Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer initiative for the church. This is asking all Christians, regardless of denominations, to come together and pray collectively and individually between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ.

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.

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses …to the ends of the earth. When he had said this…he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight…Then they returned to Jerusalem … and were constantly devoting themselves to prayer…
When the day of Pentecost had come they were all together in one place… All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit… and that day about three thousand persons were added.” 
Acts 1,2

“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

For Cornwall there is a Cathedral beacon event on Sunday 28th May that all are invited to join with.

For church leaders there are a number of resources that we have been told about by Archdeacon of Bodmin, Audrey Elkington

The novena ‘pocket prayer’ booklets for this year are now available: https://www.cpo.org.uk/product.aspx?prod=C5267BT&cat=3745

They contain a painting, biblical passage, and a prayer for each of the 9 days.  They cost 75p each for 20+, or 60p each for 100+.  Why not club together with neighbouring parishes or denominations to purchase 100+?  Even if people are unable to attend local or diocesan events, they can pledge to pray during this period for people to come to know Jesus.

There are some excellent videos available on the TKC website now.  The latest (https://vimeo.com/214155802 ) is particularly relevant in reminding us of the power of prayer.
If you haven’t already seen the video used by the Archbishop to launch this year’s ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ it can be found here: http://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/articles.php/5835/thy-kingdom-come-2017-archbishop-of-canterbury-launches-pledgetopray
Do share the links to these videos with other people, and encourage them to join in.

If you are organising prayer events locally (ecumenically, or as a deanery, or as a cluster) please make sure they are included in the TKC events page – so that others know what is going on: https://www.thykingdomcome.global/search/events?event_type_id=1&searchevent-submit

Other resources on the Thy Kingdom Come website include:

  1. Videos and sessions to learn about sharing our faith https://www.thykingdomcome.global/faith
  2. Ideas for churches to take part in this special 9 days:
    https://www.thykingdomcome.global/prayerresources#churches
  3. Resources for individuals:
    https://www.thykingdomcome.global/prayerresources#individuals
  4. Resources for families and young people:
    https://www.thykingdomcome.global/prayerresources#families

 

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