Prayer, Mission and Justice
Thy Kingdom Come – A season of 24-7 Prayer (30th May-9th June):
‘Light up the World with Prayer’
Archbishop Justin Welby is encouraging followers of Jesus throughout the world to embrace a season of prayer between Ascension and Pentecost with these words:
“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. Throughout the centuries, Christians have gathered at that time to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit. ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ picks up this tradition. During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, it is hoped that everyone who takes part will:
- Deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ
- Pray for God’s spirit to work in the lives of those they know
- Come to realise that every aspect of their life is the stuff of prayer”
St James’ will be open for prayer every day – day and night – from Ascension to Pentecost. We believe God longs to hear our prayers. You can come on your own or with others to pray. We would like to invite you to use the sign up sheet in church or the on-line form here to register your commitment to pray for an hour or two during this time. How wonderful it would be if we had a chain of continuous prayer throughout this season!
There will be a range of prayer stations in the church to help you complete an hour’s journey of prayer in varied and creative ways. But of course you can come and go whenever you wish. We recommend that those signing up for a prayer slot between 10pm and 6am do so with at least one other person. Additionally, there will be daily times of prayer together (about 30 minutes) held every morning in St James’ (8 am), at noon, in the afternoon (4pm) and in the evening (8 pm) which everyone is warmly invited to join. These will follow the pattern of the Church of England Daily Prayer services.
‘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 on that day about three thousand persons were added.’ Acts 1, 2