Between Ascension Day (May 21st) and the Day of Pentecost (May 31st), the Archbishops of Canterbury and York are calling all churches and Christians to pray ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ and specifically be praying for our friends and family to find new faith and hope in Jesus.
Since its start in May 2016, Thy Kingdom Come has grown from a dream of possibility into a movement. In 2019 Christians from 172 countries took part, praying ‘Come Holy Spirit’, so that friends and family, neighbours and colleagues might come to faith in Jesus Christ.
The basic challenge is to think of five people. They might be family members, friends or neighbours and commit to praying for those five people each day between Ascension and Pentecost. Pray that they draw closer to God and find fresh faith and hope in Jesus.
While the Coronavirus lockdown inevitably means Thy Kingdom Come will look different this year, while so many people are on lockdown we have a great opportunity to join in and little excuse to not take part!
There are all sorts of ways to pray and you can browse lots of ideas on the TKC website. However, here in West Malling and Offham, we are focussing on these three:
A novena (from Latin: novem, “nine”) is an ancient tradition of devotional praying in Christianity consisting of private or public prayers repeated for nine successive days. That idea has been adapted into a beautifully illustrated booklet of prayers. You start on the Friday (the day after Ascension Day) and follow the booklet each day until Pentecost. The booklet is available to download from the TKC website as a free PDF to read on your computer, tablet or phone.
Morning & Evening Prayer
As you may know, Rev David is praying every morning at St Michael’s at 09:05 and every evening at St Mary’s at 17:05. During the period of Thy Kingdom Come, he’ll be using a special version of those prayers. You can download a booklet so you can follow along from home and pray with him using the liturgy. The booklet is also available to buy if you want a copy in your hands (see the link for details).
If you already have a copy of Common Worship: Daily Prayer, it’s the section on page 278 and following and you can follow along from there too.
For families: the Digital Family Prayer Adventure
Families (and the young at heart) can enjoy an ‘Augmented Reality’ app for your phone. You point your phone at a special map you can print off and then the map comes alive with games and activities to lead you into prayer. The map needs to be downloaded and printed out and the app downloaded onto your phone. All the instructions are on their website here and there’s a short promotional video below. We would love to hear how you get on with this new technology!
Want to try something else?
There are loads of ideas on the Thy Kingdom Come website. If none of these appeal, have a browse on the TKC website and see if there’s a way to pray that appeals to you. The important thing is simply to pray for those five people, family members or friends or neighbours or colleagues, and ask God’s blessing and for them to find faith in Christ.