The writer of the book Ecclesiastes understood that there is a time and a season for all things. As we approach the end of the great Easter feast we enter a season within a season – the octave between Ascension and Pentecost. This time and space is being given over to prayer, a tidal wave of prayer for 10 days (10th – 20th May). The prayer is simple. Just as the disciples prayed that they would not be left as orphans after Jesus’ departure, so we pray that the Church, and all of Christ’s witnesses, may be given the charisms of Christ to continue his ministry. This is a powerful prayer, one that bears witness to our faith and provides hope that all people may be caught up in the wonder of God – through his Holy Spirit – which is the breath of Christ’s love.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has taken on this octave of prayer as a necessary seasonal renewal for the Church he serves. We are all asked to join in and be open to the power of prayer, to be caught up in this tidal wave. You can access a great many resources on the Thy Kingdom Come website. Simply click to find prayers, meditations, readings etc. I am keen to demonstrate that we are all called by God. Sometimes it is difficult to know how to discern this calling. I do know that the Church must bear witness to Christ’s life, death and resurrection. On Sunday, I hope to demonstrate how St Michael’s is attempting to bear witness to this calling.
Thy Kingdom Come
your ascended Son has sent us into the world
to preach the good news of your kingdom:
inspire us with your Spirit
and fill our hearts with the fire of your love,
that all who hear your Word
may be drawn to you,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Learn more about Thy Kingdom Come this Sunday at St Michael & All Angels, 8am and 10am. No matter where you are on the journey of faith, you are always welcome at St Michael & All Angels!