On Monday 14 May, at 3pm, Mothers’ Union will be uniting in a Global Moment of worship from Coventry Cathedral to pray “Thy Kingdom Come”. The service will also be streamed live from Mothers’ Union’s website enabling members, friends and the wider Christian community worldwide to take part.
Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement which invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension (10 May) and Pentecost (20 May) for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. What started out as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in 2016 to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.
Lynne Tembey, Mothers’ Union’s Worldwide President, believes it is important that Mothers’ Union, which represents four million members globally, engages with this prayer initiative, “Prayer is at the heart of everything we strive to achieve. By God’s grace much is enabled. Through the words of Thy Kingdom Come, we are praying for His Kingdom to come and God’s will be done through each and every initiative we undertake. As a movement of people, we endeavour to show God’s love, bringing transformation and change into lives through our actions,” she explains.
Lynne continues, “As a worldwide organisation that seeks to share the love of God through our work with families and communities, we gladly join together to pray Thy Kingdom Come.”
The Very Revd Bob Key, Anglican Communion Lead for Thy Kingdom Come, based at Lambeth Palace, will be preaching at the service. He says of Mothers’ Union’s involvement, “Mission agencies are important partners for us and none more so than Mothers’ Union who have been quick to grasp the vision and enthusiastic in making it possible for members all round the world to be a part of Thy Kingdom Come and pray for their friends to discover the love of the Lord Jesus.”
As well as the special Thy Kingdom Come prayer, the hour-long service will reflect the vibrancy and joy which is Mothers’ Union, with traditional and modern hymns, a dance by Mothers’ Union’s Community Development Coordinator for Birmingham, Sandra Golding, as well as Birmingham Community Gospel Choir joining the celebration.
This year the service will be especially symbolic for Mothers’ Union because of its work and focus on reconciliation locally, nationally and globally. Coventry Cathedral is a world leader in Christian-based Reconciliation with a global network of some 200 Christian reconciling organisations connected to it and to one another via the Community of the Cross of Nails. Mothers’ Union will be joining this network later in 2018, in which a physical Cross of Nails is received from Coventry; in preparation for this, the Cross that Mothers’ Union will receive will be blessed as part of this 14th May service.
Mothers’ Union Diocese of Coventry President, Jane Hill, says, “Coventry Cathedral is a special place, with a powerful ministry of Peace and Reconciliation. Our prayer for forgiveness, the Coventry Litany of Reconciliation, acknowledges the ways in which we have dishonoured God. As we receive His forgiveness, and pray together for God’s Kingdom to come, we will pray for true peace and reconciliation within our own families and communities, and for our sisters and brothers throughout the world.”
Thy Kingdom Come is already making waves throughout the world. “We are seeing more individual Christians and churches get involved every day. Services and events are being planned, folk are working out the best way for them to join in. ‘Pray for Five’ is perhaps the most direct way. Choose five folk who do not yet know Christ and pray for them every day between Ascension and Pentecost then look for ways to bring them nearer Jesus. From New Zealand to New York, from Scarborough to Sydney people are getting involved,” says Key.
Mothers’ Union welcomes anyone interested to join the service either by coming to Coventry Cathedral on Monday 14 May at 3pm (refreshments will be provided afterwards) or logging on to the live stream http://www.mothersunion.org/ThyKingdomCome
To find out more about Thy Kingdom Come go to www.thykingdomcome.global.
To learn more about Coventry Cathedral go to http://www.coventrycathedral.org.uk/wpsite/