Thy Kingdom Come

 

‘Thy Kingdom Come’ invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. What started out as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in 2016 to the Church of England has grown into an annual, international and ecumenical call to prayer.

The hope is that:

  · people will commit to pray with God’s world-wide family - as a church,  

     individually or as a family;

  · churches will hold prayer events, such as 24-7 prayer, prayer stations and

    prayer walks, across the UK and in other parts of the world;

  · people will be empowered through prayer by the Holy Spirit, finding new

    confidence to be witnesses for Jesus Christ.

Pray with us:

Our Father in heaven,

may your name indeed be hallowed.

May your kingdom come, your will be done,

as in heaven so in our nation;

as in heaven so in our fields and cities,

our homes and streets,

our schools and offices, our factories and clubs,

our hospitals and hospices;

as in heaven so in our church;

as in heaven so in our hearts and minds and spirit.

 In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Amen

MARK'S REFLECTION FOR "THY KINGDOM COME 2020"

Jesus taught us to pray “Thy Kingdom come…”

I have not prayed these words so often as I have over the last few weeks, as we have been speaking with each other over the phone. Many of you will remember that over the last few years we have accepted the invitation of the Archbishops to make these words the focus of our prayer between Ascension and Pentecost; for the coming of the God’s Kingdom in the lives of family and friends, neighbours and colleagues that they might come to faith. The Revd Canon Chris Russell, Archbishop of Canterbury’s Advisor on Evangelism and Witness writes:

When we pray ‘Come Holy Spirit’ during Thy Kingdom Come 2020 we pray in the specific context of the COVID crisis, with all that we face, all that is unknown and all we are helpless before.

In these 11 days we pray for the Spirit to work significantly in those who don’t follow Christ, that they might encounter his love and peace and make the best decision anyone can ever make – become followers of Jesus. And that they in turn would come to give their lives in service of the Kingdom of God.

But however important prayer is we know the pray-er is called to action. So, this year we will be encouraging all not simply to pray that friends and family, colleagues and neighbours might encounter the love of God in Christ, but that they would experience that love in action. 

This year we will once again encourage every person taking part to pray for 5 others who don’t know the love of Christ and then to resolve to invite them along to something appropriate once our church buildings are reopened. All this prayer is reliant and expectant that the Holy Spirit would draw more and more to encounter God’s love in Christ, so we might be and bring the difference in the world he sends us to stake everything on.

You’ll find lots of ways to engage with this year’s ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ here:

https://www.thykingdomcome.global/stories/thy-kingdom-come-2020-plans-year

We also really like the prayer and bible reading resources at Lectio 365, you can find them here:

https://www.24-7prayer.com/dailydevotional

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