Methodist Prayer Handbook

Jesus the First and Last

Methodist Prayer Handbook 2017/2018

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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 2018/2019

A World Transformed

Considerations for submitting prayers and images for use in the 2018/2019 Methodist Prayer Handbook

Deadline for submission: 12 January 2018

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2018-2019 Handbook, A World Transformed

The theme of the forthcoming Handbook will be A World Transformed by God's love, inspired by the One Mission Statement of the Methodist Church in Britain (see Through Christ, in the power of the Spirit, we share God's mission, both to renew the created order and to transform lives, communities and nations. Christians and their neighbours are not only subjects of change but agents of change. Individually and collectively we are both challenged and changed by God's transforming love. The gospel of resurrection celebrates the way all things change shape, bringing to birth a new people and a new society and, on a cosmic scale, all things returning to the perfection of God from whom they took their origins.

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 uses 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 2018 to September 2019. 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 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: 12 January 2018, however, any contributions for the Handbook received throughout the year are always considered for inclusion where appropriate.

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