Reepham & Wensum Valley Team Churches - at the Heart of the Community

Prayer is powerful. It is a way to speak to God, to worship Him, to give thanks, to ask for help or to say sorry and ask for forgiveness.

Prayer can unite us with other Christians around the world as we pray together or recite the Lord’s Prayer. or it prayer can be unique to us, a single voice communing with God. Prayers can be offered to God in church, at home, at work – anywhere; God is always listening.

Across our benefice, daily prayer and virtual prayer groups meet to pray for people within our benefice, our nation and across the world.

On this page we would like to invite you to leave a prayer. Whether you are praying for someone close to you or issues that affect us all, every prayer is welcome and will be included by our clergy during  morning and evening prayer services. We will be praying for you and encourage you to pray with us and include the prayers below.

If you would like to submit a prayer on our webpage, please email Annabel at parishofficerwv@gmail.com. Prayers can be left anonymously.

Sometimes we can feel stuck for words when we wish to speak with God. We will be regularly publishing Words of Light and Hope from members of our Worship Team for you to use as you wish.

Please note: Whilst all prayers will be received and shared with our clergy team, we may not be able to publish all prayers on the website.

Words Of Light And Hope From Bishop Tony Foottit

Words of Light and Hope from Bishop Tony Foottit

On Thursday, October 4th, in the year 1226, a man died. He was only 44. Just before he died he asked to be laid on the ground to be close to his sister, the earth. His name was Francis. His life is a great example of what it means to…

Words Of Light And Hope From Sue Page

Words of Light and Hope from Sue Page

Words of Light and Hope From Sue Page, Licensed Lay Minister Prayer God of new beginnings In many and varied ways You call each one of us, No matter who we are or where we are on life’s journey. May we listen expectantly, our hearts open to whatever You may be…

Words Of Light And Hope From Tony Hawes

Words of Light and Hope from Tony Hawes

Almighty God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you: pour your love into our hearts and draw us to yourself, and so bring us at last to your heavenly city where we shall see you face to face; through Jesus Christ…

Words Of Light And Hope From Rev’d Judith Sweetman

Words of Light and Hope from Rev’d Judith Sweetman

I still remember clearly my very first hymn book, from infants’ school – as it was then called. It contained about half a dozen simple hymns and had a grey sugar-paper cover which we each decorated. The simplicity and directness of these hymns give a depth of meaning, a truthfulness,…

Words Of Light And Hope From Bishop Tony Foottit

Words of Light and Hope from Bishop Tony Foottit

September 8 is one of the four special days when the Church honours the Blessed Virgin Mary. Our mediaeval ancestors had no pictures, no books, no newspapers and no television. Instead, they used their imagination far more than we do and found, for example, signs of their faith in the…

Words Of Light And Hope From Sue Page, LLM

Words of Light and Hope from Sue Page, LLM

Words of Light and Hope for Trinity 14, Sunday 5th September  I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36 26 Eternal God. In your Son Jesus…

Words Of Light And Hope From Tony Hawes

Words of Light and Hope from Tony Hawes

Sheila Cassidy, born 18th August 1937 (a good year!), is an English doctor, known for her work in the hospice movement, as a writer and as someone who, by publicising her history as a torture survivor, drew attention to human rights abuse in Chile in the 1970's. Sheila writes: The…

Words Of Light And Hope From Bishop Tony Foottit

Words of Light and Hope from Bishop Tony Foottit

  On 13 August the Church remembers Octavia Hill who died on this day in 1912. She was born in Wisbech - the eighth and last of her father’s children. Her great work was to tackle slum dwellings and transform them into decent homes. She was one of founders of…

Words Of Light And Hope From Sue Page, Licensed Lay Minister

Words of Light and Hope from Sue Page, Licensed Lay Minister

Words of Light and Hope From Sue Page, Licensed Lay Minister Jesus, You are always there waiting for me. Sometimes I get bogged down with the concerns of this life. Grant that I may be still more often. To know Your peace, Your calm. But the silence in the mind  …

Words Of Light And Hope For Tony Hawes

Words of Light and Hope for Tony Hawes

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6.35. Be gentle when you touch Bread. Let it not lie uncared for.....unwanted. So often Bread is taken for granted. There is…

Words Of Light And Hope For Rev’d Judith Sweetman

Words of Light and Hope for Rev’d Judith Sweetman

Jesus said to his followers: “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” David Runcorn, writes: “Every day each of us experiences a few little moments that have just a bit more resonance than other moments – we hear a word that sticks in our mind…

