Thy Kingdom Come 2022
May 26th – 5th June 2022
Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. What started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.
During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, it is hoped that everyone who takes part will:
- Deepen their own relationship with Jesus Christ
- Pray for 5 friends or family to come to faith in Jesus
- Pray for the empowerment of the Spirit that we would be effective in our witness
Meet Pete and Andrea Ward, who will help support the Thy Kingdom Come initiative in Cumbria 2022, in this short video:
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.
Through the centuries Christians have gathered at that time to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit. ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ picks up this tradition. Over the years more and more worshipping communities have dedicated the days between Ascension and Pentecost to pray ‘Come Holy Spirit’.
We are praying that the Spirit will inspire and equip us to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with our friends and families, our communities and networks. It has been amazing how many varied ways there have been in which people from every tradition have taken up this challenge. The effects have been remarkable.
It is our prayer that those who have not yet heard the Good News of Jesus Christ and his love for the world will hear it for themselves, and respond and follow Him. Specifically, we again invite each and every Christian across the globe to pray that God’s Spirit might work in the lives of 5 friends who have not responded with their ‘Yes’ to God’s call.
Whether you have joined in ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ before or not, we invite you to take part – along with churches from across Cumbria, and with over 80 different denominations & traditions in nearly 90% of countries (172) around the world.
There is a suite of high-quality resources to help you take part in Thy Kingdom Come – for schools, churches and individuals. You can browse the full range on the Thy Kingdom Come website.
Andrea and Pete Ward have also put together a list of their recommended resources.
There is an act of commissioning, designed to be included in a Eucharist or Service of the Word on the Sunday before Thy Kingdom Come starts (Sunday 22nd May 2022). This could replace the intercessions, be used at the start of the service after the gathering, or after a post-communion prayer as part of an act of sending.