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“Thy Kingdom Come”
“Thy Kingdom Come” is a global prayer initiative which has taken place every year for the past seven years between Ascension Day and Pentecost, a period when, according to St Luke in the opening chapter of the Acts of the Apostles, the apostles and the women around Jesus “were constantly devoting themselves to prayer“ (Acts 1:14). The team which co-ordinates this event, which is now international and ecumenical, has issued the following message about this year’s programme:
Through prayer and discernment, as Thy Kingdom Come goes into its 8th year, we are introducing several significant changes, to bring new life and in response to the current context we live in.
The need across the world for the transforming power and mercy of God is more stark than ever. How can we partner with God, in prayer and mission, to see more people encounter the love of Christ this year?
Firstly, we have introduced new daily themes for our resources. These themes focus on the character of God – ‘Our Father in Heaven’ – the One to whom we are petitioning and inviting people to know, to love and to serve. To find out more about these themes click the button below.
Secondly, this year we’re introducing a new sub-theme ‘Living the Kingdom’. Whilst Thy Kingdom Come will always have its focus as a call to prayer for evangelisation we want to invite participants to go one step further.
Mission always comes from the place of prayer, so how can we in this time go the extra mile, empowered by the Holy Spirit, to love and serve those we are praying for or others who are in need? This is about living the Kingdom – individually and corporately – in our context.
Finally, returning to the early days of TKC, we are sensing a call for Christians to gather together (in-person where possible) and collaborate ecumenically locally, regionally and nationally – being a truly united witness to the world.
We’ve put together 23 ideas for churches to get involved with TKC in 2023. Inspired by all that we’ve seen churches do over the years, we’ve picked some great examples of activities and events that you could consider doing from prayer pilgrimages to crafternoons and prayer postcards.
Anyone interested can link to the 23 ideas here. Some are for congregations to do together. Others are for individuals.
Chaplaincy Cycle of Prayer
This cycle of prayer offers a topic for prayer each day of the month under three headings: “Local Church life”, “Genoa”, and “The wider world”. We hope you find that it provides a helpful structure for your praying. This cycle of prayer is also available from the church in a hard-copy form that can easily be slipped into a handbag or pocket.
In our local Church life, pray for…
1 the Chaplain, all who minister
2 the Churchwardens
3 the church council and officers
4 the sacristan and servers
5 sidesmen and welcomers
6 the organist and musicians
7 those who maintain the church
8 all who care for the grounds
9 the church cleaning team
10 the church’s children
12 those preparing for baptism/confirmation
13 those newly baptised and/or confirmed
14 worship on Sundays and midweek
15 the prayer life of the chaplaincy
16 other groups using the church
17 neighbours of other traditions
18 neighbours of other faiths
19 healing ministry
20 the healing of memories
21 those who are ill/housebound
22 the Ospedale Evangelico: other local hospitals
23 Neighbours in Need
24 the food bank
25 the clinic:
26 those seeking work
27 visitors to Genova
28 Stella Maris
29 those who have died
30 the bereaved & all who mourn
Within Genoa, those who live in…
4 San Vincenzo,
23 San Martino
27 Quarto dei Mille
29 Apparizione, Borgoratti
30 San Desiderio, Bavari
31 Those who live outside the city
In the wider world, pray for…
1 the archbishops and the bishops of the diocese
2 the Archdeaconry of Italy & Malta
3 Archdeaconry, Diocesan and General Synods
4 Christian unity: the work of CCE
5 the Archdiocese of Genova
6 religious communities of all traditions
7 mission in this country
8 mission across cultures
9 the integrity of God’s creation
10 schools, colleges, universities
11 children in distress or danger
12 Christian teachers and writers
13 all engaged in inter-faith dialogue
14 the President of the Republic
15 the Government, MPs and MEPs
16 the Mayor of Genova
17 the city council: local councils: all who work in local government
18 aid and development agencies
19 all in poverty and distress throughout the world: homeless people
20 those who cannot see, speak, or hear
21 chronically ill and permanently disabled people: those with learning difficulties
22 doctors, nurses, all who care for those who are ill or infirm
23 prisoners: the justice system
24 prisoners of conscience
25 industry and commerce
26 refugees and asylum-seekers
27 all who have been trafficked
28 seafarers, fishermen
29 all who work in the media
30 the dying: those who care for them
31 the armed forces