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Thursday 1 June 2017 – Thy Kingdom Come

Thursday 1 June 2017 – Thy Kingdom Come
June 1, 2017 Anne Browse

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that began in the Church of England in 2016. The Methodist Church of Britain has become a partner in the initiative and a statement from the current President and Vice President of Methodist Conference reads as follows:

“Through ‘Priorities for the Methodist Church’, we are committed to developing confidence in evangelism and in the capacity to speak of God and faith in ways that make sense to all involved.
‘Thy Kingdom Come’ resonates strongly with this and so we encourage the whole connexion, in partnership with others wherever possible, to prepare for and engage in this work of prayer in the days from Ascension Day to Pentecost 2017.”

In our own village here in Halberton in Devon we have opened up our church this week for people to come in and use creative and interactive ‘prayer stations’. Over the past two days many of the people who have come have commented on how much they have valued taking time out to pray and simply to ‘be’ with God. There have been conversations, too, as people have shared joys and concerns for family, friends, our community and our world. People have read the newspaper and prayed around things that have caught their attention. People have sat quietly and prayed for others in all sorts of ways. Prayer stations have been set up by different members of our congregation – we have prayed for refugees, for those who are isolated, for those who do not have access to clean water, for friends and family.

One of our young people put together a prayer station to help us to pray for young people who are taking exams at the moment in schools, colleges and universities. As I chatted to her about how she had put her station together she said “I just thought, how would I want people to pray for me?” She spent a long day in Exeter yesterday, revising for her forthcoming A levels, but called in to pray in church last night on her way home. A part of her prayer station is shown in the blog photo.

Revd Roger Walton has also contributed a video prayer to Thy Kingdom Come today, which you can find by following this link