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Thy Kingdom Come 2017


The Global Wave of Prayer #pledge2pray

25th May  4th June 2017

Almighty God,
your ascended Son has sent us into the world
to preach the good news of your kingdom:
inspire us with your Spirit
and fill our hearts with the fire of your love,
that all who hear your Word
may be drawn to you,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement, which invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. What started out as an invitation in 2016 from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.

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.

Please let us know at Edward King House what you are planning in your local community by way of participation in Thy Kingdom Come during 2017 by contacting Simon Dean via email.

Beacon Event
On Saturday, 3rd June at 7.30pm there will be a beacon event at Lincoln Cathedral. It will be an evening of prayer and worship with an opportunity to hear about how people around the diocese have engaged with Thy Kingdom Come. Our hope is to see every parish represented at the event. Those who are able to attend may wish to wear red, orange or yellow tops as a visual image of Pentecost, and to bring a picture or photo that represents their local community which will be used as one of the prayers. To book your tickets, you may book via eventbrite. For more information please contact Simon Dean.   

24 hours of prayer in Lincoln Cathedral
A series of interactive prayer stations will be available for people to use located in the Chapter House.

Based around the idea of a 24/7 prayer room, people will be able to spend time exploring different ways of praying for the world, friends and family and for themselves.

Between the hours of 7.30am and 10pm on Thursday, 1st June, the Chapter House will be open to anyone (from 5pm onwards, please use the external, side entrance to the Chapter House). On Friday, 2nd June, the prayer stations will be available from 7am until 5pm. 

Labyrinth in Lincoln Cathedral
From Friday, 26th May – Saturday, 3rd June there will be opportunity to walk a labyrinth situated in the South Transept. The labyrinth is an interactive opportunity for developing our spiritual journey. It is for anyone who wants a break from surfing the surface of culture to contemplate the deeper things of life. It reshapes an ancient ritual for the 21st century. Its path takes the journey maker on a symbolic journey, creating space to unwind and think – in particular, about our relationships with ourselves, one another, our wider world and with God. In addition, there will be labyrinth-related activities around the south transept and some interactive prayer stations.

For ideas and resources to help you and your church engage with Thy Kingdom Come, visit the Thy Kingdom Come website.

Roots of the Web have produced further resources for Thy Kingdom Come.

Two teachers in Leicester Diocese have created some lesson and assembly plans that could be used on the 25th and 26th May in local schools. These can be downloaded from an accompanying article here.

The Diocese of Lincoln information leaflet is available here

The Thy Kingdom Come team has worked with the Archbishop of Canterbury to develop a simple training session, called Sharing Jesus’, to help give confidence and to encourage people to share their faith. This can be accessed via the Thy Kingdom Come website.