Mildenhall Anglican Church

Thy Kingdom come”- an invitation to join in a wave of global prayer May10th to 20th


From the St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocesan web-site: “This is a simple invitation to pray between

Ascension and Pentecost for friends and family to come to faith. Now in its third year, participation has grown

every year”. Who can you be praying for?


The Archbishops are encouraging us to join with churches around the world in extra prayer between

Ascension Day and Pentecost.

Archbishop Justin Welby says:

I cannot remember in my life anything that I’ve been involved in where I have sensed so clearly the work of the Spirit. 


Each one of us can pray more and be part of this. Below are suggestions for prayer from the “Thy Kingdom

come” web-site. More resources for prayer can be found there.


Prayer during the day with Thy Kingdom Come DISCOVERING A PATTERN FOR PRAYER


During Thy Kingdom Come, you are invited to discover new habits and ways of praying to God, that those

whom you know might come to know Jesus.


From the earliest days of the Church, people have gathered together to praise God and to pray for salvation

through his Son. Prayer During the Day is a form of worship and prayer which can be used by individuals or

in groups, at any time of the day, as a structure for praise and petition. It is drawn from Common Worship,

one of the worship resources of the Church of England. You are welcome to use it in any way you like, or

change it so that it suits your needs.


Whether you are new to ‘structured’ prayer or an old hand, you are invited to try Prayer During the Day for the

period between Ascension and Pentecost. We hope you may find in it a spiritual rhythm which will nourish

your heart and keep prayer on your lips, enabling you to become part of a global wave of prayer.


HOW TO USE PRAYER DURING THE DAY


You can read what follows out loud, or to yourself

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You can pray by yourself or in a group. When in a group, everyone can say the words in bold type. You can

choose to say or sing psalms and songs.


God of our salvation, hope of all the ends of the earth, we pray:

Thy kingdom come.


That the world may know Jesus Christ as the Prince of Peace, we pray:

Thy kingdom come.


That we may be bold to speak the word of God while you stretch out your hand to save, we pray:

Thy kingdom come.



That the Church may be generous in giving, faithful in serving, bold in proclaiming, we pray:

Thy kingdom come.


That the day may come when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, we

pray

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Thy kingdom come.


Almighty God,

your ascended Son has sent us into the world

to preach the good news of your kingdom:

inspire us with your Spirit

and fill our hearts with the fire of your love,

that all who hear your Word

may be drawn to you

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through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



Generous God Generous People” Introduction

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During June and July services we will have an opportunity to learn more about how we respond to God’s

grace in our lives by using the material “Generous God Generous people” material prepared by Canon

Graham Hedger.

It is an important time for us as individuals and a church together to grow in our living for God.


The Generous God Generous people material is based on Mark’s gospel. The following is given as an

introduction and preparation.


Mark was probably the first gospel to be written. The whole story is styled to point to the key question – who

is this Jesus and why did he come?


To explore what Mark’s gospel says about generous giving, it is important to remember the context. It’s all

about who Jesus is and our response to Him. The teaching of Jesus on our attitudes to others

, possessions and lifestyles shouldn’t be separated from the challenge to see Him for who He is. Jesus

gave everything to save us and we should respond with our whole selves.


This is demonstrated in Mark 1:29-31 where Jesus heals Simon’s mother-in-law. He saves her from her

illness. Her response to his action is to get up and wait on Jesus and the others in the house. Jesus

reaches out to an ill woman and her immediate response is generous service and hospitality.


So, what does this mean for group leaders, preparing sessions on money and possessions and our

attitudes to them? Well, firstly, why not read the whole of Mark’s gospel or listen to it at a sitting so


you get the feel and pace of the story? It’s about 30 pages long.


The disciples listened to Jesus’ teaching and presumably discussed it and asked Him about it as they

tramped the countryside. Listening, discussing and then reflecting on what all this meant helped them

eventually understand who Jesus was. As 21st century followers of Jesus, we cannot listen to Jesus

in the same way. However, we do have the luxury of the Bible available. A Generous God, Generous People

booklet of 35 daily Bible readings is also available if you would like to use this alongside the material we will

cover in services. Some people also find it helpful to keep a journal to record questions,prayers, insights and decisions.


It is also helpful to think about the social background of Jesus’ listeners and the readers of Mark. In many

ways, the first century Roman Empire is








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