The Dean & Cathedral Council have decided to join the 'Thy Kingdom Come' global prayer movement, spons9ored by Archbishops of Canterbury & York, in the UK.
During the period between Ascension Day and Pentecost Christians around the world as asked to pray for more people to come to know Jesus.
The Archbishops began the first 'Thy Kingdom Come' in May 2016 and God has grown 'Thy Kingdom Come' from a dream of possibility into a movement. Christians from 172 countries have taken part in praying 'Come Holy Spirit', so that friends and family, neighbours and colleges might come to faith in Jesus Christ.
Accordingly to their annual survey, an astonishing percentage of people said they were praying for family and friends to come to faith in Jesus, and a significant number of people joined in for the first time. We recognise there is much more we can do together to help Thy Kingdom Come be fully in the lifeblood of the Church.
During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, it is hoped that everyone who takes part will:
- Deepen their own relationship with Jesus Christ
- Pray for five friends or family to come to faith in Jesus.
- Pray for the confidence of the Spirit that we may be effective in our witness.
After the very first Ascension Day the disciples gathered with Mary, constantly devoting themselves to prayer while they waited for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Through the centuries Christians have gathered at that time to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit.
'Thy Kingdom Come' picks up this tradition.
Over the years more and more worshipping communities have dedicated the days between Ascension and Pentecost to pray 'Come Holy Spirit'.
We are praying that the Spirit will inspire and equip us to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with our friends and families, our communities and networks. It has been amazing how many varied ways there have been in which people from every tradition have taken up this challenge. The effects have been remarkable.
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. Specially, we again invite each and every Christian across the globe to pray that God's Spirit might work in those we pray for and that their response is 'YES' to God's call.
Churches from over 80 different denominations and traditions in nearly 90% of countries (172) around the world take part in 'Thy Kingdom Come'.
Thy Kingdom Come prayer:
Almighty God, your ascended Son has sent us into the world to preach the Good News of your kingdom; aspire us with your Spirit and fill our hearts with the fire of your Love, that all who hear your Word maybe drawn to you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
We encourage all members of our community of faith to pray this prayer daily during this time. We invite you to come to our weekday service of Morning Prayer at 10am in the Cathedral from Ascension Day to Day of Pentecost, (Thursday 13th, Friday 14th, Monday-Friday 17th-21st May). Our Sunday services will also be geared to the observance of this time of intense prayer.
'In praying 'Thy Kingdom Come' we all commit to playing our part in the renewal of the nations and the transformation of communities.' says Archbishop Justin Welby.
For more information look online at; https://www.thykingdomcome.global
God bless you all, Dean Phillip