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 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 Jane McLarty

Words of Light and Hope from Jane McLarty

Words of Hope and Light from Jane McLarty How fragile our world seems at times!  We see the reality of climate change playing out around us, we see the destruction caused by war in Ukraine, Yemen, Afghanistan. But we also see constancy and stability, brought home to us recently by…

Words Of Light And Hope From Fran Neale

Words of Light and Hope from Fran Neale

Words of Light and Hope from Fran Neale As we continue to pray for Ukraine and, somehow, a peaceful solution, the people of  Russia need our prayers too - for more truthful information for a start. Alexander Solzhenitsyn wrote this prayer in 1994 but it seems just as appropriate now.…

Words Of Light And Hope From Tony Hawes

Words of Light and Hope from Tony Hawes

Words of Light and Hope from Tony Hawes   The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Gal. 5.22,23.   From the beginning, the Spirit of God has been understood as God in the midst of men, God present and active in…

Words Of Light And Hope From Rev’d Judith Sweetman

Words of Light and Hope from Rev’d Judith Sweetman

Words of Light and Hope from Rev’d Judith Sweetman Blessed are those whose strength is in you, In whose heart are your ways, Who, trudging through the plains of  misery, Find in them an unexpected spring, A well from deep below the barren ground, And the pools are filled with…

Words Of Light And Hope From Sue Page LLM

Words of Light and Hope from Sue Page LLM

Words of Light and Hope  from Sue Page, LLM All life becomes prayer Only in as much as we learn To set aside special moments And special places for regular prayer. The one creates And shapes the other                                            BRF Mysterious God Whose silence speaks louder than words and whose darkness…

Words Of Light And Hope From Jane McLarty

Words of Light and Hope from Jane McLarty

Words of Light and Hope  from Jane McLarty This morning I saw a red kite wheeling over the farm track where Poppy the Jack Russell and I take our morning walk. The forked tail that twists and turns like a    rudder to help the bird manoeuvre in the wind makes…

Words Of Light And Hope From Sue Page LLM

Words of Light and Hope from Sue Page LLM

Words of Light and Hope from Sue  Page LLM Last night, as I was sleeping Last night, as I was sleeping, I dreamt -- blessed vision! -- that a fountain flowed here in my heart. I said: Why, O water, have you come along this secret waterway, spring of new life,…

Words Of Light And Hope From Tony Hawes

Words of Light and Hope from Tony Hawes

Words of Light and Hope from  Tony Hawes. From Cross Purposes by Eddie Askew.  “When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread”   John 21.9. There’s something very earthy and real about Jesus in the Gospels.  Whenever I look at old…

Words Of Light And Hope From Rev’d Judith Sweetman

Words of Light and Hope from Rev’d Judith Sweetman

Words of Light and Hope from Rev'd Judith Sweetman Visiting Burgh next Aylsham church and churchyard recently, I came across an interesting, fairly modern, gravestone commemorating someone who had been an artist. On the front, above the name, was small drawing of an artist’s palette and brushes. On the reverse,…

Words Of Light And Hope From Bishop Tony Foottit

Words of Light and Hope from Bishop Tony Foottit

Words of Light and Hope from Bishop Tony Foottit There have been a lot of primroses along the church path this year.  Their pale flowers reflect the first sunshine of spring. The deeper yellow at the centre reminds us of summer to come. The resurrection of Jesus was discovered at…

Words Of Light And Hope From Jane McLarty

Words of Light and Hope from Jane McLarty

Words of Light and Hope from Jane McLarty Eamon Duffy describes the pre-Reformation celebration of Palm Sunday in his book ‘The  Stripping of the Altars’: the people heard the   story of Christ’s entry to Jerusalem read from John’s gospel. Flowers and green branches of yew, box or willow (but called…

Words Of Light And Hope From Sue Page

Words of Light and Hope from Sue Page

Words of Light and Hope for  Passion Sunday Servant King, Help us to worship you in the way that You served us; By doing the work of a slave, by offering a welcome to strangers, By coming alongside those who suffer And by sharing the burdens of those who struggle. May…

