25 May – 4 June 2017
An invitation from the Archbishop of Canterbury
In 2016 the Archbishops of Canterbury and York invited parishes across England to join a great wave of prayer between Ascension and Pentecost. The response was overwhelming. Hundreds of thousands joined the wave of prayer in churches of many traditions and denominations around England and around the world. What began as invitation in England started to look like the beginnings of a global wave of prayer for people to know Jesus Christ.
For 2017 the vision is even bigger. The Presidents of Churches Together in England are joining with the Archbishop of Canterbury and York to make the call to churches of all denominations in England, and Archbishop Justin Welby is sending out the call to every part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and the World Methodist Council to Methodist Churches worldwide.
The three aims are:
- To join in prayer with the whole family of God the Father
- To pray for the empowering of God the Holy Spirit
- That we may be effective witnesses to God the Son, Jesus Christ.
It’s not complicated – the Archbishop’s invitation is simply asking people to pray in whatever way they want, with whoever they want and wherever they can, that others might know Jesus Christ.
Learn more at the Thy Kingdom Come website here and sign up for updates.
What we are doing as a Diocese
For our diocese, Bishop Mike announced this week a special event which will be held at the Cathedral on the day before Ascension Day:
An Evening of Prayer: Wednesday 24 May 5.30pm-8.30pm
All are welcome to attend to some or all of the evening – Speak with Revd Mark if you are interesting in attending as we may be able to offer lifts.
- Prayer Stations in and outside the cathedral: stop – reflect – think – pray
- At half-hour intervals there will be ten-minute acts of worship under the Cathedral Tower. Come to one or more of these if you can.
5.30pm Living Stones (Growing Younger) Choral Evensong led by the Cathedral’s junior girls’ choir
6.30pm Listening to God (Growing Deeper) Led by InHarmony musicians and Cantus Firmus Chamber Choir. To include reflective music from Taizé, Iona and other sources.
7.00pm Salt in the World (Growing in Influence) Led by InHarmony musicians and Cantus Firmus Chamber Choir. To include reflective music from Taizé, Iona and other sources.
7.30pm Tell Your Children – Joel 1 (Growing in Number) Led by InHarmony musicians and Cantus Firmus Chamber Choir. To include reflective music from Taizé, Iona and other sources.
8.00pm Sending Out
Night Prayer led by the Cathedral Lay Clerks
Followed by invitation to prayer for the week and sending out.