celtic prayers
A Few Highlights...

Prayers for Peace in a Fractured World
Our newspapers are full of bad news stories, and ineviably it's people who suffer.
Prayers for peace

Early Christian Prayers
A collection of prayers handed down from the early Church
Ancient prayers

Praying through the Celtic year
Prayer resources following the ancient Celtic year.

Blessings & Benedictions
A small collection of contemporary prayers 


Worship Resources

Prayer is at the heart of Christian worship, and has been since humankind first encountered their Creator in a certain garden!

The form of prayer and liturgy used in the major denominations can often be traced back to the early centuries of the Church.

On this site you will find lots of worship resources, mainly centred around our prayer life. There are hundreds of prayers, both ancient/ traditional and those which I have written, often influenced by the Celtic Church. There are also complete liturgies and Bible studies available to download.

It's mainly a free resource, but that doesn't stop you buying an ebook!

John Birch, Kidwelly, Wales


Prayers Themes on the website

There are a whole range of prayers and liturgies on faithandworship.com, ranging from simple blessings through confession, adoration, thanksgiving and praying for the world and its people. There are also seasonal prayers for the important Christian signposts such as Lent and Easter, Pentecost, Advent and Christmas. Be sure to check out the list, as new resources are being added throughout the year.
For more info see Prayer themes.

Harvest Resources 2015

There are prayers and liturgies suitable for Harvest Thanksgiving services, and links to other resources such as videos and handouts that can be used as part of All Age Worship this year - Harvest Prayers : Harvest Resources


Advent Bible Studies

Advent Bible Study

There's a choice of 6 Advent Bible Study Guides, with different themes and approaches available to download as from our online shop.

New for 2015 is 'Preparing The Way' which follows the gospel writer Luke through this year's lectionary readings for year C (but can be used in any year!)

There are familar themes of Second Coming, Salvation, Judgement and Faith, and as always plenty of discussion questions to get folk thinking, and with prayers to begin and end a meeting. The PDF versions print out quickly on A4 paper for your group, or can be viewed on most devices. You only need one per group so they are very economical.

All Advent studies (PDF versions) are £2.99 ($4.55)

To see the full range of Advent Study Guides and look at a sample Click Here


New Bible Study: Jonah - The Reluctant Prophet

Jonah Bible Study

Sometimes it's that fish (or whale) that puts people off the wonderful story of Jonah, but don't let that be a distraction, because Jonah has a lot to teach us about our relationship with God and others, repentance, mercy, anger and so much more!

So put aside your prejudice about this wonderful story and spend a little time looking at what it might be wanting to teach you!

You only need one copy per group as they are designed to be easy to print and distribute. For more information and sample pages Click Here


The Act of Prayer - 700+ lectionary linked prayers

The Act of Prayer

The Act of Prayer is a comprehensive volume of over 700 contemporary prayers written by John Birch and based around themes arising from the Common Worship Lectionary, the three year cycle of Bible readings followed by many churches.

Each set of prayers comprises an opening petition plus prayers of adoration, confession and thanksgiving for each of the Sundays in the church calendar plus extra festival days.

Designed to resource and inspire people leading prayer in church services, this imaginative book is particularly suitable for any who are taking first steps into this ministry, as well as those looking for original prayer material to use in small group settings.

More information here

I call to you, Lord
at the dawn of this new day,
place into your hands
family and friends,
work to be done,
decisions I shall make,
obstacles I encounter,
strangers who pass my way,
the service I shall offer.

I call to you, Lord
at the dawn of this new day,
my rock and my fortress,
my strength and deliverer,
for all I am is yours,
each moment of this day
gifted to me by grace,
and offered in your name,
my offering of praise.


May the whisper
of the Father
be the one that wakens you;
the open hand
of the Son
be the one that raises you;
the prompting
of the Spirit
be the one that sends you,
this morning
and all mornings,
and leads you safely home.


This is your world I step upon
the air I breathe
the food I eat
This is your world I step upon
the sounds I hear
the people I meet
This is your world I step upon
your footsteps
where I place my feet