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Wave of Prayer-Thy Kingdom Come 25 May to 4 June 2017

THY KINGDOM COME is a nationwide time of prayer supported by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York between Ascension Day and Pentecost [25th May – 4th June].

We are taking part and some of our churches across the team are opening their doors to offer space and time to pray.

There will be a number of prayer stations on offer or free space for all ages, as well as the opportunity to stay for a drink, and chat.

Venues and opening times on offer are:

  • Friday 26th May 2-5pm at St John’s Church, Wingates
  • Saturday 27th May 10am-1pm at St Bartholomew’s Church, Westhoughton
  • Saturday 3rd June 10am-1pm at St Katharine’s Church, Blackrod.

All are welcome.

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are calling Christians of every denomination to join in with Thy Kingdom Come, a prayer initiative between Ascension and Pentecost (25th May to 4th June), to pray for the nation to know Jesus Christ.  It is a time to seek the empowering of the Holy Spirit, that we may be effective witnesses to Jesus Christ.

Praying for others to know Jesus is one of the most powerful things we can do.  Persistent prayer for others brings transformation to their lives.  As Paul writes: ‘Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.  And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.  Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.’ (Colossians 4: 2-4).

As Paul says, consistent praying for others involves discipline (‘be devoted’) and responding to what God is already doing in people’s lives (‘being watchful and thankful’).  We can pray for ‘open doors’ to point people to Jesus and what He can mean in their lives.  We all have opportunities to do this, as even Paul prayed as a prisoner in chains!!

The Archbishops are encouraging us to choose five people who we can pray for regularly. Why not ask God to guide you, as you settle on five names and commit to praying for them daily, perhaps by using the following prayer:

 

Loving Father, in the face of Jesus Christ your light and glory have blazed forth.  Send your Holy Spirit that I may share with my friends the life of your Son and your love for all.  Strengthen me as a witness to that love as I pledge to pray for them, for your name’s sake. Amen.’