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Thy kingdom Come – A Call to Prayer in the week leading up to Pentecost 2016 (8-15 May)
It isn’t that often that I get a letter from an Archbishop! In fact, last week, I got a letter from two! It was an invitation sent jointly from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York encouraging us to set aside time in the week from 8 to 15 May to pray. The letter included these words:
“We long to see a wave of prayer across our land, throughout the Church of England and many other Churches…
At the heart of our prayers will be the words that Jesus Christ himself taught us – ‘Thy kingdom come, thy will be done.’ It is impossible to overstate the life-transforming power of the Lord’s Prayer. It is a prayer that is reassuring enough to be on the lips of the dying and yet dangerous enough to be banned in cinemas. It is famous enough to be spoken each day by billions in hundreds of languages and yet intimate enough to draw us ever closer into friendship with Jesus Christ. It is simple enough to be memorised by small children and yet profound enough to sustain a whole lifetime of prayer. When we pray it with sincerity and with joy, there is no imagining the new ways in which God can use us to his glory…”
So how will we respond and take up this invitation?
Well, in one of several ways I hope.
- We are producing a special booklet (available in church from 1 May) to use in your home or workplace during that week, and beyond… Do call in and pick one up – they’re free!
- Join us for Morning Prayer at 9.30 am or Evening Prayer at 5.00 pm in St Mary’s Church (Mon 9 – Fri 13 May) as we pray for the needs and people of our village and nation.
- Call into church and complete a prayer card (anonymously if you wish) if you would like someone or something prayed for during that week.
- Email me: with your prayer requests. (form below)
- Join us for a Prayer Meeting in St Mary’s from 8 – 10 pm on Thursday 12 May as we pray together for the churches here in Redbourn, for our world and for each other.
I know with great certainty that prayer must be at the heart of all we do. I hope you will join me in praying during this week: ‘Thy kingdom come, thy will be done…’
Christian Aid Week’s house to house collection takes place each year in May (15 – 21 May 2016) and is Christian Aid’s main fundraising event. It is both the largest house to house collection and the largest single act of Christian witness in the UK with as many as 300,000 collectors raising around £10 million. Could you help with Redbourn’s effort in making it even more this year?
Please would you join the excellent and dedicated team of collectors in our village this year? It need take no more than three hours of your time to collect from one road in the village. Collectors must be over 16. If you can help, please do get in touch with one of us. Thanks.
At 11.30 on 23rd April, the bells of St. Mary’s will be rung to celebrate St. George’s Day as part of a nationwide “Ringing for England” rolling ringing challenge. Teams of ringers from across Hertfordshire will be aiming to ring as many of the county’s bells as possible on that day and it is hoped that this will generate some positive publicity for bell ringing.
The idea is to get the 44,000 bell ringers to ring the 208,000 bells in the 12,000 churches ringing across the country on St. George’s Day, England’s Day – April 23rd.
Why? Because that was when St. George was martyred, his death decreed by Diocletian for refusing to give up Christianity. He was a brave young man and very worthy of being hailed a Patron Saint.
There will be people from all walks of life, all ages, even teenagers, who will be ringing out of every corner of the entire country. They will ring from towers that might have just one bell or some that have a stupendous 13, in small parish churches, priories, abbeys, minsters, cathedrals, universities and even a castle.
Anyone can learn to ring no matter what age, so if you are interested in ringing in Redbourn, you are invited to come to St. Mary’s Church for any of our Tuesday evening practice sessions which begin at 7.45 pm. We would really like to train some new ringers to supplement our local band, so if it is something that you have always fancied trying, now is your chance! We have a couple of learners already and you will have plenty of encouragement and support from experienced bell ringers.
For further details, contact Liz Middleton: