We were the first Anglican parish in our diocese to engage with the Thy Kingdom Come prayer movement in 2016. Prayer is a key part of our life together .
Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray from Ascension to Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus.
Since its start in May 2016,just three and a half years ago, God has grown Thy Kingdom Come from a dream of possibility into a movement. In 2019 Christians from 172 countries took part in praying ‘Come Holy Spirit’, so that friends and family, neighbours and colleagues might come to faith in Jesus Christ.
During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, 21 May to 31 May it is hoped that everyone who takes part will:
- Deepen their own relationship with Jesus Christ
- Pray for 5 friends or family to come to faith in Jesus
- Pray for the empowerment of the Spirit that we would 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. Like them, our reliance on the gift of the Holy Spirit is total – on our own we can do nothing.
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 past three and a half years more and more worshipping communities have dedicated the days between Ascension and Pentecost to pray ‘Come Holy Spirit’.
This year at St Nicholas I am encouraging you to consider some of the many resources available online for free to download or as families to explore the suggested app. I am also wondering about organising a 24-hour prayer vigil in the heritage church with individuals or people from the same families taking time to pray there based on one-hour slots. If you would like to do this, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. If we have sufficient numbers we’ll do it.
Prayer Journals with helpful suggestions and short scripture passages.
A digital family prayer adventure 21 May to 31 May.
Our own Alpha Holy Spirit Day is on May 30th. Please do pray for all our participants and leaders to be richly blessed.