Prayer: Thy Kingdom Come 2017
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are again inviting churches to pray in the week before Pentecost between 25th May and 4th June for the bringing of the Good News of Christ to our nation.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said:
“Jesus prayed at the Last Supper that we, those who follow him, might ‘be one that the world might believe’. We are invited to make a lasting difference in our nations and in our world, by responding to his call to find a deep unity of purpose in prayer.
Prayer is the place where change begins. As the apostles waited and prayed together following Jesus’ ascension, so we pray. That same Holy Spirit that enlivened, excited and enriched the disciples on Pentecost is given to us today also. We live in challenging times and sometimes it is hard to know how to pray. Our prayer for these nine days – “Come Holy Spirit: Thy Kingdom Come” - expresses our need and desire for the healing presence of Christ in the ‘in-between’ places where we find ourselves.
These nine days are a dedicated time to prayerfully wait in the ‘in-between’ time from Ascension to Pentecost. In it we choose to align ourselves with the love of God, so that those around us may come to know more of Him. May our waiting and our praying make us more open to receiving the Holy Spirit and more capable of showing the grace of God in all that we are and do.”
The Archbishops’ hope is:
- for all Christians to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ
- for all of us to have confidence to share the Gospel
- for all to respond to the call of Jesus Christ to follow Him as disciples, to live out the Gospel and to seek God’s Kingdom from day to day
We are proposing that the main thrust for our time of prayer would be:
1. Novena Prayer: Praying each day from Friday 26th May through to Saturday 3rd June using the Novena prayer booklets which will be available in church and post a copy on our website. A Novena is an ancient devotion that consists of 9 days of prayer. Novenas are often prayed in preparation for a feast day or for a specific intention.
2. Prayer around the clock: Have a chart for people to sign up for praying during that hour. The Chart at the back of church will have hour slots. Select as many as you like between 6am and 10pm. You might just manage to pray for 5minutes in the hour or for the whole hour. Could be the time you pray your Novena Prayer
3. Pray the Lord’s Prayer: at 12 midday each day
4. Prayer stations in the children’s chapel to help us pray
5. Praying with Images - Christ Church Chislehurst, Tues 30 May 7pm - 8pm with Susanne Carlsson
What exactly are we praying for?
- For people in our local area or in streets in our parish; see our prayer diary, to know more of God’s love and peace in their lives, home and work
- For 5 people who don’t yet know the love of their Father God through Jesus Christ
- For God’s righteousness and wisdom to come in the corridors of power of Government and local Government and in businesses
- For God’s Kingdom to come in the troubled areas of the world
- For ourselves that we might know the pearl of the presence of God in our lives and express it in all our ways.
The Novena prayer booklet to help us pray through the week can be found as a 1.4Mb pdf below. The paintings are by Caleb Simmons an illustrator based in Canterbury, Kent.
Also available below are prayer ideas for the praying the Lord's Prayer
For more information about national initiatives see www.thykingdom.co.uk