Mildenhall Anglican Church

Join the global wave of prayer calling all Christians to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ
An invitation written by The Novena Team Canterbury 2019:

May 30th - June 9th 2019

Ascension is the day when we remember Jesus’ return to heaven after his resurrection, and Pentecost is when we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Jesus’ disciples - often known as the ‘birthday of the Church’. The nine days between these two key celebrations offer us an opportunity for prayer and reflection as we long for that gift of the Holy Spirit for ourselves and our communities.

In this in-between time, we invite you to pray with us, “Thy Kingdom Come” - that the Holy Spirit would come and bless and challenge us to witness to God’s life-changing work.

When we came to prepare this year’s Novena, we felt drawn to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s Gospel. As we explored deeper in and around the Sermon, we found so many passages that speak of God’s love and care for even the smallest details of our lives - and of the ways in which Jesus challenges our attitudes, priorities and perceptions. This is your invitation to explore for yourself, through art and prayer, this dual message of love and challenge. As you do so, know that you are part of the global Thy Kingdom Come family, seeking God’s transformation for yourself and those you meet. Join with us as we pray together “Come Holy Spirit: Thy Kingdom Come” - and may our waiting and praying open our hearts afresh to God’s possibilities.

Day 1 – Friday:

Praise LOOK… and be curious.

WAIT… with prayerful expectation. Come Holy Spirit: Thy Kingdom Come.

READ… the text with an open mind. You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its


saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the


light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel


basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before


others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:13-16)


LISTEN… for a word with a willing heart.

RESPOND… with prayer and action. O God the source of all light, May we bring salt and light to your world, drawing out your presence in the everyday. As we offer you our lives, shape us as disciples, that we may reveal your goodness and reflect your light. In Jesus’ name, Amen


Day 2 – Saturday:

Thanks LOOK… and be curious.

WAIT… with prayerful expectation. Come Holy Spirit: Thy Kingdom Come.

READ… the text with an open mind. And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you - you of little faith? (Matthew 6:28-30)

LISTEN… for a word with a willing heart.

RESPOND… with prayer and action. O God of all creation before whom all the flowers of the field bow down, as with gratitude we recognise your provision and possibility for all on earth, clothe us in your humble beauty and draw us to the new simplicity that Jesus reveals within us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Day 3 – Sunday:

Sorry LOOK… and be curious.

WAIT… with prayerful expectation. Come Holy Spirit: Thy Kingdom Come.

READ… the text with an open mind. So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. (Matthew 5:23-24)

LISTEN… for a word with a willing heart.

RESPOND… with prayer and action. O God of wholeness and hope, healer of broken hearts and homes and communities, impel us towards one another in acts of peace, teach us to recognise and reconcile our conflicts and to show forth your Kingdom. For more see the Thy Kingdom Come web-page booklet for nine daysa.