The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have called for a “great wave of prayer” for the evangelisation of England.
They go on to say:
“At the heart of our prayers will be words that Jesus 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.”
In the Diocese of London this will coincide with our fourth consecutive Week of Prayer in preparation for Pentecost.
The Bishop of London hopes that together we can create a wave of prayer across our diocese.
Initiatives to encourage us in prayer include the Prayer Mate app now downloaded by over 100,000 people www.geero.net/prayermate/ and the ‘Pray for Seven’ challenge as part of Capital Vision 2020 – see Diocese of London website.
At St. Stephen’s, there will be several ways to join in this national call to prayer:
Ascension Day, Thursday, 5th May
Supper from 6pm – hosted by Youth Group
Service and Prayer from 7.30pm
Saturday, 7th May
St. Paul’s Cathedral
Doors open at 6.30pm
Service starts at 7.15pm
‘A gathering at St. Paul’s cathedral to ignite and inspire worship and intercession’.
Entry is free but by ticket only so either speak to Jeremy or ‘Tola; or register on the diocesan website.
6th-13th May Topics and simple suggestions for prayer will be
e-mailed daily to all those on our church mailing list.
If you are not presently on the list please speak to ‘Tola.
Prayer Space 6th-13th May
The side chapel will be set up as a prayer space for individual prayer, creative ideas for writing or drawing prayers, simple suggestions, bible texts, opportunity to light candles etc…
To access the space please contact ’Tola and let her know what time and day you would like to use the prayer space and we will arrange access.