Prayers


The eastern stained glass window at St James Church depicting The Transfiguration
Here are some prayer suggestions for you to use in your daily lives.

These prayers are also available on prayer cards available from the St James’ church porch.

You are most welcome to come and pray in the ancient church of St James where prayers have been offered for almost 900 years.

St James’ Church is open each weekday morning from 10am to 12 noon.


A prayer to help you relax and be still:

Father, as I turn aside from the busy world
with its clamour and its distractions,
quieten my heart in your presence,
that I may be still and know that you are God,
now and forever. Amen

A prayer of thanksgiving:

Lord God, I give you thanks for all your goodness to me,
for my family and friends, for health and strength,
and for the wonder of the world
but especially today I thank you for ……
You watch over all your people and know what we need;
may I accept both joys and troubles with a quiet faith
and sure joy, through Jesus Christ, your Son. Amen

A prayer of repentance:

Lord God, our loving Father,
you know all my weaknesses and failures,
I come to you with deep sorrow in my heart for ……
Forgive me, accept me, strengthen me. Amen

A prayer if you are anxious or depressed:

Come to me, Lord Jesus, in your understanding love,
when all around me seems dark and uncertain,
when my faith is low and I cannot feel you near,
and I find it hard to pray; come to me then, dear Lord,
as you came to your disciples in the darkest hour of the night,
and let the light of your presence dispel my fears,
renew my trust, and bring peace to my heart,
for your tender mercies sake. Amen

A prayer when someone you love has died:

O God, our help in time of need,
be close to me in my sorrow,
and in your mercy give me strength to keep going.
Help me to trust you whatever happens.
Into your loving hands I commend myself and
the soul of …… , give us peace and rest in you. Amen

A prayer for someone in need:

Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
you promised through your Son Jesus Christ
to hear us when we pray in faith;
bless …… in their special need.
Enfold them in your love and may they know
your presence with them at this time.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

A prayer for guidance:

Almighty God, in whom there is no darkness at all:
grant me your light when I cannot see the way before me.
May I continue to put my trust in you;
that, so being guided and guarded by your love,
I may be kept from falling, this day and all days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

A prayer as you go about your life:

Enable me, O heavenly Father,
to walk with you this day, and every day,
in sure and simple trust,
ever remembering that our small concerns are all large to your love,
and our large concerns are all small to your power;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Psalm 23:

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil;
for you are with me, your rod and your staff
– they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
my whole life long.


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