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THY KINGDOM COME - GLOBAL PRAYER EVENT

There are two special services to flag up regarding Thy Kingdom Come for PENTECOST Sunday for you to look at online. 

1. Sunday from 9am - Thy Kingdom Come Special Service with the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Pope and other senior church leaders from across the U.K. 

https://www.thykingdomcome.global/stories/pope-delivers-special-message-pentecost-sunday-online-service-alongside-archbishops-and

2. From 6pm Thy Kingdom Come Beacon Celebration in Herts and Beds ( And if you look carefully you will see some familiar faces in the Lords Prayer!)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOR364-_KwEgko9Sq5i7jsw 

This is on the St Albans Diocese YouTube channel. 


What is Thy Kingdom Come - Global Prayer?

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray from Ascension (21st May) to Pentecost (31st May) for more people to come to know Jesus. 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.

During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, it is hoped that everyone who takes part will:

·         Deepen their own relationship with Jesus Christ

·         Pray for 5 friends or family to come to faith in Jesus

·         Pray for the empowerment of the Spirit that we would be effective in our witness

 Biblical Basis. (Acts of the Apostles Chapters 1 & 2)

After the very first Ascension Day the disciples gathered with Mary, constantly devoting themselves to prayer while they waited for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost

"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." 

Like them, our reliance on the gift of the Holy Spirit is total – on our own we can do nothing. 

We are praying that the Spirit will 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 respond and follow Him.

What are we asked to do?

Each and every Christian across the country is invited to pray that God’s Spirit might work in the lives of 5 friends who have not responded with their ‘Yes’ to God’s call. Whether we have joined in ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ before or not, we are invited to take part this year – along with churches from over 65 different denominations in 178 countries around the world.

Prayer & Care
In usual times we would get together and pray in church but the current restrictions mean we need to pray individually, within our households or together virtually using digital resources such as Zoom.  What makes this more relevant is that we have been caring for our families, friends and neighbours during the pandemic and it is only a slight extension to pray and do some practical things acting in Jesus’ image.

Resources
There is loads of information on the website https://www.thykingdomcome.global/ and a smartphone “app” to download from for iphone and android.  There are also specific resources for children.  



       Thy Kingdom Come - Global Wave of Prayer

From Ascension to Pentecost (21st to 31st May 2020)

Hi Everyone,

This global wave of prayer could not have come at a better time as we experience the effects of the Coronavirus Pandemic. It is an ideal time to pray about everything and particularly as Christ taught us to “go make disciples of all people”.  What better thing could we do, as Jesus’ followers, between Ascension and Pentecost when we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit to Jesus’ followers.

This message is to give more information on the Global Event and the 36 hours of prayer with the other local churches.

Global Event (21st to 31st May)
For lots of information and resources and supporting materials on the Global Event please go to the website https://www.thykingdomcome.global/ 

Local Event (27th and 28th May)
We have decided to join together with other local churches to pray over 2 days.  The way this will work is that people from all the local churches will have the opportunity to sign up and commit to pray.  There are 7 local churches currently taking part: the Community Church, Cores End URC, St Pauls, St Peters, St Marks, Christ Church and Flackwell Heath Methodist Church.

These 36 hours of prayer will take place between 8am on Wednesday 27th May and 8pm on Thursday 28th May.  

This is the link to the sign-up sheet https://tinyurl.com/ycwkzzry please go ahead and sign up as an individual, family, household or group.

St Paul's Church has already signed up for two time slots – 9.30pm to 10.00pm on Wednesday 27th May and 12.30pm to 1.30pm (lunchtime – not night time!!) on Thursday 28th May.  The Wednesday night will be contemplative prayer and the Thursday lunchtime will have a combination of child focus as well as a quieter time of prayer. Details on how to join will be sent to you soon.

During the 36 hours, the local churches are providing several times of united prayer and worship which will be accessible using the Zoom video conferencing system (more details to follow).

Help
If anyone has any questions or does not have access to the sign-up sheet, please let me know by email paulisaac.12@btinternet.com or mobile phone 07884236007 and I will do all I can to help.


Two weeks ago I took part in a global wave of prayer and felt the wonderful gift of presence with the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, knowing that Christian brothers and sisters around the globe were holding the whole world in prayer.  

I would strongly encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and commit to pray during the 11 days and in particular sign-up to pray during the 36 hours on the 27th/28th May. 

Our prayer is that more people will accept Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. We know it makes sense and through the power of the Holy Spirit we can fulfil Jesus’ great commission and make       Thy Kingdom Come.

Please do let me know if you have any questions.

Every blessing,

Paul

Paul Isaac