What is it all about?

The idea of praying can seem a bit odd.  Yet in times of difficulty or danger, deep sadness or concern, when we need comfort and hope, people either say some quick prayers themselves or really welcome someone praying for them, even if it’s not something they usually do.

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray.  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.  People in churches from over 65 different denominations in 114 countries around the world, pray about every aspect of their lives.  They seek to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and pray for God’s Spirit to work in the lives of those they know.

What’s going on?  

All our usual activities will pick up on the Thy Kingdom Come theme as we commit to pray every day and we provide a Place to Pray Everyday.

For details of what is happening, when and where please see our events calendar page.

You may have seen the booklet ‘Try Praying’ or seen adverts on streets, buses, or mentions on the radio.  It’s a prayer guide for people who are not religious.  Readers are encouraged to try praying for a week and see what happens.  At St Michael’s we will be using them as part of our 10 days of prayer and looking to pass them on to others.

Copies are available at church. Help yourself and see what a difference prayer can make in your life……

 

Where does this focus on a time to pray come from?

After his death and resurrection, Jesus told His followers to return to Jerusalem and wait for God’s helper called the Holy Spirit.  (In the Bible Book of Acts Chapters 1&2).  So, after the very first Ascension Day when Jesus went to be with His Father in heaven, Jesus’ followers gathered together, constantly devoting themselves to prayer while they waited for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

Through the centuries Christians have gathered for 11 days to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit. ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ picks up this tradition. Archbishop Justin Welby says “In praying ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ we all commit to playing our part in the renewal of the nations and the transformation of communities.”