Thy Kingdom Come
Words which are very familiar to Christians, of course, for we use them in the Lord’s Prayer.
Words which convey a combination of hope, faith and love – in/for God and in/for God’s creation.
Right now, in this period between Ascension and Pentecost, these words are resonating in churches around the world – 114 countries, 65 different denominations. And all because of an idea conceived by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby and the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu in 2016.
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“I cannot remember in my life anything that I’ve been involved in where I have sensed so clearly the work of the Spirit.”
The words of Justin Welby.
I have recently returned from the General Assembly, and I cannot remember any Assembly that I’ve previously attended where references to the the power of prayer and the guidance of the Holy Spirit were so prevalent. So I can certainly echo wholeheartedly the Archbishop’s words. Thy Kingdom Come indeed.
There is an appetite for change in the Kirk, and the mechanisms to enable that change were enthusiastically voted through. Amongst other things, there was emphasis placed on working together beyond denominational boundaries, the Scottish Episcopal Church being the one with which the Church of Scotland is currently working most closely.
St Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral is located between St Andrew’s and Meadowside St Paul’s and there are a few little links between them which could be strengthened. One opportunity to do this may well be with the deputation of Rev. Kate McDonald, Associate Minister of St Andrew’s Kirk, Tiberias in September. Kate is a Church of Scotland Mission Partner, twinned with Dundee Presbytery among others and, in her own words, “a cradle Episcopalian”. On her last visit two years ago she preached in St Paul’s as well as fulfilling a wide variety of engagements in and around the Presbytery. Kate works with people of all faiths and had a wealth of stories to tell, some heartwarming, some distressing. Above all, she asked for our prayers.
Thy Kingdom Come, O Lord.
Come and pray with us on Wednesday 5th June in the sanctuary of Meadowside St Paul’s. The church will be open from noon, when a short (20 minutes maximum) service will be led by me, following which there will be time (until 1.30 pm) to pray privately or engage with the various prayer stations we plan to set up.
Thy Kingdom Come.
Kingdom people, please come. You are warmly invited.