From 3rd – 7th June we celebrated Thy Kingdom Come with thousands of other churches and Christians all over the world. People in churches from over 65 different denominations in 114 countries around the world joined together to ‘light up the world in prayer’, committing to praying that the Spirit would inspire and equip us to share the Good News of Jesus with our friends and families, our communities and networks.
It is our prayer that those who have not yet heard the Good News of Jesus Christ and his love for the world will hear it for themselves, and respond and follow Him. Specifically, we were each invited to pray that God’s Spirit might work in the lives of 5 friends who have not responded with their ‘Yes’ to God’s call.
The gift of God is for us all. We simply need to ask. This is prayer. Prayer is the simplest yet most profound practice of opening up our hands and hearts and lives to God.
And everyone can do it. At any time. In any place. And of all the things we could do, I think this is what we need to do more than ever.Archbishop Justin Welby
How were we involved?
We joined in with Thy Kingdom Come in the following ways:
– On the 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th June the Parish Church was open for prayer 9am – 1pm. There were prayer stations for all ages and stages, some for praying alone, others in groups and others with families. There were some stations which represented an area of ministry in our church (pastoral care or the global church) and others which focused on areas of prayer.
– On the 5th June the Parish Church will be open 8am-8pm for a day of prayer with prayer stations, prayer walking routes around the parish and a litter pilgrimage where we prayerfully care for our community.
– We committed to 52 hours of prayer which were covered over the course of the week by church members of all ages and stages.
When speaking in the Trafalgar Square event Cardinal Nicholas encouraged people to engage with the Holy Spirit by comparing him to wildlife he saw on family holiday’s
“Those trees and flowers had deep roots and in a barren landscape they could reach the water.
“That water we can think of as the Holy spirit in our lives – making us fruitful and making us witnesses. For that we need deep roots. We need to know where we are rooted.
“When we gather like this we don’t only see the loveliness of the water but we learn to deepen our roots.”
Pete Greig (author of God on Mute, Red Moon Rising and Dirty Glory) wrote a letter to the UK Church in 2016, encouraging her to wake up and walk tall, pray and work together. You’ll find his wonderful letter of encouragement in full here.