Thy Kingdom Come: praying in the Diocese of Ely

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I’ve just been on the phone to the incredibly helpful Emma Buchan, Archbishops’ Evangelism Task Group Project Leader  at Lambeth Palace.  emma.buchan@lambethpalace.org.uk.

She told me that a very smart new set of logos for the Thy Kingdom Come / Your Kingdom Come call to prayer has just been launched and can be found on Dropbox here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fbm0j3ivddl7xen/AAD3-1lcef1CZD6QgJK4SY_na?dl=0.

If you haven’t caught up with this yet, the Archbishops have written to every serving parish priest in the Church of England expressing their longing “to see a great wave of prayer across our land, throughout the Church of England and many other Churches” from 8th-15th May. The week of prayer will culminate in ‘Beacon events’ around the country over Pentecost weekend, where people will pray for the renewal of the Holy Spirit and the confidence to share their faith. You can read the full letter here.

The idea is to support local churches in doing things their way, and enhancing their local vision, not supplanting it. There are a whole host of great ideas and resources over at www.thykingdom.co.uk.

Ideas are springing up across our diocese here in Ely: 24/7 prayer here, a celebration there, and it would be great if you could let our Director of Mission Peter Wood hear the good news at peter.wood@elydiocese.org so we can spread the stories.

I’m planning to get some postcards printed on which people in your parishes and at your events can fill in both prayer requests and prayerful insights, and if possible get these to me / the cathedral in time for our Pentecost Praise service on Sunday May 15th at 7.30pm. We’ll join in the wave of prayer then as well as confirming a crowd of amazing people and sharing some inspiring worship led by the Bishops’ Band – AND, all being well, make a live Skype link to a message from Archbishop of Canterbury at one of the Beacon events. In fact, we could be quite a beacon ourselves. Why not start planning to bring a party. I’ll keep you up to date with arrangements.

And finally, I am keen myself to call a series of prayer afternoons during the spring and summer at some key locations across our diocese to help us really be a church that is praying to be the generous and visible people of God, just as our strapline says, and making sure that as we adventurously inhabit our new diocesan strategy we are doing all we can to make sure that it is indeed God’s will we are following and His kingdom we are helping to come. Thinking and planning is at a very early stage but if you’d like to be part of it, get in touch straight away at bishop.huntingdon@elyanglican.org.

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