Bishop encourages Diocese to pray 'Thy Kingdom Come'

Bishop encourages Diocese to pray 'Thy Kingdom Come'

In his May message to the Diocese, Bishop James has encouraged parishes to take up the invitation to pray 'Thy Kingdom Come' with Christians around the world. (Full transcript here)

The video was filmed at St Andrew’s Monastery in Bruges, where the Bishop had been meeting with final year curates.

He reflected on what we, and the curates he met, are hoping and praying for when we speak the line in The Lord's Prayer which indicates our desire that something of God’s kingdom will come:

'The prayer for God’s Kingdom to come is the prayer for nothing less than the transformation of all things in Christ; the coming of that which is God’s ultimate intention and purpose for creation and for humankind. 

"It is also, more explicitly of course, that people may consciously become part of the life of the kingdom as they respond in faith to God’s grace in Jesus Christ.  And that’s a particular emphasis of the archbishops’ Thy Kingdom Come’ initiative.

Bishop in Tanzania and Kondoa during Thy Kingdom Come

This year during the period of Thy Kingdom Come, Bishop James will be in Tanzania, representing Archbishop Justin at the enthronement of the new Bishop of Tanzania. He will also take time to spend a few days with Bishop Given of Kondoa, a diocese in which the Diocese of Rochester is in a companion link. There too they will be praying for the manifestation of God’s kingdom in their setting.

"Thy Kingdom Come is a summons to us to share in the life of our own places, in our own ways, in our parishes, our homes and in our communities.

"So I Invite you to join with Christians across the world, with our brothers and sisters in Tanzania, with those wherever  

Share your local events

Between 10 and 20 May, Rochester Cathedral will become a giant visual prayer for our Diocese, with prayers and displays from each deanery, encouraging everyone to pray for the growth of God’s kingdom throughout the Diocese. 

Any local events that wish to be included in a Diocesan TKC Prayer Calendar should email Canon Rachel Philips, Canon for Mission and Growth, who is coordinating events:  They will also be regularly updating events on their website.

For more resources and information you can also visit the national Thy Kingdom Come website.

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