Words Of Light And Hope For Midsummer From Bishop Tony Foottit

Words of Light and Hope for Midsummer from Bishop Tony Foottit

SOME MIDSUMMER THOUGHTS St. John Baptist’s birthday coincides with midsummer, six months before Christmas. John Baptist has a whole genus of plants named in his honour. They are called St. John’s Worts. Botanists and gardeners call them Hypericums (health plants). They are called St. John’s Worts because many of them…

Words Of Light And Hope From Tony Hawes

Words of Light and Hope from Tony Hawes

A new book has been written by Michael Battle entitled “Desmond Tutu: A spiritual biography of South Africa's confessor.” What follows are a selection of Words from Archbishop Desmond :- We were made for goodness. We are made for love. We are made for friendliness. We are made for togetherness.…

Words Of Light And Hope From Tony Hawes

Words of Light and Hope from Tony Hawes

On 9th June the Church remembers St. Columba, Abbot of Iona, Missionary (521-597). He was a brilliant organiser, poet, song-writer and prophet, spreading the Gospel to Scotland and beyond. The following words are attributed to Columba: Alone with none but you, my God, I journey on my way. What need…

Words Of Light And Hope From Tony Hawes

Words of Light and Hope from Tony Hawes

As Jesus rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power they had seen.  Luke…

Words Of Light And Hope From Rev. Canon Peter Halls

Words of Light and Hope from Rev. Canon Peter Halls

A very challenging Litany from 'My God and My Glory' by E. Milner White Keep me, O Lord from the little, the interfering, and the stupid; from the infection of irritation and anger over nothings; Deliver me, and keep me, O my Lord from all the promptings to decry the person or work…

Words Of Light And Hope From Tony Hawes

Words of Light and Hope from Tony Hawes

Beyond the darkness, there is light. Beyond the griefs and pains of the moment is the promise of freedom for all. Beyond our current distress is the dream of a tapestry through which is woven the rainbow colours of  truth, freedom, peace and love. And in the centre of this…

Words Of Light And Hope From Rev’d Judith Sweetman,  Hon. Associate Priest

Words of Light and Hope from Rev’d Judith Sweetman, Hon. Associate Priest

Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps. …He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were going astray…

Words Of Light And Hope From Sue Page, Lay Minister

Words of Light and Hope from Sue Page, Lay Minister

Jesus said  “I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for my sheep.” John 10:14-15  Prayer ”Lord, May I See You more clearly, Follow You more nearly, and…

Words Of Light And Hope From Tony Hawes

Words of Light and Hope from Tony Hawes

Come now, put aside your busyness for a while, take refuge for a time from your troublesome thoughts; throw away your cares, and let your burdensome worries wait... Take some time off for God; rest for a while in Him. Enter the secret room of your mind, put out everything…

Words Of Light And Hope From Rev. Canon Peter Halls

Words of Light and Hope from Rev. Canon Peter Halls

When I was in my parishes and taking assembly for various schools I thought it would be helpful for the children to learn a prayer they could perhaps remember and use. Many knew the Lord's prayer but I am not sure today how many children (or adults) do. As a simple…

Words Of Light And Hope From Bishop Tony Foottit

Words of Light and Hope from Bishop Tony Foottit

It will be St. Valentine’s Day next Sunday. It’s good to remind ourselves of the actual story of Valentine, which is about far more than sending someone a card. Valentine is not just a saint. He is also a martyr. In the third century AD the Roman Emperor Claudius persecuted…

Words Of Light And Hope From Rev’d Judith Sweetman, Hon. Associate Priest

Words of Light and Hope from Rev’d Judith Sweetman, Hon. Associate Priest

Words from Psalm 42 Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul, And why are you so disquieted within me? O put your trust in God; For I will yet give him thanks, Who is the help of my countenance, and my God. An expression of faith Lord,…

Words Of Light And Hope From Sue Page, Lay Minister

Words of Light and Hope from Sue Page, Lay Minister

[Try saying these words with pauses and silence between the sections once or twice a day]  Words from Philippians 4 4-6 & 8  Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God,…

Words Of Light And Hope From Sue Page, Lay Minister

Words of Light and Hope from Sue Page, Lay Minister

[Try saying these words with pauses and silence between the sections once or twice a day]  Words from Psalm 31 In you, O Lord, I seek refuge; do not let me ever be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me. Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily. Be…

Rev’d Helen

Rev’d Helen

In the darkness of this winter season and through the ongoing pandemic,  Lord we thank you for the light within all our carers, teachers, nurses, doctors, support workers, parents and all key workers. May this light shine so brightly, even when we are overwhelmed with tiredness and our bodies ache.…

Anonymous

Anonymous

A prayer for all those affected by Coronavirus Keep us, good lord, under the shadow of your mercy. Sustain and support the anxious, be with those who care for the sick, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may find comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from…