Loving spirit, your gift is healing,
Bring your healing fire to our homes, our hospitals and our county,
But most of all, be with us this day.
Amen

(taken from the Carlisle Diocese bulletin)

The Jesus prayer

The one thing, that this period of crisis is giving us, is time for silence. I don’t know whether this fills you with joy or loathing. At this time, I’m drawn to the words in 1 Kings 19:11 – 13 where we hear about Elijah who was running away. God was not in the great wind, nor the earthquake or the fire. God was in the sound of sheer silence. But how can we find him?
One way of praying is known as the Jesus Prayer, it’s a simple way of praying, deceptively so because it can have the quite amazing effect of helping us reach that stillness. It’s not an academic prayer, it’s very simple. But it has the effect of helping us to remove any distractions coming into our minds.
The words are: Lord Jesus Christ Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.
I was taught to use it by saying the first half whilst breathing in and the second part on a breath out. You use it on a repetitive basis, over and over again. It can be used throughout the day, any odd moment, whether in a formal prayer time or just in an odd moment here and there.
It’s especially effective in times of stress or when we are suffering in any way. It doesn’t require thought, we don’t feel that we have to prepare ourselves. It gives us a focus so that with the rest of our mind we can be with God, in that deep stillness that is within each of us.
As with all things, practice helps. Why not take a few moments each day to try it out? Sit down with your feet on the floor and still yourself. Make sure that you’re comfortable. Close your eyes. Silently, internally, begin to say the prayer. Listen to it as you say it. Keep saying it and don’t allow distractions to take your focus away. (I find that, if distractions keep coming, then I have to deal with them – write them on a piece of paper, and then return to the prayer.) The prayer should be continued for as long as you feel comfortable. Without practice you may not do it for very long, that is fine. Keeping going each day and it will improve. You may find that you don’t say the whole phrase – indeed some people just use one word, ‘Jesus’. That is also fine.
When you come to the end of saying the prayer don’t jump up and continue on with your day but stop saying the words and sit, quietly, for a short time.
When you’ve been using this prayer for some time you may catch yourself saying it at random times of the day (or night) without any idea of when you started. This feels to me like St Paul’s ‘praying without ceasing’ (1 Thessalonians 5:17) It really is quite remarkable and can have a transformational effect on your life.

An hour at the cross – Prayer on Good Friday

Join with me from 2.00 to 3.00 p.m. in prayer and Bible reading in our own homes.
You might like to have some quiet music in the background throughout the hour, or you may prefer silence.
I suggest that we use the following bible passages interspersed with prayer time or silence:
Psalm 22
John 13: 1-17, 31 -35
John 18:1 – 40
Matthew 27: 27-66
Luke 2: 33-35 and John 19: 25-27

Prayer for Lent – April 20

Loving Father, we come to you at this time of crisis unsure of what is going on in our world.
Help us, as anxious as we are, with all the fears and worries that we have, to lay those troubles at the foot of the cross.
Let us live in the present, dependent on you, knowing that you will not fail us.
We pray this in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, Amen.


Lord, in this time of Lent, when our world has been turned upside down, help us to reflect on your journey towards Jerusalem.
Help us to really hear your message to feed the hungry, comfort the bereaved, visit the prisoners and let the oppressed go free.
Help us to focus on what we can do rather than what we cannot and help us to be inventive in ways we can help.
Hear this prayer in the name of your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen