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
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.
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