Praying and reading the Bible are two of the key ways that we grow as followers of Christ and in our relationship with God. You may have a daily pattern of prayer and Bible reading already, but whether you do or not, here are some resources, links and suggestions that we hope will help.
A Morning and Night Prayer booklet has been delivered to church members who are not online. You are welcome to download it below.
Daily Prayer and Bible Study
Engaging with the Bible and spending time in prayer provide the bedrock for a deepening relationship with God. You may have more quiet time than usual at the moment, or (if you have kids who are now at home 24/7) a lot less than usual, but hopefully one or more of these ideas will work for you.
Morning, Evening and Night Prayer – The daily ‘offices’ have been prayed for centuries and offer something liturgical that become familiar over time. Saying Morning Prayer or Evening Prayer will take around 15 minutes and Night prayer is quite a bit shorter. There are tradition language versions available if that’s your preference. You can find these services – complete with the correct daily psalms and readings already inserted on the Church of England website or in a wonderful app for your smartphone or tablet (search Daily Prayer in Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.)
Reflections for Daily Prayer – Available as a book or an app, Reflections gives you a reading and a short reflection from some of the UK’s leading clergy and scholars. We use this each day in church. Both the book and the app offer the option to set your reading and reflection within a simple morning prayer.
Time to Pray – Just like Daily Prayer, but Prayer During the Day and Night Prayer.
Lectio365 – Developed by the 24/7 Prayer team, Lectio365 is a great app for a contemporary, short time of prayer, thought and Bible reading. Lasting for around 5 to 10 minutes, you can choose whether you read or listen.
Bible in One Year – This is another great option if you have a little bit more time. Each day is themed and includes a reading from the Old Testament, the New Testament and either a Psalm or a passage from Proverbs. After each of the readings, Nicky Gumbel helps us to engage with what we’ve read through his inspiring reflections. This will take between 20 minutes and half and hour and is available online, via app (search BIOY in App Store or Google Play) or you can sign up to have it emailed to you. This is another one that you can choose either to read or listen to – the readings are beautifully read by David Suchet!
WORD LIVE – This is a free daily resource from Scripture Union available online. It is themed each day and includes Bible readings with a commentary. Again, you can choose to sign-up and they will email them straight to you.
London Internet Church – St Stephen’s, Walbrook stream morning and evening prayer each day. They also offer options like light a candle and say a prayer online.
If you are looking on behalf of a relative who isn’t online, you will find daily prayer books for sale in the usual places to be delivered including Church House Publishing. Bible reading notes can be ordered to come through the post from organisations such as Scripture Union and the Bible Reading Fellowship.
Praying about the COVID-19 crisis
You can find lovely prayers to pray yourself or with your family (including children) on the Church of England website.
Twice daily Canterbury Cathedral are posting lovely prayers on their YouTube Chanel: https://www.youtube.com/user/DandCofCanterbury/videos
The C. of E. are posting prayers and podcasts regularly from the Archbishop of Canterbury: https://soundcloud.com/the-church-of-england
Radio / TV…
Songs of Praise’ – Sundays at 1.15pm on BBC 1
‘Prayer for the Day’ – daily at 5.43am on Radio 4
‘Sunday Worship’ – Sundays at 8.10am on Radio 4
‘Daily Service’ – Monday to Friday at 9.45am on Radio 4
‘Lent Talks’ – Wednesdays at 8.45pm on Radio 4
‘Celebration’ (Act of worship) – Sundays at 7.30pm on BBC Radio Wales (iplayer?)
‘Choral Evensong’ – Wednesdays at 3.30pm and the same service is repeated Sundays at 3pm on Radio 3