Why not visit the Prayer Blog for a daily refection on Luke’s Gospel, using the lectionary reading for morning prayer.

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Covid-19: At a time like this prayer has to underpin all we do in our support of each other, our families, those impacted by reduced hours or even loss of their jobs. We need to pray for the children in the church and their families during this prolonged schools shutdown. Especially we need to pray for those children at risk for whom home life is difficult. The situation may be threatening but we have a God given mission.

Starting on 1 February the Archbishops of Canterbury and York invite us to set aside time every evening to pray, particularly at 6pm each day. “More than ever, this is a time when we need to love each other. Prayer is an expression of love.” A number of resources will be made available at

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4) That is a promise from God – and an example for us to follow.

Let’s continue to love and support each other through these intensely painful times.

— Archbishop of Canterbury (@JustinWelby) 26/01/21

He said: “I pray for our politicians each day, our political leaders, including the Prime Minister, because they’re human, they’re deeply, deeply human.

“There will be things they’ve got wrong, because they’re human.

“Today is a day for solidarity and support, there will be inquiries in the future, that is quite right, but today is for solidarity.

05/11 – At this time when people are once again restricted to being in their homes as much as possible, let us pray for relationships that are struggling, where harmony is hard to find and where children often feel the repercussions of broken relationships. Let’s pray for the broken to be mended, for understanding, listening and grace to be restored. Out of this we pray for renewal.

We pray that this time, with schools still open, children may find a way of sharing their worries and fears with teachers and support staff. Lord, bless those who work with children the gift of listening and understanding, even when a child shows their anxiety and fear through disruptive behaviour.

A prayer for continued discernment in the choosing the next Bishop of Chelmsford

God of provision and care, discernment and knowledge:
lead us in your love, empower us by your Spirit,
and equip us with your gifts; give us hearts full of love for all people,
minds open to the signs of the times, and wisdom to know how to respond
to the voice of your calling;
we ask this through him whose coming is certain, whose day draws near, your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

From the Chelmsford diocesan website

Philippians 4:6

Don’t worry over anything whatever; tell God every detail of your needs in earnest and thankful prayer, and the peace of God which transcends human understanding, will keep constant guard over your hearts and minds as they rest in Christ Jesus.

The New Testament in Modern English by J.B Phillips copyright © 1960

Prayer requests

Suggested prayer activities

Let’s make a rainbow to put in our windows. An activity, not just for the children, but to remind us all of God’s everlasting covenant with us and the fulfilment of it in the sacrifice made by Christ.

If art is your thing – go to for daily readings & reflection with a picture as a focus.

A reflection from Malcolm Guite; Word for the Wilderness page 86.

‘We, who build so many hells on earth, need to know that there is no place so dark, no situation so seemingly hopeless, that it cannot be opened to the light of Christ for rescue and redemption.’ (SE)