Prayer is a way of talking to God, sharing all that we are, and asking for his guidance and blessing in all we think, say and do.  Sometimes, we struggle to find words with which to pray.  Please find following some prayers you may find helpful in the many different situations you may find yourself in.

Prayers for life events

For a first day at work or school

O God, the strength of my life,
make known your will for me in this place:
help me to discover friends among strangers,
to meet opportunities and challenges eagerly,
and to do my daily tasks in your name.
Give me strength to overcome my worries,
and preserve me in your safe keeping,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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Prayers for the world

A simple prayer in troubled times

God of love,
turn our hearts to your ways;
and give us peace.

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Prayers for family life and children

For the gift of children

Lord of life,
you shape us in your image,
and by your gracious gift
the human family is increased.
Grant to N and N the blessing of children.
Fill them with wisdom and love
as they care for their family,
so that they and their children
may know and love you;
through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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Prayers for personal situations

 A prayer for God’s guidance

Almighty Lord and everlasting God,
we ask you to direct, sanctify and govern both our hearts and bodies
in the ways of your laws and the works of your commandments;
that through your most mighty protection, both here and ever,
we may be  preserved in body and soul;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen.

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Wedding Prayers

Prayers are a big part of what makes a church wedding unique. It’s not just the vicar who prays – everyone gets involved.  In the church we believe that God is alive, loves us and answers our prayers.  So prayer is our greatest gift to the couple, and it can be yours too.

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Baptism Prayers

God our Creator,
we thank you for the wonder of new life
and for the mystery of human love.
We give thanks for all whose support and skill
surround and sustain the beginning of life.
As Jesus knew love and discipline within a human family,
may these children grow in strength and wisdom.
As Mary knew the joys and pains of motherhood,
give these parents your sustaining grace and love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Well-known Prayers

 The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.  Amen.

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