Ascension to Pentecost - Thy Kingdom Come
Before we come to know God in his full glory, there is work to be done in the world. Not a duty carried out in fear or in our own strength but a joy to serve our Lord and Saviour in the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus prayed for his followers (John 17: 6-19) asking God to look after them, to protect them from the evil one, because ‘they do not belong to this world’. Jesus asks that we are not taken out of the world, but that we are equipped by God to face it in all its ugliness where we must learn to love and obey him. In the world, but not of the world.
On Thursday 13th it is Ascension Day and the start of Thy Kingdom Come which is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. What started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.
This year will you pray for 5 people you know to come to know Jesus for themselves each day from 13th to 23rd May? Will you join in with Christians from 172 countries 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, 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 Holy 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 this time to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit. ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ picks up this tradition.
We are praying that the Spirit will inspire and equip us to share the Good News of Jesus Christ here in Filey with our friends and families, our communities and our 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.
I have ordered 50 Prayer Journals to give away at church on Sunday 9th (if you are unable to get to church please ask me for one) and reminder cards. If you’re not sure who to pray for, ask God to guide you as you choose. Once you have settled on 5 names, commit to praying for them regularly. The card is a daily reminder to pray for them.
Pray daily with one another
Each day at 12pm between 13th May and 23rd May (Pentecost) let’s pray together using the simple service sheet for Prayer During the Day. While we are unable to meet up practically, use the prayer sheet or the Church of England Prayer App ‘Time to Pray’ (different from the Daily Prayer App). Pray at home, or why not prayer walk while exercising round Filey? I’m aiming to walk round the whole of Filey in the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come using the app and praying for Filey. If you see me, come and join me if only while I’m in front of your house!
Please note there is no service in St Oswald’s on Sunday morning 23rd May but a shorter Holy Communion for Pentecost will be said at the APCM 2pm on Sunday afternoon.
Here is the Parish Link available for download
Here is the monthly contemplation for May to download
Here is the prayer booklet (print off and place back to back and fold in half) to download