We're into the second week of our 2018 'Thy Kingdom Come' prayer focus. This Sunday we will focus on the Lord's prayer. Glenis has put together some Prayer Stations focusing on the Lord's Prayer which we will spend some time in the service reflecting on. These will be used both during the 9am service in the hall and the Messy Church that follows.
We also will take time to remind ourselves that we have committed to praying for five (5) people to become Christ and/or find God's blessing in some significant way. Next Sunday (Pentecost) we will hear from some of you how our praying has worked out.
In the interview below between Archbishop Justin Welby and Rachel Jordan Wolf (the C of E National Mission & Evangelism Adviser) we will hear them reflecting on what it means to pray, "Thy Kingdom Come". Perhaps this discussion will help us to deepen our praying as we uphold our five.
Ascension Day 10th to Pentecost Sunday 20th May 2018
At St Hilda's we will join with Christians around the world and in the Wellington Anglican Diocese to focus on prayer for 10 days between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost Sunday. In fact we will introduce the focus in services on Sunday 6th May and wrap up on Sunday 27th May when the Diocesan Prayer Ambulance will be at St Hilda's, having been around Upper Hutt for a few days before.
During the launch of this prayer initiative in St Hilda's on May 6th, worshipers will review the short video presented by Pete Greig from 24-7 Prayer which tells the story of the great preacher DL Moody who prayed for 100 of his friends who didn't yet know Jesus - and the extraordinary result that had. It's an encouragement for us all to pray for our friends who we'd love to know the good news of Jesus and his provision for them. Using the leather prayer strap, Pete ties five knots to remind him of five friends to pray for this Pentecost as part of Thy Kingdom Come.
Having been invited by Pete to pray for 5 people during Ascension to Pentecost we will consider: