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Prayer

Prayer is at the heart of our life as a church. When we pray, we communicate with God through our words, our actions, or in our hearts. Our latest Cycle of Prayer is available from the grey 'Resources' box on the left.

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Topical Prayers 
Children and Education
Climate change
CofE prayer feeds
Cycle of Prayer
Farmers
Gaza
Iraq
Latvia
MenUnited
Parishes
Retreats
Praying via phones and tablets
Spirituality
Staff prayer resources
Sudan and South Sudan
Syria
 

Topical Prayers

Updated ListingA Prayer for Peace
Compassionate God and Father of all,
we are horrified at violence
in so many parts of the world.
It seems that none are safe, and some are terrified.

Hold back the hands that kill and maim;
turn around the hearts that hate.
Grant instead your strong Spirit of Peace - 
peace that passes our understanding
but changes lives, 
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Click here for topical prayers from the CofE.

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Children and Education

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Climate Change

Bishop Nicholas, as C of E lead for the environment, and Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of Cape Town, the Anglican Communion's lead for the environment, are praying and fasting for the climate on the first day of every month. They are asking people to consider joining them and Christians across the world. Learn more at www.prayandfastfortheclimate.org.uk

Spirit of God, You established the dance of Creation;
bring life out of death
bring order out of chaos.
Call us to radical action:
  to care for the web of Creation
  to share our resources justly
  and to work for the renewal of our Mother, Earth.
Amen.

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CofE prayer feeds

Church of England Daily Prayer Feeds provided by the official Church of England web site, © The Archbishops' Council of the Church of England
Common Worship Morning Prayer 
Common Worship Evening Prayer 
Common Worship Night Prayer 
All these services 

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Cycle of Prayer

  • The diocesan Cycle of Prayer is issued every three months and covers all aspects of the work of the Diocese. Download the latest edition from the 'Resources' box on the left
  • For more information on the Cycle, click here 
  • Send prayers for publication to the Bishop’s Liturgical Assistant, Bridget Trump:
    01722 334031, liturgical.assistant@salisbury.anglican.org 

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Farmers

The Arthur Rank Centre, a Christian Charity, has asked people to remember dairy farmers in their prayers, especially in the context of the fall in milk prices.

Loving God, we give you thanks for all the food that is produced for us by farmers every day. We thank you especially for milk, a vital food, which we don't always fully appreciate. We pray for dairy farmers and the particular pressures that they face at this present time. We remember farmers under pressure because of low prices and late milk payments, may they know the peace of your presence. May we consumers never take our food for granted and may we value and support those who work tirelessly to feed us.
This we ask in Jesus name, Amen.
 

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Gaza

Christian Aid Prayers for Gaza and Israel

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Lord God of compassion,
whose will is for peace built on righteousness,
we pray for peace in Gaza and Israel:
for an end to hostilities,
for comfort and help for all who suffer,
and for reconciliation between Palestine and Israel,
through Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.
Amen.

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Iraq

We have not forgotten.
Latest news via 'Global Call to Prayer' on Facebook
Christian Aid Prayers for Iraq here
 

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Latvia

The Diocese of Salisbury has been twinned with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Latvia since the late 1980s. Click here for the page: there are prayers at the bottom.

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MenUnited

A network of praying men, based in Wiltshire. Events happen periodically.
Updated ListingLatest prayer letter here 

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Parishes

Year of Prayer in Salisbury
Click here for a poster

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Retreats

  • The Diocese is associated with a number of retreat houses throughout Wiltshire and Dorset, including Hilfield Friary.
  • Click here for the Events page

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Praying via phones and tablets

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Spirituality

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Staff prayer resources

Click here for a page with creative resources from staff prayers on Wednesday mornings.

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Sudan and South Sudan

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Pray that the agreement will hold and the ceasefire will take effect more widely. Pray for an end to the conflict in areas where the ceasefire has not been implemented. Pray for those made homeless and in desperate need of food, clean water and sanitation. Pray that the second round of peace talks due to begin on Friday take place and lead to a deeper and wider peace.

A Prayer by Brother Trevor Huddleston, CR
G
od Bless Africa;
Guard her children;
Guide her leaders
And give her peace, for Jesus Christ's sake.
Amen

Prayer is central to our link with the church in Sudan. Often, the first things that we are asked for in any situation are prayers, given in a true spirit of fellowship.

We operate a diocesan-wide prayer network which works via e-mail. Regular monthly prayer requests are sent to anyone who would like to receive them. If you would like to join our prayer network or log a prayer request, contact the prayer co-ordinator by e-mailing sudan.prayer@salisbury.anglican.org 

For the prayer page, click here 

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Syria

A Prayer for Reconciliation in Syria
God of history,
Witness of the struggles within families;
we pray for the divided family of Syria
as brother fights against brother,
and sister rejects sister.
We pray for those whose love of neighbour
has been destroyed in the bitterness of enmity.
May fear be submerged in compassion.
May distrust be diluted by hope,
as a vision of peace illuminates
darkened minds and hate-filled hearts.
We pray in the name of Christ,
our source of light and love.
Amen.

Latest news via 'Global Call to Prayer' on Facebook 
More prayers for Syria here 

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You may like to pause for a moment, whatever you are doing, and remember God’s presence with you now.

What is before us in life we know not, but this we know:
That all things are ordered with unerring wisdom and unbounded love by You, our God. Grant us all in things to see Your hand;
Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.
- Charles Simeon

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