The nave of St Peter's Church, NottinghamSt Peter's is a place where many have found much-needed silence, away from the rush of the City. Here you can listen to God, discover his presence with you, and find strength to live in the world. Though you may be far away at present, you may like to make use of these prayers. They have been provided for the use of people who, for one reason or another, may not always find the words with which to share their needs with God.

In times of suffering and hurt...

Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer. You have been my shelter, a tower for refuge. I will dwell in your tent for ever, and find shelter in the covering of your wings.
Psalm 61

Lord Jesus, by the loneliness of your suffering on the cross, be near to all who are desolate, and in pain and sorrow; and let your presence transform their sorrow into comfort, and their loneliness into fellowship with you; for the sake of your tender mercy.

God did not say "You shall not be tempest-tossed, you shall not be weary, you shall not be discomforted". But he said "You shall not be overcome".
Julian of Norwich

When we are sorry for what we have done...

You Lord are a God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, full of goodness and truth. Turn to me and be merciful.
Psalm 86

Almighty, ever-living God, whose love surpasses all that we ask or deserve, open up for us the treasures of your mercy. We have put our hope in you, but we often lose our way. Help us to turn to you afresh. Forgive us all that weighs on our conscience, and grant us more even than we dare to ask. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Do not be too downcast by the sin which overtakes you against your will. The Lord looks on his servant with pity and not with blame.
Julian of Norwich

In times of joy and thanksgiving...

I will give you thanks O God with my whole heart.
Psalm 138

We thank you, Father, for all our joy and all our longing. You have given us in this world beauty and love: you have also given us the ordinary, necessary things of daily life. We thank you, Father, not only for these things but for the gift of hope, and for all that reminds us of your promise of eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Thankfulness and prayer belong together... The simple enjoyment of our Lord is in itself a most blessed form of thanksgiving.
Julian of Norwich

As we long for peace, for ourselves and the world...

In peace I will lie down and sleep: for you alone Lord make me live unafraid.
Psalm 4

O God, whose will is to fold both heaven and earth in a single peace; let the design of your great love lighten upon the waste of our wraths and sorrows; and give peace to your Church, peace among nations, peace in our homes, and peace in our hearts; through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ.

The soul is immediately at one with God, when it is truly at peace with itself.
Julian of Norwich
St Peter's Church, Nottingham
Last revised 5th July 1997