"Thy Kingdom Come 2020 resources include prayers for people practicing social distancing. https://bit.ly/2xC5DPi".
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"For the fifth year in a row, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is inviting the world’s Christians to pray, from Ascension to Pentecost, that others may come to know Jesus. This time, however, Welby’s call for global prayer, Thy Kingdom Come, includes suggestions for prayer at home and online gatherings as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic". “We intend to do as much as we can digitally, so that for any countries…where lockdowns are in place, everyone can still join in TKC,” says Robert Key, former dean of Jersey and now Anglican Communion lead for the prayer initiative, which was launched February 25 this year. “Nothing can stop us all being in prayer.”
The Rev. David Reed, a retired professor of pastoral theology at Wycliffe College, a "Canadian Anglican scholar who specializes in Pentecostalism and the charistmatic movement says he was surprised to learn this winter that Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby prays every morning in tongues" (p. 1). "Reed said he was struck by how deeply the archbishop seems to have integrated prayer in tongues -- also known as the use of prayer language -- into his daily spiritual discipline" (p. 2). For Reed, "fitting the phenomenon into a linguistic category has not been important. The essential thing, he says, is that it's a form of communication with God that reaches beyond the thinking and formulating part of the self" (p. 2). "Another scholar, Simon Chan, writes about prayer language as a means of achieving a special kind of closeness with God -- like the ungrammatical vocalizations human beings sometime pass into in moments of exceptional intimacy with each other ... 'One is a mother speaking to a baby -- all that kind of language means absolutely nothing to anybody else, and yet to the mother and the baby it's profound communication" (p. 2).
"Plans for a season of repentance and prayer across the Anglican Communion next year  have been put forward by a task group set up after the Primates' Meeting in 2016. The season would be launched with the publication of a specific prayer and would run from Pentecost until late in 2019. The group, which met in London, England, in March  said prayers would focus on individual provinces week by week. Materials to support the initiative will be gathered and distributed by the Anglican Communion Office. Archbishop Ian Ernest, from the Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean, said the season would be the Communion's gift to a world in pain. 'The world knows brokenness', he said. 'The Anglican Communion has had its struggles and its brokenness, too. So, this is our response: our belief that prayer will help us to grow and to love in spite of differences'. The task group, established at the request of primates, aims to restore relationships and rebuild mutual trust and responsibility across the Communion". [Text of entire article.]
"I find it unfortunate that Keith Nunn, in a letter to the editor ('Misguided campaign', Sept. , p. 4) seems to have misunderstood the intentions of the Anglican Communion's 10-day global prayer initiative, Thy Kingdom Come. The campaign did not propose the type of harsh religious intolerance and volatility that he suggests. Thy Kingdom Come invited Christians to pray as the first disciples did, with expectation and anticipating the strengthening of the Holy Spirit for the work of the church. This highly successful campaign saw more than 100,000 people in 85 countries participate, including numerous bishops, dioceses, parishes and individuals here in Canada". "The Anglican Fellowship of Prayer (AFP), which exists to serve, support and encourage prayer, was pleased to participate and promote Thy Kingdom Come". "As a member of the AFP, and a doctoral student focusing on prayer, I would be happy to continue the discussion with Mr. Nunn, or anyone else with such concerns, at their convenience".
"People in two dioceses on opposite sides of the globe have taken part in their first joint annual prayer day. The Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt. Rev. James Newcome, and the Bishop of Northern Argentina, the Rt. Rev. Nick Drayson sent reciprocal messages of greeting. The prayer day builds on work that has been ongoing for more than twenty years to build stronger ties between the two diocese. Since 1995 there have been a number of visits to and from Northern Argentina. There's also been prayerful support for a number of projects including a soup kitchen and medical services, refurbishment of a property as a home for Bishop Nick and ways to restore Christian faith within Amerindian families". [Text of entire article.]
"In 2016 Thy Kingdom Come was born. But in 2017 it can be said that this great movement of prayer became truly global with people from 85 countries taking part" (p. 18). "The resources that we produced [this year] sought to serve a variety of traditions and styles, ages and outlooks. All resources were translated into six languages and available for free on the website ... The drive was to engage as many as possible in ways authentic to each, but inviting all into a more profound and committed pattern of prayer for the 10 days" (p. 18). "The website sought to engage people with a sense of the breadth of prayer, with all being encouraged to #pledgetopray. Those who signed up received a daily video for each of the 10 days straight to the inbox" (p. 18). "This year saw the Lusitanian Church in Portugal translate Thy Kingdom Come material into Portuguese and use it with their own evangelistic programme. In Canada the Prayer Fellowship [sic i.e. Anglican Fellowship of Prayer], led by the Primate's Chief of Staff, saw that leaflets went to rural Anglican churches to encourage participation" (p. 19). "The Bishop of Cuba [Griselda Delgado], who leads a Church in a far from easy environment, found being asked to do one of the 11 prayer videos a marvellous encouragement and affirmation of her own ministry" (p. 19).
"St. Luke writes that following the Ascension of the Lord, the disciples were gathered in an upper room 'constantly devoting themselves to prayer'." "Since those first days of the church, the time between Ascension Day and the Day of Pentecost has been marked by calls to prayer for strength and wisdom in bearing a faithful witness to the gospel, for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit to grace and guide the church in every age". "In the spirit of that long-standing tradition, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, in 2016, invited 'a wave of prayer' across the Church of England. The response, according to Justin Welby, was 'astonishing'. Thousands of people joined in -- not just Anglicans, but people of many other denominations, too, and not just in England, but many other countries around the world. The response inspired the archbishops to launch 'Thy Kingdom Come', a global call to prayer between Ascension Day and the Day of Pentecost, 2017". Archbishop Fred Hiltz has called on the Anglican Church of Canada to participate. Article includes day by day prayer intentions with image of the logo of the 10-day global prayer initiative "Thy Kingdom Come".
"Prayer is a lifeline for us as individual Christians and as part of the body of Jesus Christ. It was Jesus who taught us to pray and He encouraged us to ask for anything in his name. When I meet members of the Communion in different countries around the world I frequently hear stories of the transforming power of prayer, so it is very fitting that this issue of Anglican World has a focus on prayer and making space for spiritual development".
"In the nine days leading up to Pentecost Sunday (15 May)  the Archbishops [of Canterbury and York] invited Christians to join a national call to pray. Taking a lines from the Lord's prayer, the initiative 'Thy Kingdom Come' called on people in the UK to pray for the evangelisation of the nation. The Archbishop's Evangelism Task Group Project Leader, Emma Buchan, said, 'We were astonished by the take up. We have over 100,000 people involved, which we believe was God at work'. In a letter sent out to all the Primates of the Anglican Communion this summer, the Archbishop wrote, 'We are hoping that next year, we might expand 'Thy Kingdom Come' to take place not only in England but across other provinces of the Anglican Communion that wish to be involved'. (p. 8)" "Archbishop Justin [Welby] said, 'It is impossible to overstate the life-transforming power of the Lord's Prayer" (p. 9).