Words Of Light And Hope From Tony Hawes

Words of Light and Hope from Tony Hawes

Words of Light and Hope from Tony Hawes.   Step outside, and taste the air after rain. Try to see beyond the town and city smoke, and see the colours as they really are. Listen to the river, the breeze caught in the trees. Feel the weather on your skin,…

Words Of Light And Hope From Rev’d Judith Sweetman

Words of Light and Hope from Rev’d Judith Sweetman

Words of Light and Hope from Rev’d Judith Sweetman   From: Befriending the Stranger, by Jean Vanier In the midst of all the violence and  corruption of the world, God invites us to create new places of belonging, places of sharing, of peace and of  kindness; places where no-one needs…

Words Of Light And Hope From Bishop Tony Foottit

Words of Light and Hope from Bishop Tony Foottit

Edward King On 8 March the Church commemorated one of my heroes - Edward King of      Lincoln. Edward King was born in 1829. Although a frail child, he grew up strong in mind and spirit. He was ordained, and at the age of only 34 was appointed Principal of Cuddesdon,…

Words Of Light And Hope From Jane McLarty

Words of Light and Hope from Jane McLarty

Words of Light and Hope from Jane McLarty In the light of the events within Ukraine, we put our trust in the God who in Jesus was born into an occupied land. Through the Devil’s temptations Jesus was offered world domination, but replied, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve…

Words Of Light And Hope From Sue Page, LLM

Words of Light and Hope from Sue Page, LLM

Words of Light and Hope from Sue Page, LLM Quote “Prayer is a mystery! But that does not mean it is beyond us!   Lord, We confess that at times our awareness of you is faint; Our experience of You is too often shallow; Our commitment to You can be…

Words Of Light And Hope From Rev’d Judith Sweetman

Words of Light and Hope from Rev’d Judith Sweetman

We all know what it’s like to fall…things go wrong. Bad things happen. Tragedies come our way…This is part of what it means to be human. Descent is one of the realities of existence. But it contains within its harshness the possibility of our flourishing…falling to the dark ground and…

Words Of Light And Hope From Tony Hawes

Words of Light and Hope from Tony Hawes

Racial Justice Sunday  On August 28, 1963, some 100 years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves, a young man named Martin Luther King described his vision. What follows are excerpts from his speech which are still relevant for our cities, towns and countries today. “Let us not wallow in the valley…

Words Of Light And Hope From Bishop Tony Foottit

Words of Light and Hope from Bishop Tony Foottit

Words of Light and Hope from Bishop Tony Foottit Snowdrops have the lovely name of Candlemas Bells, appearing as they do for Candlemas (on 2 Feb). On this day two old pensioners, Simeon and Anna, received Mary and Joseph and their baby son in the temple at Jerusalem. Simeon and…

Words Of Light And Hope From Jane McLarty

Words of Light and Hope from Jane McLarty

Words of Light and Hope from Jane McLarty God is closer to us than our own soul, for he is the foundation on which our soul stands…for our soul sits in God in true rest, and our soul stands in God in sure strength, and our soul is naturally rooted…

Words Of Light And Hope From Sue Page

Words of Light and Hope from Sue Page

Words of Light and Hope from Sue Page Humility The theme of Humility is one that is taken up by Jesus on many occasions….those who ‘exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted! Awareness of our own poverty, inadequacy, need and therefore dependence on God…

Words Of Light And Hope From Tony Hawes

Words of Light and Hope from Tony Hawes

Words of Light and Hope from Tony Hawes. The Wedding at Cana. Those who are tempted to criticise or caricature reverent devotion to the other of our Lord should recall Christ's first miracle - the turning of water into wine at Cana – when Jesus acted to spare the embarrassment…

Words Of Light And Hope From Rev’d Judith Sweetman

Words of Light and Hope from Rev’d Judith Sweetman

When sorting out some box files recently, I came across a card which my mother had written out beautifully, in calligraphy, for my husband Rufus, when he was very ill with depression some years ago (my mother sadly died in 2010). Rufus is happy for me to share this with…

