Thy Kingdom Come: Let’s join together in prayer, 31st May – 9th June

Thy Kingdom Come

This morning, Duncan invited us as individuals, families, friends, and church groups to become involved together in the Thy Kingdom Come   initiative

Thy Kingdom Come is a movement of prayer, begun by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in 2016. It calls people to a focused time of prayer between the festivals of Ascension and Pentecost (May 31st to June 9th 2019), for people to hear and respond to the Good News of Jesus Christ.

We are all invited to pray, whether individually or in a group, for people we know who are struggling, asking God to bless them, help them, and enable them to encounter Jesus.

Here’s the video we saw in church this morning about Thy Kingdom Come  There are other helpful videos here.

There’s a guide to the nine days of prayer  - a  novena – here.    (A novena is ‘an ancient tradition of devotional praying in Christianity, consisting of private or public prayers repeated for nine successive days or weeks.’ And there’s a ‘Prayer journal’ here.

The text accompanying the Novena says: Ascension is the day when we remember Jesus’ return to heaven after his resurrection, and Pentecost is when we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Jesus’ disciples – often known as the ‘birthday of the Church’. The nine days between these two key celebrations offer us an opportunity for prayer and reflection as we long for that gift of the Holy Spirit for ourselves and our communities.

In this in-between time, we invite you to pray with us, “Thy Kingdom Come” – that the Holy Spirit would come and bless and challenge us to witness to God’s life-changing work.

When we came to prepare this year’s Novena, we felt drawn to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s Gospel. As we explored deeper in and around the Sermon, we found so many passages that speak of God’s love and care for even the smallest details of our lives – and of the ways in which Jesus challenges our attitudes, priorities and perceptions.

This little booklet is your invitation to explore for yourself, through art and prayer, this dual message of love and challenge. As you do so, know that you are part of the global Thy Kingdom Come family, seeking God’s transformation for yourself and those you meet. Join with us as we pray together “Come Holy Spirit: Thy Kingdom Come” – and may our waiting and praying open our hearts afresh to God’s possibilities.

And here’s a letter from the outgoing Moderator of the General Assembly, Susan Brown

 

Thy Kingdom Come Global Prayer Initiative:

Ascension Day to Pentecost Sunday 2019 (30 May – 9 June)

 

Dear All,

 

In November of last year I had the opportunity to meet with the Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace in London. A significant part of the meeting was focussed on the Church of Scotland formally partnering in the Thy Kingdom Come Global Prayer Initiative

In a Joint Statement, signed with the Archbishop of Canterbury, we recalled that in the Columba Declaration (2016) our two churches had ‘made a commitment to strengthen our partnership in mission and to pray for and with one another’. Equally, we reaffirmed ‘our personal commitment to partnership in prayer’. I was delighted to be able to do so because in my own ministry at Dornoch Cathedral we have actively participated in Thy Kingdom Come in previous years. So, when I signed the Joint Statement to state that: ‘The Church of Scotland now commits to encouraging all its parishes and people to join in Thy Kingdom Come in 2019 and beyond’, I found myself affirming what I had previously sensed God calling us to do in the place of my own ministry. Equally, in seeking to encourage every parish in the Church of Scotland to consider participating in Thy Kingdom Come in 2019, I am commending a Global Prayer Initiative that I know has touched the lives of many.

Since its launch in 2016 Thy Kingdom Come has grown into a worldwide movement of prayer in which, between Ascension Day and Pentecost, Christians everywhere have been encouraged to pray for the empowerment of the Holy Spirit so that we can be effective in our witness and for people to come to faith in Jesus Christ. So far, Christians from 65 different denominations and 114 countries have joined in praying, each in their own way, for the spread of the Gospel and in Scotland we stand with the Scottish Episcopal Church in their support for Thy Kingdom Come.

In 2019, Thy Kingdom Come takes place from Ascension Day to Pentecost Sunday: 30 May – 9 June. In anticipation of this, can I ask you to consider signing up to “Pledge2Pray” as an individual and as a church in order that together we will see God’s Kingdom Come’

Thank you for taking the time to read this and please do consider what you might be able to do in the place where you are.

Wishing you every blessing,

Susan Brown

 

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