Swanage Churches
‘Thy Kingdom Come’
Praying for our nation this Pentecost
8pm Sunday 8th May to 8am Sunday 15th May
This year Justin Welby and John Sentamu, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, have challenged the whole Church in England to join in prayer for the evangelisation of our nation.  They write, ”In the week leading up to Pentecost (May 8th-15th, 2016) we long to see a great wave of prayer across our land, throughout the Church of England and many other Churches….At the heart of our prayers will be the words that Jesus Christ himself taught us - ‘Thy kingdom come, thy will be done.’

For more info you can see a video message from Archbishop Justin.
So that’s the challenge.  How will we respond to it?  Well we believe this is something for the whole Church in Swanage to embrace, not just the Anglican Team, so Churches Together are planning to respond to the Archbishops’ Call to Prayer in a way that can include us all.

This is the plan.  There will be a week of 24/7 prayer – that is to have folks praying 24 hours a day, from 8pm on Sunday 8th May right through to 8am Sunday 15th May. We’ll be praying in relays, each taking an hour at a time.  We’d like everyone to sign up, if possible not just for one hour but for a regular slot if you can. 

The idea is that during the day from 8am-8pm we will pray at St Aldhelm’s Chapel (the side chapel) at St Mary’s Church.  There will be tea and coffee and literature available at St Mary’s to encourage us to pray.  Then at night time from 8pm-8am we will sign up to pray at home. We’ll also be holding Morning and Evening Prayer at 8am and 6pm every day and meetings for open worship and prayer at 9am and 7pm, plus communion on Wednesday at 11am.  So there’ll be something for everyone whatever sort of prayer you find most helpful – whether it’s open prayer and worship, more liturgical prayer services or silent prayer.  The important thing is that we pray.

Prayer points

There are some suggested prayer points listed just after the prayer schedue below.

Please sign up below now to be part of this amazing initiative.
Book your Prayer Hour
Choose your preferred Prayer day(s) and hour from the schedule below then complete the form and click the Submit button.
 
Note - We will display your initials against your chosen prayer hour in each day of the schedule below.
Your Name
Your Email address
The preferred day(s) and Hour of your prayer time
Your phone number
Submit

Sunday 15th May

Suggested prayer points

Communities
Look at the map and pray for the different areas and needs.
eg. Crime levels, road safety.

Neighbours
Pray for your own street. For wellbeing and salvation. Pray for opportunities to get to know your neighbours.   

Children
Protection, schools, family life, clubs, The Wave, and church activities such as holiday clubs, Open the Book, school assemblies.        

Needs
Housing, employment, loneliness, access to services eg. Social services, Job centre, Food bank, Communicare, Depression Group, Fresh Prospects, Besom, Link visiting, Art workshop

Medical provision
Health Centre and Hospital.  

Business
New businesses to come to Swanage that provide all year employment

Churches
Unity, our leaders, that we would find ways to share the love of God in our community. That everyone in the land would hear the good news of salvation through Jesus!
The Lord's Prayer

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
Your Kingdom come,
your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For yours is the Kingdom the Power and the Glory.

AMEN