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Thy Kingdom Come”. Those words will be familiar to very many English speakers who learned the Lord’s Prayer in school, even if they have hardly ever attended church since. We use the traditional words, with “thy” and “thine”, at all our services, including funerals and weddings, and when people of other nationalities are invited to join in using their own languages, the shared rhythm of the words means that we keep together most of the time. Even if you don’t know the words, those rhythms are instantly recognisable.
Now, though, “Thy Kingdom Come” has taken on a new significance. Three years ago the Archbishops of Canterbury and York used those words when they invited Anglicans across the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus, in the eleven days between Ascension Day (May 30th this year) and Pentecost Sunday, formerly known as Whitsunday. In just three years that invitation has grown into an international and ecumenical prayer movement. This year churches from 65 different Christian denomina-tions in 114 countries around the world will be joining in.
A short while ago, when the Archbishop of Canterbury visited Pope Francis in Rome, the Pope recorded a special video message on the Archbishop’s phone, giving his support to the movement: “we walk alongside you in prayer”, he said. And the full video will be shown in London’s Trafalgar Square on Pentecost Sunday, where thousands of Christians are expected to gather.
A praying church is a living, powerful church. This year there’s an invitation to all of us at All Saints and beyond to pray specifically for five people, that they might come to know Jesus for themselves. The Archbishop has written this: “I came to a living faith in Christ at University through the encouragement and prayers of my peers but what I learned later on was that I had also been prayed for, every week, for 18 years by a close family friend”. Without that “close family friend”, the leadership of today’s Church of England might look rather different.
You don’t have to be in a church to pray. Sitting in a park or garden, or in a favourite armchair – wherever you feel comfortable – is just as good. Now the sun is back with us, why not give it a go.
Find out more about Thy Kingdom Come on the website: www.thykingdom-come.global
Our services: Holy Commu-nion on Sundays at 9.30 am and 11.00 am (German service at 5.00 pm) and on Wednesdays at 10.00 am.
Chaplain: The Revd Dr Paula Clifford
Tel: 922 38 40 38; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org