Starting this Thursday 21st May 2020 is 'Thy Kingdom Come', a global wave of prayer that runs from Ascension to Pentecost and attached to this page are resources that you might like to use to help with that. Prayer is central to our faith and we and our world need that more than ever. For morning prayer this Thursday 21st May, which is Ascension Day, I will do a special service at the usual time of 10am and the order for that is attached under 'Services and Events', under one-off events, Ascension Day, if you would like to join in - on Facebook live and then still available for catch-up as ever and I will put on our YouTube channel (search for GrobyRatby Rector).
Further national resources that might be of interest are as follows:
1. DOWNLOAD the free Thy Kingdom Come app – packed full with videos, reflections, a daily podcast from N.T. Wright and the daily prayer journal (a great start to any day) from the Apple or Android app stores, simply search for “Thy Kingdom Come Prayer” (most resources available in a range of languages);
2. Thy Kingdom Come are leading on the special Thy Kingdom Come morning service with the Archbishop of Canterbury at 9am on Pentecost Sunday cofe.io/ChurchOnline. Including prayers from the His Holiness Pope Francis, music lead by Matt Redman and contributions from many others.
3. JOIN – We are writing to invite you to a webinar joining a time of intercessory prayer lead by Archbishop Justin Welby, Archbishop Sentamu and Cardinal Vincent Nichols on Thursday 21st May 10:30-11:00. They will be praying for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our world today: that many might come to know the love, peace and joy that is found in Christ. If you would like to join – please register here TKC Intercessory Prayer. (NB I hope our Ascension Day service will be finished in time for all to join in with this if they wish).
This will be followed by a live Q&A from 11-11:30am with a Facebook live led by Archbishop Justin designed for those on the edges of faith where prayer is something new to them. The Archbishop will share his personal experiences of prayer and also take questions. click here The latter of these would be perfect to send a link to those interested in faith, on an Alpha course, etc.
4. SHARE the wide range of free resources available from thykingdomcome.global including a new augmented reality Family Prayer Adventure Map, a beautiful Prayer Journal, resources to host a continuous prayer room online (24/7), liturgical resources, a Journey with Mary and much more.
5. REGISTER on the website (www.thykingdomcome.global/lightuptheworld) what you are doing and where so we can encourage one another by lighting up the interactive map in prayer
When the Spirit of God came upon those waiting, watching and praying that first Pentecost, the followers of Jesus were not in the temple and they were not on the streets. They were in a home. Church buildings may have been shut but the Church has maybe never been as open, with vibrant, faith fuelled prayer in households up and down our nation and Christians mobilised to do the works of Jesus Christ as we serve and support those in our communities most in need: prayer and care hand in hand.”
As Archbishops Justin and Sentamu have said, “We’ll be taking part in what is sure to be a unique Thy Kingdom Come this year. We encourage you to join us in watching, waiting and praying, as the first Christians did, for God’s Spirit to equip and empower us to be a people who reflect the hope of Jesus in a world of need”