Thy Kingdom Come

A season of prayer


Churches across the world are invited to spend the week before Pentecost 2017 praying together. 

In 2016 the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, in partnership with 24-7 Prayer, HOPE, the World Prayer Centre, the Neighbourhood Prayer Network, the National Day of Prayer & Worship and others, invited the Church of England to spend focused and dedicated time in prayer in the week running up to Pentecost Sunday, May 15th 2016, as part of a united effort to see more of the Kingdom of God come in our day. The response was amazing! Hundreds of thousands joined the wave of prayer.

For 2017 the vision is even bigger. The Presidents of Churches Together in England are joining with the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to make the call to churches of all denominations in England. Every part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and the World Methodist Council have also been invited to join the wave of prayer.

Archbishop Justin says: 'When we have a Church that prays and is reconciled and reconciling, and that tells people confidently about Jesus, then the dawn will break, hope will rise, our countries will be transformed and the empty threats of economies and terrorists will be utterly and finally overthrown.  To God be the glory'. Find out more here.
The focus for our prayer in 2016 was: 

  • for all Christians to deepen their relationship with Jesus, so that 
  • we may have confidence to share our faith, 
  • that all may respond to the call of Jesus Christ to follow Him. 

All serving clergy were invited to be involved, together with their parish churches, fresh expressions of Church, and chaplaincies. 

The week of prayer was different in every context. For some places it was a focused single event, perhaps adapting or building on an existing group or meeting, or holding something special. The hope was that in many places Christians across denominations and streams would pray together, as the unity of the whole Body of Christ is a powerful reality and symbol to the world.

Beacon Events were held in five cathedrals and in St Michael le Belfrey, York, over the Pentecost weekend, celebrating the gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church and praying for the renewal of the Spirit, and for Christians to deepen their relationship with Jesus and to have the confidence to share their faith. The hope was to gather, to ignite and inspire worship and intercession for a generation to rise up with a fresh passion and confidence for the proclamation of the gospel. 

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