Thy Kingdom Come

‘Thy Kingdom Come’ is a global prayer movement inviting Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus.  It started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England and has grown global from that beginning. During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come (21-31 May 2020). This is an adapted version of the Lord’s Prayer offices to support ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. As with the other Offices in this collection, this one starts with prayers to support reflection on scripture, followed by a pattern of prayers taking the Lord’s Prayer structure, using words suitable for blending in the main intentions of Thy Kingdom Come. There is a shorter version which may be suitable for middle-of-the-day use.

Bold-type words are to be said together in group situations. Italics mostly indicate ideas for activity at that point and generally are not said aloud. Three dots … suggest a possible pause.

Together with all in Christ, we wait
Come Holy Spirit; soak into our deepest being …
We pray together with all your people
Come Holy Spirit; breeze through our staleness…
We will hear the scriptures together
Come Holy Spirit; fire up our imaginations for good…
pause to gather thoughts …
Brood over us as we hear the scriptures.
Change our hearts, correct our course and draw us into your counsel.
Ready us for service and steady us in wisdom,
Spirit away the dullness of our hearts. Amen.

Psalm[s] and reading[s] are announced and read. 

There may be a time of quiet and/or shared reflection. A framework for reflection, using the pattern of the Lord’s prayer may be used.

When it is time to resume the service…
Together we say:
We will receive power
when the Holy Spirit comes upon us;
And we will be Jesus’ witnesses
to the ends of the earth.

                                              [Acts 1.8]

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
You have blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ
to the praise of your glorious grace,
which you have freely given us in the Beloved
        …Prayers and/or songs of praise and thanks may be shared aloud here…
And now we give you thanks because in Christ you embed us in your mission, and you equip us by the Holy Spirit, in love you adopted us through Jesus Christ: Our God In heaven
Hallowed be your name!

God, send your Spirit: mend your creation, fulfil your promises and inspire your people for good.
       … prayers or biddings relating to this may be added here the leader ending with:
Your Spirit is working:
Your Kingdom come.

Bring us alongside those whom you are drawing into Life; give us hearts to listen and minds to discern so that we may have well-chosen  good news to share.
… prayers or biddings relating to this may be added here the leader ending with:
Your Spirit is working:
Your Kingdom come.

In your church, waiting indoors in viral fear and for love of neighbour, grow generous, articulate and timely witness.
       … prayers or biddings relating to this may be added here the leader ending with:
Your Spirit is working:
Your Kingdom come.

When we come forth, unbind us and give us to our neighbours  for lively service and joyful sharing of the good things we have found
       … prayers or biddings relating to this may be added here the leader ending with:
Your Spirit is working:
Your Kingdom come.

As we wait indoors, gestate new life for future response and present ministry
       … prayers or biddings relating to this may be added here the leader ending with:
Your Spirit is working:
Your Kingdom come.

Work righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. Among the infected, the exposed and the vulnerable; ​call up strength and healing, support and protection
        … prayers or biddings relating to this may be added here the leader ending with:
Your Spirit is working:
Your Kingdom come.

Through the church, may your manifold wisdom O God be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms. In the deliberations of the powerful, amplify compassionate thinking and wise discernment leading to courageous action
       … prayers or biddings relating to this may be added here the leader ending with:
Your Spirit is working:
Your Kingdom come.

In our world’s global community, in our world’s living systems, strengthen ecological resilience. Let those who speak for health of planet and people be heard above the din of commerce and the roar of industry
Your Spirit is working:
Your Kingdom come.

Be the wind in the sails of our lives and as we are blown forward by your Spirit may we know your comfort and provision
        …prayers or biddings asking for God’s provision may be added here the leader ending with
Equip us to work with you,
enthuse us to hold our course true.
Send forth your Spirit:
And renew the face of our lives.

We recognise that we quenched your Spirit and resisted sharing your good news
… No more: rather forgiveness be done; your Kingdom come.
We find again that we withhold forgiveness from others.
… No more. rather forgiveness be done: your Kingdom come.

Breathe upon us the breath of life:
And renew the face of our lives.
Make our hearts clean, O God
And re-form a right spirit within us.
Let us attend; Christ breathes upon us the peace and forgiveness of God.
A moment to take a deeper breath, reflecting on our forgiveness.

Intending to walk in the Spirit, we go out into God’s world, where God invites us into the ongoing work of creation and redemption, let us pray not to miss our path.
       Pause to consider the hours ahead of us

Who is it that we seek?
We seek God: Sender, Sent and Sending.
Let’s seek God in neighbour and in foe
Amen. God open our hearts.
Let’s seek God in the routines and the happenstance
Amen. God be our vision.
Let’s seek God in our trials and tribulations
Amen. God be our wisdom.
Since we live by the Spirit,
let us keep in step with the Spirit.
[Gal 5:25 ]

Return to Navigation. See also the forms for Ascension and Pentecost. The short form of this office (may be good for the middle of a busy day) is here.

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