Thy Kingdom Come
Bishop Christopher warmly invites everyone to join him for this year’s Pentecost Service at Southwark Cathedral on 4th June at 6 pm. This celebration will be the culmination of Thy Kingdom Come and will include the opportunity for people to come forward for anointing for the renewal of their faith and witness to Christ. The Kingdom Choir will be leading us in worship, Les Isaac, the founder of Street Pastors, will be preaching and there will be an extended time for reflection and prayer, where everyone will have the opportunity to add a flame of prayer for the mission and evangelism of their church to a flame art installation. Please come and join us in praying for the Holy Spirit to set our hearts on fire, that we can share the love of Christ with our friends, family, neighbours and those in our parishes across the Diocese of Southwark.
What is Thy Kingdom Come?
Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement which the Archbishop of Canterbury is inviting people around the world to join. He is calling on Christians to pray that people might know Jesus Christ during a focused time between Ascension and Pentecost from 25th May – 4th June 2017.
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 transformed through prayer by the Holy Spirit, finding new confidence to be witnesses for Jesus Christ.
“In praying ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ we all commit to playing our part in the renewal of the nations and the transformation of communities.” Archbishop Justin Welby
How did it begin?
In May 2016 the Archbishops of Canterbury and York invited Christians from across the Church of England to join a wave of prayer between Ascension and Pentecost. This is traditionally a time when the church focuses on prayer, just as the first disciples gathered after they watched Jesus ascend into heaven. It says in Acts 1. 14: “They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus…
The response in May 2016 was astonishing as hundreds of thousands joined in from churches of many denominations and different traditions around the UK and across the world.
For 2017 the vision is even greater. The hope is to see at least 80 per cent of Church of England churches and cathedrals taking part as well as many other denominations and the churches of the world-wide Anglican Communion. Leaders from Churches Together in England, including Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, Baptist and Methodist churches, Free churches and Orthodox churches, to name but a few, have all signalled their support.
It’s not complicated – the Archbishop’s invitation is simplyasking people to pray in whatever way they want, with whoever they want and wherever they can, that others might know Jesus Christ. Anyone can sign up on the website now and pledge to pray.
‘Thy Kingdom Come’ - Children and youth too!
Follow this link to some inspiring resources. Many of these are free, we hope you find plenty to inspire, feel free to be creative. If you would like help and ideas do contact us. This may be a great opportunity to try something new.
Bespoke resources and information are available from http://www.thykingdom.co.uk/. This includesmaterials to download on prayer, liturgical resources, Novena booklets, a ‘Kingdom Kit’ helping families pray together, details of prayer events, and tips on organising local events. Everyone who signs up to ‘Pledge2Pray’ will receive regular email updates as well as inspiration and encouragement about prayer.
The message will be going out via social media and in the months running up to May 25th we will be using the hashtags #Pledge2Pray and #ThyKingdomCome which we hope will spark a viral prayer response to the project.