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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…’
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:
If you walk down the main shopping street in Woodbridge, Suffolk, you’ll come across a chocolate shop. And like nearly every other chocolate shop at this time of year it’s got a themed St Valentine’s day display. The implication is if you want to show proper love, then you need to buy some premium chocolate and give it to that special person in your life. Failing that I hear Nurses, Doctors and the Clergy are grateful recipients!
If you then walk around the corner, you’ll come to church that has a large glass floor to ceiling doorway. It too has a display for St Valentine’s day. There’s a small table laid for tea for two with cakes, some red hearts, a tea set and chairs. But the difference is in a frame to the right. There are some verses from this Sundays Epistle reading from 1 Corinthians 13. They are such well known words but they bear repeating in a modern translation: “Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.”
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