Defend us, O Lord, with your heavenly grace, that we may continue yours for ever and daily increase in your Holy Spirit more and more, until we come to your everlasting kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Book of Common Prayer (1552)


Jesus, the first and last
First light, first thought – Jesus, be with me;
I do not go into this day alone.
Words, tasks, challenges – Jesus guide me;
I look to you for direction, wisdom, compassion.
Doubts, tears, stumbles – Jesus uphold me;
I am weak but you are strong.
Joys, laughter, opportunities – Jesus bless me;
I am thankful for your grace.
Family, friends, neighbours – Jesus touch them;
I name each one before you.
Last light, last thought – Jesus, be with me;
I hold onto you in the long reaches of the night. Amen.

Jill Baker, Vice-President, of the British Methodist Conference 2017/2018