Thy Kingdom Come
25 May - 4 June 2017
An invitation from the Archbishop of Canterbury
In 2016 the Archbishops of Canterbury and York invited parishes across England to join a great wave of prayer between Ascension and Pentecost. The response was overwhelming. Hundreds of thousands joined the wave of prayer in churches of many traditions and denominations around England and around the world. What began as invitation in England started to look like the beginnings of a global wave of prayer for people to know Jesus Christ.
For 2017 the vision is even bigger. The Presidents of Churches Together in England are joining with the Archbishop of Canterbury and York to make the call to churches of all denominations in England, and Archbishop Justin Welby is sending out the call to every part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and the World Methodist Council to Methodist Churches worldwide.
The three aims are:
- To join in prayer with the whole family of God the Father
- To pray for the empowering of God the Holy Spirit
- That we may be effective witnesses to God the Son, Jesus Christ.
It's not complicated - the Archbishop's invitation is simply asking people to pray in whatever way they want, with whoever they want and wherever they can, that others might know Jesus Christ.
Learn more at the Thy Kingdom Come website here and sign up for updates.
What will you do in your parish, your deanery, as an individual, to mark the 2017 Global Wave of Prayer? On this page you can find information about how churches around the diocese responded to the call to pray in 2016. As we hear from you about your planned activities for 2017 we will include them here too, so that you can use each other's ideas. Please send information to Ruth Dennigan. Further ideas are available on the national website. Engage Worship are also producing some resources here.
What we are doing as a Diocese
For our diocese, Bishop Mike is launching the week at the Cathedral on the day before Ascension Day:
An Evening of Prayer: Wednesday 24 May 5.30pm-8.30pm
Please bring groups from your deanery, benefice, parish or chaplaincy to some or all of the evening.
- Prayer Stations in and outside the cathedral: stop - reflect - think - pray
- At half-hour intervals there will be ten-minute acts of worship under the Cathedral Tower. Come to one or more of these if you can.
5.30pm Living Stones (Growing Younger) Choral Evensong led by the Cathedral’s junior girls’ choir
6.30pm Listening to God (Growing Deeper) Led by InHarmony musicians and Cantus Firmus Chamber Choir. To include reflective music from Taizé, Iona and other sources.
7.00pm Salt in the World (Growing in Influence) Led by InHarmony musicians and Cantus Firmus Chamber Choir. To include reflective music from Taizé, Iona and other sources.
7.30pm Tell Your Children – Joel 1 (Growing in Number) Led by InHarmony musicians and Cantus Firmus Chamber Choir. To include reflective music from Taizé, Iona and other sources.
8.00pm Sending Out
Night Prayer led by the Cathedral Lay Clerks
Followed by invitation to prayer for the week and sending out.
Here is a flier for you to publicise Thy Kingdom Come and the launch event in your parish:
- Thy Kingdom Come flier | PDF
We have "A Way To Pray" bookmarks with ideas for prayer on one side and the Lord's Prayer on the other, to encourage individuals to pray and to engage with the Lord's Prayer. These are available free of charge for all churches to hand out to people in their congregations. Please contact Lesley Steed by email or phone 01473 298510 to order yours!
Ideas will be circulated by mid-March for use in schools and with children.
- Thy Kingdom Come 2016-+
What happened in this Diocese?
Ashbocking and Otley
We used the Malcolm Guite sonnets on each line of the Lord’s Prayer, from Parable and Paradox, a collection of his poetry. These were laminated and a photograph created for each line – done by Jane Hall. They were put around each church on the walls and doors. Then instead of a sermon, people were invited to move around the church prayerfully. They were also used at Bible study groups where we also reflected on them in silence. Catherine Beaumont
We had a "Fishers of Men" prayer evening, starting with a fish and chip supper and then a time of praying for the four area of "Growing in God" in groups. This year we are thinking of having a Churches Together Service at the beginning of the week then having prayer meetings in individual churches around the town each evening. Mark Kichenside
Christ Church, Moreton Hall
linked it with Premier Radio's Novena project that ran for the same time. Every morning during for the 10 days between Pentecost and Ascension we held a prayer meeting at the church 8-9am taking the theme of the day from the Novena programme, and watched God work!!! We had between 4 and 15 people come along every morning, and it was incredible. We began with a time of sung worship and then just prayed as the Spirit led. Every day was different, but we were so blessed. Out of that has come a weekly Church Prayer Meeting 7 30- 9 pm, and next weekend we are taking a big leap of faith and holding a 24 hr Prayer Event in the Church from 8pm Fri 11th to 8 pm Sat12th. There has definitely been a sea change within in the church, and an increase in people wanting to pray. Jane Harper
Higham, Raydon etc
We started a series of weekly Prayer Walks, rotating around my 4 parishes, and continued them till the end of September. It was a wonderful way of being at prayer in the beauty of God's creation here in the Suffolk countryside, encircling our parishes with prayer, and occasionally ending up with a good lunch at the end of the walk, so encouraging our local businesses too! Rosalind Paul
Ingham with Ampton and Great and Little Livermere
We had postcards printed with the Thy kingdom Come logo, the Lord’s prayer in both versions on one side and on the other a brief explanation and an invitation to pray the Lord’s prayer at 7 in the morning and/or 7 in the evening whichever they could manage. We distributed about 70 cards to congregation + as many other people as possible.
We also invited people to join in the church in the village at 6-7pm one evening and pray round the village – we have 3 villages so we did this 3 times. We prayed for each house in each road, naming the occupants by name where we knew them. Ended with the Lord’s prayer.
This was all advertised in the magazine and in services and we were amazed and encouraged by the response which included people in our villages who attend other churches – and people asked when we would be doing it again. Caroline Redman
We combined the call to prayer with a celebration of our new benefice and we started with worship in one of the churches, walked to the next, worshipped there, walked to the next, had lunch and worshipped there and then walked to the final church for evening prayer. A bit like beating the bounds. It worked very well for us and we plan to do it again next year. Sheila Hart
- Thy Kingdom Come plans for 2017-+
Felixstowe Churches Together are already making plans to join the wave of prayer for 2017. They are turning their Churches Together in Felixstowe AGM, which falls on 24 May, into a beacon event, settng the tone for prayer in Felixstowe during the week. St John's Church will be made available as a prayer venue throughout the week focussing each day on one of the projects run by CTiF and encouraging people from those projects to gather and pray. They are planning to have midday prayers and to ring the Angelus bell so that people know that prayer is happening.