Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Thy Kingdom Come - A Week Of Prayer - 8-15 May 2016

In the days leading up to Pentecost, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have asked every parish to pray that every person would meet the Risen Jesus for themselves and for renewed confidence for the church in sharing their faith. In a letter they wrote:

“At the heart of our prayers will be words that Jesus himself taught us – ‘Thy kingdom come, thy will be done.’ It is impossible to overstate the life-transforming power of the Lord’s Prayer. It is a prayer that is reassuring enough to be on the lips of the dying and yet dangerous enough to be banned in cinemas. It is famous enough to be spoken each day by billions in hundreds of languages and yet intimate enough to draw us ever closer into friendship with Jesus Christ. It is simple enough to be memorised by small children and yet profound enough to sustain a whole lifetime of prayer. When we pray it with sincerity and with joy, there is no imagining the new ways in which God can use us to his glory.”

Why not join us to pray specifically on these days:

9 May - 7.30am at St Peter’s
4.00pm at St Thomas’ House
10 May - 9.15am at St Thomas
  2.0pm at St Thomas’
11 May - 8.45am at St Peter’s
12 May - 11.00 am at St John’s
14 May - 9.30am at St Peter’s

or at the Eucharist that week:

9 May - 7.30pm at St John’s
11 May - 9.30am at St Peter’s
12 May - 7.30pm at St Thomas’.

Why not use the week as an opportunity to pray specifically for 5 friends to know our Lord Jesus. It is one of the most powerful thing we can do. Prayerfully choose 5 friends - write their names down on a piece of paper, or a small card, or have 5 small stone that represent them with you in your pocket & pray that they too may come share the joy of the Resurrection. You might like to use the following prayers:

Loving Lord,
Please work in me so I can share your love, life and message with…
Reveal your love to them, that they might know, follow and witness to you,
For Your Glory.  Amen.

Loving Father,
Send your Holy Spirit so I can share your love, life and message with…
Reveal Jesus to them, that they might know, follow and love him,
For Your Glory.  Amen.

You build your church through the power of your Spirit.
By the same Spirit enable me to witness to… your love, beauty and grace.
That they may come to the fellowship of the faithful
For Your Glory.  Amen.

I pray that you will lead… to you. 
Thank you that you love them and I pray that you would break into their life and show them your love, grace and peace.
For Your Glory.  Amen.

Let’s take the opportunity to pray to God, with the whole Church of England that, ‘…Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…’ in people’s lives, in God’s church and in our nation.

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