Thy Kingdom Come 2019 – a global call to prayer

‘I cannot remember in my life anything that I’ve been involved in where I have sensed so clearly the work of the Spirit.’

Archbishop Justin Welby

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement, which invites Christians around the world to pray during the 9 days between Ascension and Pentecost (30th May – 9th June 2019).What started out as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in 2016 to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.

This year in the Diocese of Bath and Wells, Thy Kingdom Come will focus on the symbolism of rocks and stones as a representation of God’s reliability.

Throughout scripture, rocks are frequently used to illustrate God’s steadfastness. The word “rock” is used twenty-four times with reference to God in the book of Psalms alone. For example, “Jehovah is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; My God, my rock, in whom I will take refuge; my shield, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower” (Ps. 18:2).

Another example is when Moses is wandering through the wilderness; God caused water to flow from a rock. Later, Moses was literally between a rock and a hard place in the wilderness — and for his own good. God hid him in the “cleft of the rock” and covered him with His hand for protection (Ex. 33:22).

We frequently refer to the metaphor of the shepherd, the potter, bread of life light of the world or the lamb, but how often do we think about “The Lord is my rock” as a metaphor?

But this is one of the strongest images; serving to remind us that God is the source of our physical blessings. As Israel was dramatically shown in the wilderness, God provides for our needs. As we pray ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ between Ascension and Pentecost, what better metaphor to base our prayers on than the rock, the symbol of God’s reliability.

For the 11 days of the Thy Kingdom Come initiative we are encouraged to pray for God’s kingdom to come into our communities. The 50 ideas contained in the #somersetrocks document give you ideas, all based on the theme of rocks, to help you, as you pray.

So get involved; there are ideas for individuals, families, churches, whole deaneries and with 50 ideas there should be at least one you can use in your context. If you need more information contact Prayer and Spirituality Enabler James Fox-Robinson

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