Thy Kingdom Come

By The Rev. J. Fletcher Montgomery, Rector

St. John's Episcopal Church

Thy Kingdom Come is an initiative of the archbishop of Canterbury which invites people around the world to pray with special intention from the Feast of the Ascension (May 25 this year) to the Day of Pentecost (June 4 this year) - the final 10 days of the ‘Great 50 Days of Easter.'   This year St. John’s will join in the praying along with millions of Anglicans in dozens of nations.  The chief prayer is that those we love, and others around us, may come to know God’s profound and unconditional love for them in Jesus Christ.  We are also invited to pray for anything else on our hearts as we come before the Lord in this holy season.

St. John’s will be open for prayer from 9:00am to 4:00pm on May 25, 26, 30, and 31, and June 1 and 2;

and our Thursday midweek Eucharists (12:15pm) on both May 25 and June 1
will be held in the church instead of the Heyward Hall chapel.

How should we pray?

Thy Kingdom Come has an excellent website filled with resources and ideas for you and your whole family (thykingdomcome.global).  And our own Book of Common Prayer (bcponline.org) has a section called “Prayers and Thanksgivings” (pages 814-841).  As I thumb through these numbered collects, I would especially recommend prayers 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 10, 15, 18, 27, 40, 44, 54, 61, and 62, and thanksgivings 1, 3, and 7.

If you’re more of an extemporaneous pray-er, follow this simple outline as you pray in your own thoughts and words for:  

1) the worldwide church, its members, and its mission;

2) our country, and our elected officials;

3) the peace and welfare of all the peoples of the earth;

4) particular concerns within our local community;

5) the sick, and all who suffer hardship or trouble;

6) thanksgiving for those who have died and gone before us into God’s heavenly kingdom.

As we commit to this special 10 days of prayer together, the apostles’ teachings will also be our guide:  Are any among you suffering?  They should pray.  Are any cheerful?  They should sing songs of praise.  Are any among you sick?  They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord.  The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven.  Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed.  The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.  (James 5.13-16)

Let us pray!

 

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