A Global Call to Prayer
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 from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in 2016 to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.
Why is it from 25 May – 4 June?
This year, Pentecost (the day when we celebrate that the Holy Spirit was poured out on ordinary people like you and me) is on 4 June. Ascension Day, when Jesus went back to heaven but crucially promised that His Holy Spirit would come upon his followers, is marked exactly a week before this.
What’s the point?
There are three main hopes for this wave of prayer:
- That we commit to pray in a focused and deliberate way for the family of God all over the world.
- That we learn more about being persistent and committed to praying, helped by knowing millions of others around the world are also praying for the same thing!
- That we find strength in the power of God’s Holy Spirit to share our faith with the people we live and work amongst.
What’s happening in Oxshott?
We will learn together about:
Prayer, in a two-part sermon series entitled Thy Kingdom Come.
- Sunday 28 May — The Habit of Prayer
- Sunday 4 June — The Power of Prayer
We will pray together on:
- Thursday 25 May from 6.25 – 6.55pm (Monthly Prayer for the Parish)
- Saturday 27 May from 8.30 – 9am (Parish Prayers)
- Tuesday 30 May from 9 – 9.30am (a new regular opportunity for any to join the staff team who regularly pray at this time)
- Thursday 1 June from 9 – 9.30am (A second new, regular opportunity for any in the parish to pray together)
- Saturday 3 June from 8.30 – 9am (Parish Prayers)
It would also be really great if as individuals or families we could sign up on the Thy Kingdom Come website and pledge to pray. The website gives all sorts of interesting and creative ideas for prayer, including praying with your children, so why not try some of the out over half term?
Finally… why not wear something RED to church on 4 June to celebrate this red-letter day in the life of God’s world-wide Church!
“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)
There will be Beacon Events at cathedrals around the country.
At Guildford Cathedral on 4 June there will be a Prayer & Food Festival between 4.30pm and 6pm followed at 6.30pm by a Pentecost Celebration service, hosted by Pete Greig, to worship Jesus, be empowered by the Holy Spirit, and pray that others will come to know Him. Tickets are required for both events, but they are free.
Watch this invitation from Bishop Jo.
Pledge to Pray
Archbishop Justin Welby calls on all Christians to pray for more people to know the life-transforming love of Jesus Christ.
for more videos see Thy Kingdom Come.
What happened last year?
Watch this video for a glimpse of the celebrations at Canterbury cathedral last year, ending with Tim Hughes leading the congregation singing and dancing to The Way.