05 June 2017
People from around the diocese gathered in Lincoln Cathedral on Saturday evening (3rd June 2017) for an evening of celebration, praise and prayer as part of Thy Kingdom Come 2017.
One of many Beacon Events taking place around the world, the Worship Team from St Swithin’s Church in Lincoln led the worship, with the event also including short films and opportunities for those gathered to pray for loved ones and local, national and international concerns.
In an address, the Bishop of Lincoln spoke on the subject of prayer, reflecting that “Prayer is a means of building our friendship with God, built up over time, nurtured by spending time waiting in his presence, putting in the hours, which any good, healthy relationship needs.”
Prayer was at the very heart of the evening: those gathered were invited to stand and face north, south, east and west in the offering of prayers for the world, and later there was time to light candles, to pray around the font, to walk a labyrinth and for people to be anointed with holy oil.
As the evening drew to a close, crosses decorated with prayers and images showing local communities and activities were processed down the nave, a visible sign and reflection of all that Thy Kingdom Come 2017 has brought to the people of our diocese and the wider world.
A warm welcome from the Bishop of Grimsby and the Dean of Lincoln
Films offered opportunities to pause and reflect during the evening
The Bishop of Lincoln Prayer on prayer: ‘A means of building our friendship with God’
Those gathered faced north, east, south and west to pray for the world
The Bishop of Grantham led prayers for the places in which we live
The worship was led by the Worship Team from St Swithin’s, Lincoln
Prayers were offered during the lighting of candles in the Morning Chapel
Crosses, showing activities, people and prayers, were processed down the nave
A record of some of the activities and events around the diocese as part of Thy Kingdom Come 2017 may be found here.
Save the date: Thy Kingdom Come in 2018 is set to take place from Thursday, 10th to Sunday, 20th May.