Congregations, church members, and families across the country are being invited by the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland to take part in Thy Kingdom Come, a global prayer movement in 114 countries.
During the period from Ascension to Pentecost (30 May – 9 June) Christians around the world from South Sudan to South Korea will be encouraged to come together in prayer.
Events will take place worldwide during this time such as round-the-clock-prayers, special walks, prayer stations and family activities.
Those who wish to join Thy Kingdom Come can ‘Pledge2Pray’ via the Thy Kingdom Come website.
In addition to an award winning app, resources such as videos and prayers are also available online.
In November, Mrs Brown signed a joint statement with the Archbishop of Canterbury affirming that ‘the Church of Scotland now commits to encouraging all its parishes and people to join in Thy Kingdom Come in 2019 and beyond’.
Begun in 2016 by the Church of England and now involving 65 different denominations, Thy Kingdom Come hopes that “people will be empowered through prayer by the Holy Spirit, finding new confidence to be witnesses for Jesus Christ.”
Partners in mission
The Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, Most Rev Mark Strange, has also joined with the Church of Scotland to commend Thy Kingdom Come.
“One of my abiding memories of childhood was every evening – in a not particularly Christian household – sitting down with my father and saying the Lord’s Prayer together and that sense of calling for ‘Thy Kingdom to Come’.
“So it’s with great delight that we as a denomination, the Scottish Episcopal Church, have been involved in Thy Kingdom Come, primarily at a provincial level, but we’re now working that down towards charge level.
“It’s also with great delight that we share that experience with the Church of Scotland, our partners in mission.
“I ask them, as I know we will do for the Church of Scotland, to pray for each other, as we work through the importance of being able to pray to God and say ‘may thy kingdom come’.”