Prayer & Reflection - Videos
I am delighted to launch our weekly prayer video. A short 2 -3 minute video supporting you to bring prayer into your schools and communities.
Each week they will be read by a member of the clergy, a Bishop’s Visitor or a diocesan team member. Please feel free to use them in whatever way best fits your needs; put them on your website, use them in collective worship – whole school or class - send them out as part of your home learning package or use them at the beginning or ends of meetings as a reflection. It’s entirely up to you!
As the library builds you should be able to find a prayer for all sorts of situations.
We really hope they’re a help
Transcription of Revd Matt's Prayer
LORD Jesus, Light of the World. Thank you that you are the light that pushes out darkness.
Thank you that we don’t need to be afraid of the dark or fearful at this difficult time, because you promise to give us the light of life.
Thank you that each one of us is so deeply loved by you; that you would call us your precious children.
Thank you that the light of your love always wins over darkness.
Jesus, you look at each one of us and say that we are the light of the world too. Help us to shine out to others by being good friends, good pupils, good teachers and staff, good brothers and sisters, good neighbours. Good, because we love others as you love us.
Help us to not hide away our light by holding back from doing the right thing. Help us to care for those who are lonely and hurting in our schools, our homes and neighbourhoods.
Help us to speak up against things that are wrong and to be quick to say sorry and forgive when we and others get things wrong.
And may our school and community be a beacon of light, of hope and joy as the nights draw in and always.
In Jesus name,
Transcription of Bishop Nicholas' Prayer
Jesus, light of the world - thank you that you’re always with us, thank you for your love and your kindness.
Thank you that you are our light, and that when we pray to you or think about you, you shine our hearts and give us strength and hope.
When things are difficult help us to remember you, help us to look for your light and to be your light for others.
We pray for our families, and for our friends, for our neighbours, for everyone at school, for our churches, for everyone in need - for the world that you have created for ourselves.
Hear us good Lord and give us your light. Amen.
Transcription of Jackie's Prayer
Hello – it’s me again! Jackie WD Diocesan Director of Education of Lincoln and I’m here to share our next prayer with you.
There’s a lot of people worrying right now – adults, young people and children. Things are all very different and we don’t know when they’ll get back to normal.
There are verses in the Bible that talk about worrying – Jesus said
24 Look at the ravens—they don’t plant or harvest or have barns to store away their food, and yet they get along all right—for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds!
25 “And besides, what’s the use of worrying? What good does it do? Will it add a single day to your life? Of course not! 26 And if worry can’t even do such little things as that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?
He also said
“ Come to me and I will give you rest—all of you who work so hard beneath a heavy yoke. Wear my yoke—for it fits perfectly—and let me teach you; for I am gentle and humble, and you shall find rest for your souls;
So, I’m not going to pray today about our worries, today our prayer is going to be a thankful prayer because we can always find things to be grateful about.
If you want to make this your prayer too you can join me in saying amen at the end.
Oh Father, Creator, God we thank you.
For our schools, our classrooms, our bubbles which keep us all safe we thank you.
For our teachers and head teachers, our teaching assistants and helpers, our office staff and cleaners, our caretakers and lunchtime supervisors, for all those who work so hard so that we can come to school we thank you.
For those who look after us at home, for our brothers and sisters and cousin and all in our families we thank you.
For our nurses and doctors and all who keep the hospitals open to look after us when we need them we thank you.
For autumn leaves and puddles and beautiful blue skies we thank you.
For your love for us, your care, your promise to be with us in all our difficulties we thank you.
For each other, our friendships and our ability to look after others, our ability to be kind and giving and generous we thank you.
That there is always hope, always a rainbow to be found, always your promises to lean on we thank you.
Father, creator God, Be with us all so that we may know the comfort of your presence in our lives
In Jesus name
Transcription of Jackie's Prayer
Dear God –
We thank you that where ever we are we can come to you in prayer. In our classrooms, in our homes, in our churches or our playgrounds, you will be listening; thank you.
God, we ask you to keep us safe. We ask this for our families and our friends for teachers and our doctors and our nurses for all those in our homes and communities thank you.
God, we ask you for help to do those things that are right, things that help others, that give support to those who need it.
We are sorry when we have not done those things.
God, we bring you our hopes and wishes our ideas and dreams bless them please and help us to flourish and grow.
God, we bring you our fears and doubts comfort us so that we know that we are never alone.
God, be in our schools and homes and communities today and for always.
In Jesus name, amen.