Ascension Day to Pentecost Sunday: Thursday 13 – Sunday 23 May
So much of how we went about ‘doing Church’ has been denied us throughout the course of the pandemic, and who knows if perhaps some of our tried and tested practices may be lost to us forever. The upside is that we’ve been forced back into that which cannot be restricted, curtailed or locked down; the timeless disciplines of our faith, which remain available to us throughout every circumstance, the life of prayer and the contemplation of Scripture.
Today, Tuesday 9 March, sees the launch of Thy Kingdom Come 2021. I believe that Thy Kingdom Come works because it is established on the twin pillars of prayer and Scripture. Now approaching its sixth season, it has become a genuinely significant part of the global and ecumenical calendar with Christians from across the wonderful diversity of the Church Universal coming together to pray. Running from Ascension Day to Pentecost Sunday, Thursday 13 to Sunday 23 May, it will unite people from over 170 countries and given what we have all been through, that coming together will never have been more important: https://www.thykingdomcome.global/
Having engaged in Thy Kingdom Come since its inception, I would personally be thrilled to see individuals and congregations from across the Church of Scotland getting thoroughly involved this time around. It’s about praying for our churches, our communities and our countries. It calls on us to pray for those who as yet know little or nothing of Christ and so is decidedly evangelistic in tone as well as ecumenical.
Sometime in the Summer last year, when it appeared that the virus was on the retreat, people began to use the phrase ‘build back better’. Little did we know then that the second wave would be equally as devastating as the first. However, by May 2021 the roll-out of the various vaccines should be well under way such that many of us, and certainly the most vulnerable among us, will be feeling much safer. Building back better might well be what we’re thinking about in May, and with the culmination of Thy Kingdom Come 2021 on Pentecost Sunday coinciding with our own General Assembly, I can think of nothing better than that we give ourselves to adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication.
I warmly commend Thy Kingdom Come 2021 to the whole Church and encourage you to put it in your diaries now and begin to explore the superb range of resources that will be available to you:
‘If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray…’ (2 Chronicles 7: 14)
With every blessing,