Thy Kingdom Come
A call to join a global wave of prayer from Ascension to Pentecost
Thy kingdom Come is a global prayer movement which the Archbishop of Canterbury is inviting people around the world to join. He is calling on Christians to pray that people might know Jesus Christ during a focused time between Ascension and Pentecost from 25th May – 4th June 2017.
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 transformed through prayer by the Holy Spirit, finding new confidence to be witnesses for Jesus Christ
“In praying 'Thy Kingdom Come' we all commit to playing our part in the renewal of the nations and the transformation of communities." Archbishop Justin Welby
How did it begin?
In May 2016 the Archbishops of Canterbury and York invited Christians from across the Church of England to join a wave of prayer between Ascension and Pentecost. This is traditionally a time when the church focuses on prayer, just as the first disciples gathered after they watched Jesus ascend into heaven, it says in Acts 1. 14 “They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus…”
The response in May 2016 was astonishing as hundreds of thousands joined in from churches of many denominations and different traditions around the UK and across the world.
For 2017 the vision is even greater. The hope is to see at least 80 per cent of Church of England churches and cathedrals taking part as well as many other denominations and the churches of the world-wide Anglican Communion. Leaders from Churches Together in England, including Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, Baptist and Methodist churches, Free churches and Orthodox churches to name but a few, have all signalled their support.
It’s not complicated – the Archbishop’s invitation is simply asking people to pray in whatever way they want, with whoever they want and wherever they can, that others might know Jesus Christ. Anyone can sign up on the website now and pledge to pray.
Bespoke resources and information will be available via the website www.thykingdomcome.global . This will include materials to download on prayer, liturgical resources, Novena booklets, packs on helping families pray together, details of prayer events and tips on organising local events. Everyone who signs up to ‘Pledge2Pray’ will receive regular email updates as well as inspiration and encouragement about prayer.
Ideas for Churches
To help people join in with and be inspired by the Call to Prayer, we have developed a number of creative prayer responses. Three of these are corporate prayer responses which can be used as part of a Sunday service, a small group or as a prayer station in a prayer room.
- Lost Sheep prayer
- Pentecost Flames Prayer
- Fishing net prayer
The other resource is a prayer card for individuals to use during the week of prayer to pray for individuals, the place they live and our country. This resource is described in this file, while the resource itself is here. To help learn how to fold the prayer card, we have produced this PowerPoint presentation.
Thy Kingdom Come
We are really excited to share with you this new video in which Archbishop Justin invites everyone to take part in Thy Kingdom Come. He has invited every church to join him in a week of prayer for the Evangelisation of our nation.
This video explains how you might use the three creative prayer responses:
This video explains how you might use the individual prayer card: