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Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray from Ascension to Pentecost (21 May - 1 June) for more people to come to know Jesus.

Since its start in May 2016, just three and a half years ago, God has grown Thy Kingdom Come from a dream of possibility into a movement. In 2019 Christians from 172 countries took part in praying ‘Come Holy Spirit’, so that friends and family, neighbours and colleagues might come to faith in Jesus Christ.

Reflections on silence as component of prayer

This praying together has been across our diversity and differences as every person, household and church are encouraged to pray in their own way. Whilst an astonishing 92% of people said they were praying for family and friends to come to faith in Jesus, and 40% of those taking part in 2019 did so for the first time, we recognise there is much more we can do together to help Thy Kingdom Come be fully in the lifeblood of the Church.

During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, it is hoped that everyone who takes part will:

  • Deepen their own relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Pray for 5 friends or family to come to faith in Jesus
  • Pray for the empowerment of the Spirit that we would be effective in our witness

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 and a half 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. Specifically, we again invite each and every Christian across the country to pray that God’s Spirit might work in the lives of 5 friends who have not responded with their ‘Yes’ to God’s call.

Whether you have joined in ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ before or not, we invite you to take part this year – along with churches from over 65 different denominations in 178 countries around the world.

“In praying 'Thy Kingdom Come' we all commit to playing our part in the renewal of the nations and the transformation of communities." Archbishop Justin Welby

"You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses …to the ends of the earth. When he had said this…he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight…Then they returned to Jerusalem … and were constantly devoting themselves to prayer… When the day of Pentecost had come they were all together in one place... All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit... and that day about three thousand persons were added."  Excerpts from Acts 1 and 2

Selected resources for 'Thy Kingdom Come 2020' as recommended by Bishop Andrew, Bishop of Toronto

For use from Ascension to Pentecost (21 May - 1 June) or in Season of Pentecost.

4 Comments

  1. Rob Ross on 25 May 2020 at 9:15 PM

    Hi Fr Glenn
    Your website is always an excellent source of resources, especially during these difficult times, and I have already ‘stolen’ some of your well-chosen links for my weekly e-News for the good folks of St Thomas’ Millbrook. I, myself, am using the Journey with Mary booklet. Very helpful! Thanks for for gathering this material on your website and making it easily available.
    Rob Ross
    Priest-in-Charge
    St Thomas’ Millbrook

    • Father Glenn on 25 May 2020 at 10:18 PM

      Hello Fr Rob,

      Thank you for your kind comments. We are really pleased that you have found the resources useful. I really like the daily prayer brief liturgies from the Church of England for the main hours of each day. I am so happy that the resources are of interest and benefit for your dear people of St Thomas’. Blessings to you and to them,

      Glenn+

  2. Doug Woods on 22 May 2020 at 5:17 PM

    In lieu of a retreat, this material is very good. I chose the Novena. It’s a lot like a guided retreat.
    I feel it also fits my personality type: introvert.
    I’ll tell you more in nine days!

    • Glenn on 22 May 2020 at 7:21 PM

      Hi Doug, Glad you checked out these resources. I will look forward to hearing in nine days. Glenn

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