Thy Kingdom Come 2017
Thy Kingdom Come 2017
A Global Call to Prayer
Let’s get together to celebrate a week of prayer … as a group; as a deanery; as a diocese; as a nation.
Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement, which invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost (25th May – 4th June) for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. What started out as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in 2016 to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.
The hope is that:
- people will commit to pray with God’s world-wide family – as a church, individually or as a family;
- churches will hold prayer events (such as 24/7 prayer, prayer stations and prayer walks) across the UK and in other parts of the world;
- people will be empowered through prayer by the Holy Spirit, finding new confidence to be witnesses for Jesus Christ.
“In praying ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ we all commit to playing our part in the renewal of the nations and the transformation of communities” (Archbishop Justin Welby)
This year in our Benefice, there will be prayer events of all shapes and sizes as we gather together to pray that our friends, families and neighbours might come to know Jesus Christ. There will be some services and resources that were successful last year; coming together to share half an hour of quiet time with God in each one of our churches, praying for five friends, open church during the Farmers Market, as well as some new ideas and additional services including a deanery Ascension Day service (25th May) at Grayingham at 7pm to start of the Global wave of prayer. in each of our churches will be some new resources and prayer stations. Thhis week will culminate with an ecumenical celebration at St John the Evangelist, Brigg on Pentecost Sunday on 4th June at 6pm.
As a diocese there are many events at Lincoln Cathedral that we are all welcome to partake in.
From 26th May until Saturday 3rd June 2017 the Cathedral will have a labyrinth set up in the South Trancept, together with pop-up labyrinths available in the cathedral during the week.
Beginning at 7.30am on Thursday, 1st June a prayer vigil will be held in the Chapter House for 24hours. this will be in the style of a 24/7 prayer space, with times of corporate prayer, prayer stations and other creative prayer ideas.
7.30pm on Saturday 3rd June a special diocesan beacon event will provide an opportunity to celebrate all that will have happened throughout the 10 days of prayer, and to consider what happens next. it is hoped that 1000 people will come together to pray and worship in the Nave. Lincoln has asked: would it be possible for every parish to be represented at this event? I do hope so.
As a nation we are brought closer together through prayer. Why not have a look at the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ website: www.thykingdomcome.global for more ideas for what you can do as an individual or as a family. Whilst you’re there, why not sign up to Pledge2Pray so that we can see how many people joined the global wave of prayer.
As a group of parishes, we providing many opportunities and resources for us to involving ourselves fully in the global wave of prayer. Here are some highlights:
Thursday 25th May – Brigg, 9am Morning Prayer and 9.30am Eucharist.
St Radegund, Grayingham, Deanery Ascension Day Service at 7pm.
Friday 26th May – Bonby, Praying with Anglican Prayer Beads, 7pm
Saturday 27th May – 12hrs of prayer across the group. There are sign-up sheets in each church. Hopefully there will be someone praying in one of our churches during every minute of the 12hrs of prayer. In Brigg, Morning Prayer 9am. Praying with Anglican Prayer Beads to conclude the 12hrs of prayer, 6.30pm.
Monday 29th May – Wrawby, quiet half hour 7pm
Tuesday 30th May – Bonby, quiet half hour 7pm
Wednesday 31st May – Brigg, quiet half hour 7pm
Thursday 1st June – Cadney, quiet half hour 7pm
Friday 2nd June – Worlaby, quiet half hour 7pm. Lincoln Cathedral, 24hrs of Prayer
Saturday 3rd June – Lincoln Cathedral, Celebratory service 7pm.
Sunday 4th June – Brigg, an ecumenical service to conclude Thy Kingdom Come week of Prayer, 6pm.
Most of our churches are open each day for anyone to go along to visit and spend some time in prayer. In each of our churches there will be many resources for use in church and at home. Please feel free to help yourself, and if you know of anyone who might appreciate any of the resources, please do take some for them too.
Why not take a look at the Thy Kingdom Come website: https://www.thykingdomcome.global for more information and ideas for prayer as an individual or as a family.
Hopefully there will be something for everyone during this week of prayer, so do come and join us, everyone is most warmly welcomed to any event.