THY KINGDOM COME  PENTECOST CELEBRATION
Churches Together In Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire

Archbishop Angaelos Coptic Orthodox Church

Rev. Abi Thompson Sub Dean St Albans Abbey

Ros Hancock Methodist District Thy Kingdom Come Prayer Champion

With music and prayer from around the region

Join us online at the following link from 6pm on Sunday 31 st May

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Thy Kingdom Come is now a worldwide prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray from Ascension to Pentecost. Since its launch in 2016 by the Archbishops of  Canterbury and York, it has become a worldwide ecumenical movement and now Christians from 172 counties and over 65 denominations are  taking part.  This year  Ascension Day is on Thursday May 21st and Pentecost on Sunday May 31st.


Reflection

These days from Ascension to Pentecost have always been a time of expectation and anticipation.  From early times, Christians reflected on the story of the Ascension of Christ where he promised the gift of the Holy Spirit in a new way to enable them to be witnesses.  As they waited they devoted themselves to prayer  (Acts  1 v 14). So the renewed call across the Church is to set these days apart to pray.

2000 years ago on a hillside above the  Sea of Galilee Jesus of Nazareth was asked by his followers for instructions on how to pray. In response Jesus recited a short prayer in his native Aramaic.  Some  50 years later the prayer was recorded in Luke’s  Gospel ( Luke 11 v 2-4) and also by Matthew  ( Matthew  6  v -9-13) and Matthew’s version became the basis for the prayer used in worship. It is this prayer, which we call  the Lord’s Prayer,  which is the basis for our praying during these days- Thy Kingdom Come

 

There are national resources on the Thy Kingdom Come website https://www.thykingdomcome.global/

And local resources and daily services on the Diocesan Website www.stalbans.anglican.org

And on Pentecost itself there will be a service from St Albans Cathedral www.stalbanscathedral.org

The  Thy Kingdom Come local leaflet has more information about what the churches are offering in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire