Methodist Prayer Handbook

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Methodist Prayer Handbook 2016/2017

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The Handbook is arranged as a monthly cycle. You can use the book as a focus for your daily prayer and start the cycle again at the beginning of each month, or just open it at any page.

You could add your own notes in the margins to remind you of things you would like to pray for on particular days.

On the Lectionary pages in the centre of the handbook, suggested readings, hymns and psalms for each day of the year tie in with our online resource A Word in Time.

If you are leading a group or praying on your own you might find it helpful to select just a few of the prayers for the day. You might also want to add prayers for the people listed at the side of the page.

There are general prayers at the beginning of the handbook which you can pick and choose according to your needs or you can just dip in at any page and see what you can find

However you choose to use it you know that this is a resource which is shared by our Methodist sisters and brothers all around Britain and the world.

Methodist Prayer Handbook 2017/2018

Jesus the First and Last

Considerations for submitting prayers and images for use in the 2017/2018 Methodist Prayer Handbook

Deadline for submission has now passed (12 January 2017)

Jesus the First and Last will celebrate the Jesus of history, the Christ of faith and our cosmic Lord; the first word and the last word, which has not yet been spoken. The Handbook will explore how the immensity of Jesus means that we need to experience him in many different ways and be open to the surprises he is yet to show us. It will also explore the depth and diversity of personal Christian faith and experience, and the different perceptions and experiences of Christ found within and across the Churches of the world.

The editor is particularly interested to receive submissions of images and imagery of Christ from around the world, encouraging people from all around the world to share their natural views of Christ and for all to engage with Christology in other cultures.

Noting that 2017 is the 500th anniversary of start of the Reformation and 2018 is the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King, you may be inspired by these quotes from Martin Luther and Martin Luther King:

  • The Bible is the cradle wherein Christ is laid (ML)
  • Anyone who is to find Christ must first find the Church (ML)
  • Like the early Christians, we must move into a hostile world armed with the revolutionary gospel of Jesus Christ. (MLK)

The title of the Handbook is taken from two hymns, Jesus, the First and Last, by Charles Wesley (StF 329) and This, this is the God we adore, by Joseph Hart (StF 67)

Jesus, the First and Last,
on you my soul is cast:
you did your work begin
by blotting out my sin;
you will the root remove,
and perfect me in love.

Yet when the work is done,
the work is but begun:
partaker of your grace,
I long to see your face;
the first I prove below,
the last I die to know.

StF 329, Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

This, this is the God we adore,
our faithful, unchangeable friend,
whose love is as great as his power,
and neither knows measure nor end: 

'tis Jesus, the first and the last,
whose Spirit shall guide us safe home;
we'll praise him for all that is past,
and trust him for all that's to come.

StF 67 Joseph Hart (1712-1767)

Prayers should not exceed 120 words or 12 lines. Shorter prayers and prayers for specific themes or countries are more likely to be used.

When submitting prayers, please give your postal address (so that you can be sent a complimentary copy if your prayer is used), your full name and how you would like to be described (e.g. Jane Jones, local preacher, Townton).

Please do not submit more than three prayers (the editor can only use a maximum of two per author and it pains her to have to bin the rest!).

Please consider that prayers for / from a particular country should include information on specific needs or projects that users of the Handbook can pray for and must be relevant for use from August 2017 to September 2018. Prayers for particular countries are more likely to be used than general prayers.

All prayers must be your copyright.  They can have been used or published elsewhere, provided you have permission to reproduce them. Unless you indicate otherwise, your prayer will become the copyright of Methodist Church Purposes. Extracts from the Prayer Handbook are used under 'Prayer for the Day' on the Methodist Church website and also in Prayer Focus, the Prayer Handbook of the Methodist Church in Ireland . By submitting a prayer, it is assumed that you agree to these additional uses. If you do not wish to have your prayers used in these ways, please let the editor know.

If you use words from another source within your prayer, please indicate that you have done so and give the source, even if it is out of copyright: plagiarism is theft.

Photos / Images  must be your copyright and must be submitted electronically as digital high-resolution files (min 300dpi at print size and ideally JPEG files). We no longer accept prints.

The images can have been used or published elsewhere, provided you have permission to reproduce them. Unless you indicate otherwise, your prayer will be the copyright of the Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes.

Images are reproduced very small (usually 32mm wide) so they must be bold images that will work well at a small size (i.e. no group shots).

If you have any queries, please contact the editor by emailing

Please note that not all prayers submitted can be included in the Prayer Handbook  and many will need editing more or less, depending on how they fit on the page and relate to other prayers in the Handbook.

Deadline for submission was 12 January 2017, however, any contributions for the Handbook received throughout the year are always considered for inclusion where appropriate.


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