St Andrews Church, Taunton

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Prayer Resources 

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Prayer during the Day

For use at Home

during Ordinary Time

Making the Most of your Prayer Time

The more we pray together as a church family at home as well as in church the healthier we will be in our faith and more able to serve God faithfully in our lives. If you are not used to having an organised prayer time at home the following pointers may help you. 

    Find the right time of day when you can allow yourself plenty of time and when you are least likely to be disturbed. Make it a rule of your life to spend that time each day, or whenever you can. God is never too busy to listen and is delighted when you want to speak. It’s up to you to make the time!

Be comfortable. You don’t have to kneel – unless you want to!

Find your places in your Bible in advance so you feel organised. It helps to keep you calm and receptive.

Still yourself before you begin. Get your breathing pattern into a relaxed state.

There is no need to pray aloud, though some people find it helpful to speak the words softly.

The headings in the Prayers section are only suggestions. You may wish to develop your own pattern. The cycles of prayer used in church are provided with this booklet. You may even like to write your own cycle, perhaps to pray for your own family and friends.

Like any relationship ours with God is a two-way street. We all need silence if we are to listen to God. A minute or two after the Response and at the end of the Prayers of Intercessions are good times to do this.

If you are worried about distractions keep a pen and notepad near to you so you can write down those concerns that break into your thoughts and come back to them later.

Never stop learning about how to pray better and never be discouraged by feelings of failure – we all have those! God loves us anyway!

                       Prayer during the Day : Ordinary Time



Say quietly to yourself…

I wait for the Lord; my soul waits for him;

In his word is my hope.                                        Psalm 130,4


Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen.

The Word of God

A Psalm followed by a Bible reading – see the back page of this leaflet.


Silent reflection ending with these words:

Christ in you, the hope of glory.

This is the Gospel we proclaim

Prayers of Intercession

Prayers may include these concerns

The universal Church, that she may proclaim the living Lord    The nations of the world, that rulers may govern wisely          The natural world, that we might use creation sustainably        Our community and its needs, that all may come to know  God’s love                                                                                        The needy, that they may know new life                             Other themes from this week’s notice sheet.

     The collect from this week's notice sheet or the following prayer is said:

     God be in my head, and in my understanding;

     God be in my eyes, and in my looking;

     God be in my mouth, and in my speaking;

     God be in my heart, and in my thinking;

    God be at mine end, and at my departing.


    The Lord’s Prayer is said


    The Conclusion

    May Christ dwell in our hearts through faith.



    Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, material from which is included in this leaflet, is copyright © The Archbishop’s Council 2000, 2005.


    Suggested Pattern of Bible Readings

       It is important to read a balanced diet of Scripture. You may wish to use Bible reading notes supplied by organisations such as BRF or the Bible Society. A few like to work through a book of the Bible with the aid of a commentary, although this needs lots of time! Common Worship Prayer during the Day offers this simple weekly cycle…


    Sunday: Psalm 19, Proverbs 8,30-31

    Monday: Psalm 126, Matthew 11,28

    Tuesday: Psalm 17,1-8, Matthew 15,30

    Wednesday: Psalm 48, Habbakuk 2,14

    Thursday: Psalm 133, I Corinthians 12,12-13a

    Friday: Psalm 23, Luke 6,27b-28

    Saturday: Psalm 63,1-8, 2 Corinthians 4,18

    Alternatively you could use the following cycle over 4 weeks…


        Week 1

       Week 2

       Week 3

       Week 4



       Psalm 20



       Psalm 34 

    2 Cor.5,



        John 5,15-   18       

        Psalm 116





        Psalm 49   

       Isaiah 49,


       Psalm 65 




       Mark 4,26-29


       Matthew 25,




       Psalm 16



       Psalm 25

       Isaiah 3    5


        Psalm 36

       John 9,1-5

       Psalm 39





       Psalm 2

       Isaiah 61,


       Psalm 44

       Micah 4,1-4a

       Psalm 45

       Matthew 9,


       Psalm 72,1-8

       John 18,




       Psalm 81



       Psalm 90  

       Isaiah       43,5-7

       Psalm 101

    I   Peter 2,9-10

       Psalm 107,


       John 17,




       Psalm 112

       2 Chronicles


       Psalm   120 

       Isaiah 57,


       Psalm 123



       Psalm 124

       Luke 9,22-25



       Psalm 130

        Isaiah 11,6-9

       Psalm 131



       Psalm 138

       John 11,


       Psalm 139



        Note: The addition of a letter after a verse number indicates a part of that verse


       The readings for next Sunday appear on the notice sheet. You could use these on Saturday to prepare for worship the next day.

    Other Resources

    You can hear the Prayer for the Day (Collect) read aloud on the Church of England website at


    Prayers for use during the current crisis…

    Diocesan Prayer Calendar

    Prayer Calendar - Diocese of Bath and Wells 

    Church of England guidance on Spiritual Communion (making your communion when unable to attend the Eucharist)

    More Apps and Websites

    Church of England Lent App, email.   

    #LiveLent: Care for God’s Creation is the Church of England’s Lent Campaign for 2020. Available as a booklet, emails or an app.

    App: Free


    Common Worship: Daily Prayer 

    Find complete services for Morning, Evening and Night Prayer from the Church of England with this official Daily Prayer app.

    App: Free for use online, small yearly subscription for offline.

    Common Worship: Time to pray

    Time to Pray: Prayer During the Day from the Church of England provides a pattern of prayer and daily Bible reading that is simple yet profound.

    App: Free to use online, small yearly subscription for offline.

    Soultime: a Christian Meditation app

    Soultime is a Christian meditation app for daily meditations, relaxation and anxiety relief.

    App: some content is free, a subscription is required to access all content

    Sacred Space app and website

    Spiritual freedom, a deeper relationship with Jesus, and

    finding God in all things are three basic precepts of Ignatian Spirituality.


    App: Free

    Lectio 365

    Lectio 365 is a daily devotional resource that helps you pray the bible every day.
    App: Free

    Northumbria Community

    On-line versions of Celtic daily prayer: Morning, midday, evening and compline.


    Pray as you go app and website

    Designed to be accessible wherever you are, this includes music, scripture and questions for reflection.


    App: Free to download

    Centering prayer:

    Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us.

    App: Free


    Organise your prayer life with this straightforward and distraction-free app.

    App: Free to download


    Growing with God leaflet:

    How can I Contribute leaflet:


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