A NATIONAL CALL TO PRAYER

Thy Kingdom Come

We respond to the call of the Archbishop’s to pray for the week leading up to Pentecost. They’ve asked the church to rise up in prayer across the country to uphold our nation, the world and the church at this particular time. They’ve chosen the theme of Thy Kingdom Come so that the church may respond in seeking God’s heart of love and will to be done both in the church and in society. They seek also that this should deepen each of our own personal relationship with God and help us grow in confidence in the love that the Holy Spirit brings to us at Pentecost.

Prayer Stations in St.Mary’s open all week, and Thursday night at St.Faith’s Tribe Road to gather with Revd Tim Watson in praying for Leesland, from 7.45pm.

St.Mary’s Chapel will be open every day throughout the week with five prayer stations to which any folk are invited to visit, and focus on the themes of the stations to guide our prayers. The stations will start in the side aisle upon approach to the Chapel as part of the journey of prayer.

Open from 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday 9th May to Saturday 14th (to 4.00pm on Wednesday), and on Wednesday evening from 7.30pm-9.00pm. A special Gosport Deanery Service will take on Pentecost Sunday 15th May at 6.00pm in St.Faith’s Church, Lee-on-the-Solent.

Each station will guide us with worship, petition and waiting on the Lord (as the Apostle’s did) around the theme. There will also be some resources to take away with you for your prayers at home.

There will also be a ‘Prayer Journal’ open in the chapel in which you are invited to write your thoughts, reflections and feelings as you focus on prayer through the stations. What is God perhaps saying to you and to the church? This is not for our particular prayer requests which are also welcome to be made upon the Prayer Tree.

If you know you can come in advance and could sign the list in the Chapel for a time slot then we can seek to cover prayer through the whole of each day – whether signed in advance or in slots during the week. But please come whether or not you sign up in advance!

The stations will reflect upon:
Hallowed be Thy Name – Worshipping God
Thy Kingdom Come – The Church in our society today
Thy Will be Done – Listening to God
Here on Earth – Praying for People & the World
Give us this Day – Our Personal Faith

The Archbishops vision is to “ignite fresh faith, unity and a passion for mission through taking on this extreme challenge to seek God together throughout the week.”

Please visit the Archbishops special website for lots more information and their vision at www.thykingdom.co.uk

Acts 2: “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place… all of them were filled with the Holy Spirit… and about 3000 were added to their number that day.”