A Quiet Day: 
‘Bend an ear, God’

A Quiet Day:

‘Bend an ear, God’ (Psalm 86.1)


Saturday 22 August, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Either online or in the Chapter House
Led by Canon Chris Palmer


Five months from the start of lockdown, this day is a chance to bring to God the feelings, responses, and questions that coronavirus, illness, and lockdown have raised in us – and to continue to integrate them into our living with and for God.

There are two ways of joining in the day:

  • In the Chapter House and using space in the Cathedral, Green, or city for times of silence – up to ten people, socially distanced
  • Online – joining the talks on Facebook live, and finding space at or near your homes for prayer – no limit on numbers

To reserve your place, either in the Chapter House or online, please use the link below:

Both online and in-person tickets are free, but if you are able to make a donation of £5, this will help cover our costs at a financially challenging time for the Cathedral. A collection plate will be available on the day for those attending in person. If you are attending online, you can donate using the link below. Thank you.



10.00am: Arrive/register – grab a coffee from Salcombe Dairy caravan if you wish, or bring your own. Gather in Cloister Garden

10.30am: Opening worship and first address, in the Chapter House and online. ‘Pay attention, God, to my prayer’ (Psalm 86.6)

11.00am: Silence

12.15pm: Lunch – packed lunches, socially distanced in the Cloister Garden or Green

1.15pm: Eucharist in the Lady Chapel

2.00pm: Second address: ‘I call to you, confident that you’ll answer’ (Psalm 86.7)

2.15pm: Silence

3.30pm: Closing worship and closing address ‘Undivided, I’ll worship you in joyful fear’ (Psalm 86.12)

4.00pm: Close. Grab another drink or ice cream from Salcombe Dairy at the end of the day.


In preparation for the day, you might like to reflect on Psalm 86, here in the version from The Message:

Bend an ear, God; answer me.

    I’m one miserable wretch!

Keep me safe—haven’t I lived a good life?

    Help your servant—I’m depending on you!

You’re my God; have mercy on me.

    I count on you from morning to night.

Give your servant a happy life;

    I put myself in your hands!

You’re well-known as good and forgiving,

    bighearted to all who ask for help.

Pay attention, God, to my prayer;

    bend down and listen to my cry for help.

Every time I’m in trouble I call on you,

    confident that you’ll answer.

There’s no one quite like you among the gods, O Lord,

    and nothing to compare with your works.

All the nations you made are on their way,

    ready to give honor to you, O Lord,

Ready to put your beauty on display,

    parading your greatness,

And the great things you do—

    God, you’re the one, there’s no one but you!

Train me, God, to walk straight;

    then I’ll follow your true path.

Put me together, one heart and mind;

    then, undivided, I’ll worship in joyful fear.

From the bottom of my heart I thank you, dear Lord;

    I’ve never kept secret what you’re up to.

You’ve always been great toward me—what love!

    You snatched me from the brink of disaster!

God, these bullies have reared their heads!

    A gang of thugs is after me—

    and they don’t care a thing about you.

But you, O God, are both tender and kind,

    not easily angered, immense in love,

    and you never, never quit.

So look me in the eye and show kindness,

    give your servant the strength to go on,

    save your dear, dear child!

Make a show of how much you love me

    so the bullies who hate me will stand there slack-jawed,

As you, God, gently and powerfully

    put me back on my feet.

The Message is copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson.