Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. What started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer. This blogpost reminds us of the importance of this Easter prayer which is situated between Ascension and Pentecost.
During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, it is hoped that everyone who takes part will
- Deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ
- Pray for God’s spirit to work in the lives of those they know
- Come to realise that every aspect of their life is the stuff of prayer
After the very first Ascension Day the disciples gathered with Mary, constantly devoting themselves to prayer while they waited for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Like them, our reliance on the gift of the Holy Spirit is total – on our own we can do nothing.
Through the centuries Christians have gathered at that time to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit. ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ picks up this tradition. Over the past three years more and more worshipping communities have dedicated the days between Ascension and Pentecost to pray ‘Come Holy Spirit’.
Please join in! Here is a prayer to help:
O God, who in Jesus gave us an example of how to embrace pain and opposition, as we enjoy both sun and rain
from our common humanity help us to pray intently for the redeeming and blessing of our blue and green planet.
In Jesus’ name,
On Ascension Day, Thursday 30th May, we will be celebrating the Eucharist at 10am and 8pm. The choir will be singing in the evening. Do come and mark this important event and pray, Thy Kingdom Come….