Thy Kingdom Come: 10th-20th May 2018
Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement, which invites
Christians around the world to pray between Ascension
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 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.
Everything you need to Know about Thy Kingdom Come can be found on their website at https://www.thykingdomcome.global/
Below are some further past examples of what different churches did in our Diocese to participate in Thy Kingdom Come.
"We'd always kept the time between Ascension and Pentecost with the relevant prayers and readings but 'Thy kingdom come' inspired us to take much more seriously this time of waiting on and longing for the Holy Spirit. Each day at 5.30pm we kept a thirty minute vigil in front of the Eucharist, praying to Jesus in his Sacramental presence for the renewal of his church - and especially for an increase in vocations to the priesthood.
I was never alone and often people from the congregation whom I would least expect took part.We did this in the main body of the church so that visitors could see immediately as they came into church and stay as long or as short a time as they wished.
It was a wonderful time of silence, scriptural reading and intense encounter and waiting on our Lord's promised gift."
(Father Rob Mackley, Little St Mary' s)
Prayer stations and daily reflective prayer
' At St Andrew' s Chesterton, we set up prayer stations in the church building and had a half-hour of led quiet prayer each day.The stations were easy to create, with each one offering a reflection and a responsive action for each phrase of the Lord' s Prayer.
The church remains open during the day, and so the stations were available for anyone who dropped in as well as those who came specifically to use them; and they were integrated into the Pentecost Sunday intercessions.The half-hour of prayer was a different form of prayer every day, led by various church members, with the most popular being when we sang together, interspersed with silence.In addition, a few people signed up to receive a daily prayer prompt by email, which suggested a topic and a way of praying that could be used in the midst of daily life.Each of these approaches used a familiar form of prayer - the Lord' s Prayer - and combined it with some familiar and some new ways to listen to and speak with God: we' re excited about being involved again in 2017, and learning more how to deepen our conversations with God' .
(Revd. Bridget Baguley)
Using ideas from the TKC website
' At St. Mary' s Ely we: Opened up the church between 10:00 and 15:00 each day to encourage people to come in and pray. A few people came in at a time - some from work - some as they passed - some specially from home. We had one representative available all the time from one home group and our prayer ministry team.
We created a small number of prayer stations based on the Lord' s prayer - ideas taken directly from the TKC website. Offered an extended ' Open to God' prayer and worship gathering on the evening of Wednesday 11th May. This brought TKC into our regular schedule. Encouraged everyone in the congregations to undertake to pray for five other people on an ongoing basis, and to provide simple ideas (again from the TKC website) to provide reminders to pray throughout our daily and busy lives. We made available leather wrist straps which can have 5 knots tied in them and formed into a bracelet, as a method that can work for some people as an aide memoire for praying for five people.
This widened the initiative to include those who weren' t able to attend one of the specific gatherings.'
(Revd. Chris Hill)