Thy Kingdom Come in Lockdown!

Thy Kingdom Come’ prayer initiative has quite rapidly become established as a global phenomenon. The period from Ascension to Pentecost has long been understood as a very specific and unique period in the Church Year. In our current circumstances, most of us won’t be able to gather together physically to pray. However, the resources enable various kinds of imaginative online participation. This year, we will be united by prayer in the face of the Covid-19 epidemic. ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ – 21st to 31st May 2020 – could be the initiative you are looking for!

But TKC is not a slogan and it is vital we respond to what is occurring around us. The Holy Spirit always has an address, speaking in our mother tongue, thereby applying and particularising the work of Jesus Christ to certain individuals in different locations at distinct times. So, when we pray ‘Come Holy Spirit’ during Thy Kingdom Come 2020 we pray in this specific context of the COVID crisis, with all that we face, all that is unknown and all we are helpless before.

Haven’t we sensed more than ever the longing for the Kingdom of God – where there is no pain or crying, no injustice or loneliness? Haven’t we longed for God’s ways to be seen in the world? Haven’t we been most moved by those who give their lives to serve all that the Kingdom of God stands for? We long for signs of the Kingdom. And as a church do all we can to serve that Kingdom.

In the light of this the team at TKC have sought to discern what the theme of Thy Kingdom Come 2020 should be. Over past years we have endeavoured to be clear in our messaging – that in these 11 days we pray for the Spirit to work significantly in those who don’t follow Christ, that they might encounter his love and peace and make the best decision anyone can ever make – become followers of Jesus. And that they in turn would come to give their lives in service of the Kingdom of God.

This year we are encouraged not simply to pray that friends and family, colleagues and neighbours might encounter the love of God in Christ, but to be the light, such that they would experience that love in action. TKC calls for us all to ‘Prayer and Care’ – care for those you are praying for, pray for those you are caring for. Of course, for Christians all over the world doing this is a daily reality, and this time of prayer gives itself to an even deeper engagement with the needs around us. There are many ways we are suggesting this could happen; by care, by contact, by service – but serving as Christ serves.

This year as we pray for others, we pray that they would come to know Christ so that they may come to give their lives to serve God’s Kingdom. Every person taking part in TKC is encouraged to pray for 5 others who don’t know the love of Christ and then to resolve to invite them along to something appropriate once our church buildings are reopened.

You can find out more about the Thy Kingdom Come initiative by following this link https://www.thykingdomcome.global/

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