Words Of Light And Hope From Bishop Tony Foottit

Words of Light and Hope from Bishop Tony Foottit

On 1 January we celebrate Our Lord being given his name, Jesus, which means Saviour. Names mark the fact that everyone is different, each with their own gifts and character. Often a surname is the name of a place, or a profession, or a nickname like mine. Foottit may have…

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 Come, O Lover of the undeserving! Who welcomes home The foolish, the fearful and the failure With extravagant celebration!   Come, O healer of the diseased, Who mends the broken, sets free the imprisoned Who soothes the…

Words Of Light And Hope From Tony Hawes

Words of Light and Hope from Tony Hawes

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour. For he has looked with favour on his lowly servant, From this day all generations will call me blessed. The Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.   There were…

Words Of Light And Hope From Rev’d Judith Sweetman

Words of Light and Hope from Rev’d Judith Sweetman

Many Advent wreaths have a fifth and final white candle, which is lit on Christmas Day and which symbolizes Jesus Christ, the one for whom Abraham and Sarah, the prophets, John the Baptist and indeed ourselves have been waiting for so long. It is in Jesus Christ that we discover…

Words Of Light And Hope From Bishop Tony Foottit

Words of Light and Hope from Bishop Tony Foottit

Words of Light and Hope from Bishop Tony Foottit On 30 November, St. Andrew’s Day, our thoughts turn to Scotland, and so to heather. It is heather that clothes the mountains and moors in purple and makes Scotland so memorable a place. Purple or blue is the colour for Advent,…

Words Of Light And Hope From Sue Page

Words of Light and Hope from Sue Page

Words of Light and Hope from Sue Page “A Christian is one who points at Christ and says, 'I can't prove a thing, but there's something about his eyes and his voice. There's something about the way he carries his head, his hands, the way he carries his cross-the way…

Words Of Light And Hope From Tony Hawes

Words of Light and Hope from Tony Hawes

Christ the King.  You are the King of Glory, O Christ, you are the everlasting Son of the Father. Come, Lord, and rule in our hearts, until your Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. Come, Christ our King, and reign over us......   The Kingdom of God…

Words Of Light And Hope From Rev’d Judith Sweetman

Words of Light and Hope from Rev’d Judith Sweetman

Joseph of Arimathea took down the body of Jesus, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid it in a rock-hewn tomb. The women who had come with him from Galilee saw how his body was laid. And on the Sabbath, they rested. Luke 23. 53-56 Stunned, numb, Yet strangely…

Words Of Light And Hope From Bishop Tony Foottit

Words of Light and Hope from Bishop Tony Foottit

Words of Light and Hope from Bishop Tony Foottit Hero worship is a natural part of our human nature. The modern media have carried hero worship to great lengths in the cult of celebrities: stars of screen, radio, sport and fashion. Not every celebrity is a good role-model. Popular celebrities…

Words Of Light And Hope From Sue Page For All Saint’s Day

Words of Light and Hope from Sue Page for All Saint’s Day

Dying is not the end,  it is just the beginning. Death is a continuation of life. This is the meaning of eternal life; it is where our soul goes to God, to be in the presence of God, to see God, to speak to God, to continue loving Him with…

Words Of Light And Hope From Tony Hawes

Words of Light and Hope from Tony Hawes

Words of Light and Hope from Tony Hawes for Bible Sunday For the Christian, the 'Hope' that the Bible speaks of is something in the future, but in order to understand and live more fully in the future, we really need to attend to the here and now, and live…

Words Of Light And Hope From Rev’d Judith Sweetman

Words of Light and Hope from Rev’d Judith Sweetman

As the leaves begin to turn to reds and golds, some late autumn reflections: From Ronald Blythe’s contribution to: England the Four Seasons, by Michael Busselle Autumn is for…having the beach to yourself, for clearing up the summer residue, for re-reading favourite books or starting to write a new one,…

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…