The newsletter for May 2019,
from our minister, Rev. Francis Neil

Are there really more than 65 different Christian denominations?  Great to think that we could all be praying at the same time for the same thing ........


Dear Friends,

Prayer is a vital part of what it means to be a Christian. The Revd. Canon Gareth J. Powell, Secretary of the Methodist Conference writes:

From the very first gatherings of Methodists in Oxford, Methodism has always been suffused with prayer. Prayer is the foundation on which the Methodist Church is built and from which it seeks to fulfil its calling to respond to the gospel of God's love in Christ and to live out its discipleship in worship and mission.

To encourage our response to the call to prayer as individuals and churches we are being invited to engage with Thy Kingdom Come which is a global prayer movement in which Christians pray that people would come to know Jesus. Taking place between Ascension and Pentecost, Thy Kingdom Come this year falls between 30 May - 9 June 2019.

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.

 

The 'Thy Kingdom Come' website explains that it is an opportunity where:

'People commit to pray with God's world-wide family - as a church, individually or as a family.

Churches could hold prayer events, such as 24-7 prayer, prayer stations and prayer walks, across the UK and in other parts of the world.

People can be transformed through prayer by the Holy Spirit, finding new confidence to be witnesses for Jesus Christ.

The invitation is simply for people to pray in whatever way they want, with whoever they want and wherever they can, that others might know Jesus Christ. 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.

It is the prayer of 'Thy Kingdom Come' 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 invite each and every Christian across the country 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 we have joined in 'Thy Kingdom Come' before or not, we are invited to take part this year - along with churches from over 65 different denominations in 114 countries around the world.

To take part we are invited to 'pledge to pray' on the Thy Kingdom Come website www.thykingdomcome.global

How might we as individuals, small group or churches engage with this wonderful, prayerful movement?

Drawing upon aspects from Acts 1, and 2 we are reminded.

"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…Jesus 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 that day about three thousand persons were added." Acts 1, 2'

Rooted in prayer we say 'Come Holy Spirit, come.'

Love and prayers.


Francis



(If the help of our minister is needed, please telephone Rev. Francis on 01422 615910 )

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