What’s it all about?

Thy Kingdom Come is a prayer movement which encourages us all to pray daily over a nine day period, from Ascension to Pentecost (30th May to 9th June). This period of devotion recalls the nine days that the followers of Jesus spent in prayer between Jesus’ ascension and Pentecost Sunday, as Jesus had asked them.

Once again this year, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have written to every parish in the Church of England inviting us to join with many Christians around the world in this special time of prayer. They write:

“We are praying that the Spirit would inspire and equip us to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with our friends and families, our communities and networks… It is our prayer that those who have not yet heard the Good News of Jesus Christ and his love for the world will hear it for themselves, and in faith respond and follow Him… Together let us pray ‘Thy Kingdom Come’, trusting the faithfulness of God.”

What are we being asked to do?

There are four simple ways we can respond to this call:

1. Personal Prayer

We’ve prepared a booklet of daily readings and written prayers for the nine days in-between Ascension and Pentecost. The readings focus on the theme of the Lord’s Prayer, taken line by line. Jesus gave us this prayer to help us to pray for and understand what it means for God’s kingdom to come.

These devotions are offered as a starting point for our individual prayers and devotion over these nine days. Each day’s reflection will be posted here (the day before, at 12 noon). You can also pick up a paper copy in church, or download the booklet as a PDF here.

2. Praying the Lord’s Prayer

Specifically, each day we are also invited to pray the words of the Lord’s Prayer, so that it becomes a natural part of our daily devotion.

3. Praying For Five Friends

Praying for others to know Jesus is one of the most powerful things we can do. As part of ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ we’re each invited to choose five people regularly to pray for.

If you’re not sure who to pray for, ask God to guide you as you choose. Once you have settled on five names, commit to praying for them regularly. Why not spend time now prayerfully thinking about who God has placed on your heart and note down their names.

4. Praying Together

Throughout these nine days there are a number of extra services and events (listed below) to give us the opportunity to pray together with others. We do this remembering Jesus’ words that, “where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them” (Matthew 18:20).

Services are all at St Richard’s apart from the first and last:

Thu 30th May
8:00 pm – Deanery Ascension Day Service
St Mary’s Church, Hampton - Thames Street, TW12 2EB

Mon 3rd June
9:30 am – Morning Prayer

Tue 4th June
8:00 pm - Evening Prayer

Wed 5th June
9:30 am – Morning Prayer
12:00 pm - Holy Communion (spoken service)

Thu 6th June
8:00 pm – Evening Prayer

Fri 7th June
9:30 am – Morning Prayer

Sat 8th June
Day of Prayer – more info to follow

Sun 9th June
Pentecost Trafalgar Square family festival (12 - 4 pm) and service (4 - 6 pm)
Visit www.london.anglican.org/event/2019/06/09/trafalgar-square-beacon-event/ for more info.