‘Thy Kingdom Come’ is an annual invitation to prayer called by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York. Lasting for eleven days, along with churches from over 65 different denominations in over 170 countries around the world, we are hoping as many as possible from St John’s might commit simply to praying The Lords’ Prayer at home or wherever we are every day at Midday from Ascension, 21st May, till Pentecost, 31st May.
The focus is specific prayer for churches, households and as individuals for friends, families, communities and countries to come to know the saving love of God in Jesus Christ. For ourselves that, empowered by God’s Spirit, we would grow in confidence to show and tell of God’s love.
During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, it is hoped that everyone who takes part will:
Deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ
Pray for God’s spirit to work in the lives of those they know
Come to realise that every aspect of their life is the stuff of prayer.
After the very first Ascension Day the disciples gathered with Mary, constantly devoting themselves to prayer while they waited for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Like them, our reliance on the gift of the Holy Spirit is total – on our own we can do nothing. Through the centuries Christians have gathered at that time to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit. ‘Thy Kingdom Come ’picks up this tradition.
Over the past three years more and more worshipping communities have dedicated the days between Ascension and Pentecost to pray ‘Come Holy Spirit’. We are praying that the Spirit will inspire and equip us to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with our friends and families, our communities and networks.
It has been amazing how many varied ways there have been in which people from every tradition have taken up this challenge. The effects have been remarkable. It is our prayer that those who have not yet heard the Good News of Jesus Christ and his love for the world will hear it for themselves and respond and follow Him.
By following the link https://www.thykingdomcome.global/lightuptheworld?id=16131 and zooming in you will see lights shining out from Perth. We are one of those lights.