Thy kingdom come prayer effort
“Thy kingdom come, thy will be done.” Jesus instructed us to pray those words, and St. Francis prays them at least once every week. When we pray that we really do want God’s kingdom to come to earth. We really do want the Holy Spirit to come to us more fully. We know that God’s will for our lives is better than our own human ideas. And we really do want everyone to know Jesus as personal Lord and Savior.
It is interesting to think about what might happen if we prayed “Thy kingdom come,” and "Come, Holy Spirit," together, as a community, a lot more often, and a lot more specifically, for a defined period of time.
That’s exactly what the Church of England was asked to do two years ago. The Archbishops of Canterbury and York, Justin Welby and John Sentamu, invited people from across the Church of England to create a wave of prayer during the days between Ascension and Pentecost -- ten days when the church traditionally focuses on prayer. They encouraged everyone to ask the Holy Spirit to help them be witnesses to Jesus Christ, and to pray for others to discover that living faith in Him. To the Archbishops' surprise, more than 100,000 Christians from different denominations and traditions took part. They participated in more than 3,000 events and services, to pray for others to come to know Jesus Christ and for God’s kingdom to come. The ten days of prayer culminated in six national events over Pentecost weekend at cathedrals in different parts of the country. At Winchester Cathedral demand was so great that overflow areas with Jumbotrons had to be organized; and at Canterbury Cathedral a live stream was set up for people to join in on the internet. By July it had received 300,000 views.
Last year, only year two, the movement spread like wildfire. Every diocese in the UK took part, with 85 percent of Church of England churches and cathedrals involved, as well as the churches of the world-wide Anglican Communion and many other denominations and traditions. Leaders from churches in more than 80 countries, including Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, Baptist and Methodist churches, Free churches, and Orthodox churches came together, all to pray 'Thy Kingdom Come' and ‘Come, Holy Spirit.’ And special attention is paid to praying for family or friends who don’t know Jesus as Lord.
Would you like to be part of this?
Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray 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 participates will deepen their friendship with Jesus, bring others to know Jesus or know him better, and come to know that every aspect of their life is the stuff of prayer.
St. Francis is working to create a church-wide series of prayer activities in which we can all participate between Ascension Day, which is Thursday, May 10, and Pentecost Sunday, May 20. Some of these things we can do together as a parish, regardless of one’s age. Some are activities you can do as a household or with a small group of friends, and some are things we can do individually.
You can find more resources and information at this website: www.thykingdomcome.global. If you have any questions please contact the church office.
May 12th - Day of Prayer
We're going to have a day-long prayer event and vigil here at St. Francis. It will be made up of three segments: first, we'll have prayer stations set up in Graves Hall from 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., so individuals, small groups, and families can stop by the church and take an hour or so to walk the prayer stations, praying for the various needs that we'll have represented there. Secondly, we'll have a 45-minute prayer and worship service in the sanctuary to anchor the day, so that we all can come together and join our hearts in supplication to the Lord. That is tentatively scheduled for noon. Finally, there will be the opportunity to prayer walk the church property, which is a very powerful way to claim space for God. As part of the prayer walk, which can be done at any time that day, the Bishop's Study will be open, where you may join Raleigh and some of our youth for additional time of quiet reflection and prayer.