The suggestions here provide some ways to get started with prayer.

Some use familiar words, objects or ideas as starting points. Others take traditional prayers and build ideas for prayer around them.

We hope you find something to provoke, to interest and to get you started. You're welcome to contact us with your ideas and suggestions, and to tell us what really worked for you, and what didn't.

So let us pray, with a thankful heart, for the church and for the world, for our own needs and for the needs of others, following the pattern that Jesus taught us.

Through our love of the countryside,
Through our respect for all God's creation,
Through our care of property, possessions and resources,
Through our concern for the unique detail of each human life,
Through our honesty, integrity and lifestyle:

Our Father in heaven we pray, "Hallowed be your name."
Hallowed be your name.


On farms and in factories where vital work is done,
In our homes and families where we have our roots, and are valued for who we are,
In hospitals and hospices where love and care are generously given,
In colleges and schools where the future is shaped,
In prisons, hostels and refuges where the broken can be made whole,
In shops and offices where trade and commerce flourish,
In palaces and parliaments where policy and plans are made:

Our Father in heaven we pray, "Your kingdom come, on earth as in heaven."
Your kingdom come, on earth as in heaven.


As we seek guidance in the reading of your word and in prayer,
As we walk in the way of your commandments,
As we try to live true to our conscience and
faithful to the hope that is within us,
As we share the story of our faith and seek to win others for you,
As we serve one another in the power of your love,
As we strive for truth, peace and justice for all:

Our Father in heaven we pray, "Your will be done."
Your will be done.


The Lord's Prayer (Contemporary)

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.

The Lord's Prayer (Traditional)

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.

A Prayer for the Church

O God, in whose sovereign power rests everything in heaven and earth, take hold of your church today that, in every parish in this Diocese, we may be led humbly in the paths of holiness and boldly in the ways of witness, that many may be found as new disciples of Jesus Christ and learn to live joyfully in the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.