The Church isn't dead: #ThyKingdomCome RoundupJoanna Callender - 19 May 2016

We partnered with Worship Central and the Church of England to host events in Cathedrals across England for Pentecost. Take a read of our roundup... 

“We must serve and live like Jesus did. Praying that simple, powerful prayer over and over again..." 

Some people believe the Church is becoming irrelevant to our modern society: too old; too stuffy; its message too outdated; its values too abstract. Some have even argued that the Church, and Christianity, will simply die out. 

But this weekend, thousands of Christians gathered to defy this notion.

Instead, thousands of voices were raised in worship; thousands of prayers were prayed; thousands of people united to welcome God’s presence, rule and reign across a nation. 

As part of Thy Kingdom Come, we gathered in beautiful old Cathedrals across England - thousands of years old - to pray one simple, powerful, mighty prayer:

Your Kingdom Come. 

Your Will be Done.

These words of the Lord’s Prayer are recited everyday across our planet, but this weekend, they seemed to gain a new power and significance in all of us who gathered. In these ancient buildings of worship and praise, it felt right to treat this prayer with a new passion and vigour. 

But the point of gathering together wasn’t simply to sing songs or pray prayers; it was a call to action. 

Because it’s not our services or meetings that make the Church more relevant; how we speak and act in our communities is the only way we’ll keep Christianity alive. And each of us has our own unique part to play in this story; skills and gifts that God has given us, as individuals, to play our part in building His kingdom. 

“If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you?

I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! 

Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”

Matthew 5 (The Message) 

Thy Kingdom Come was a week of prayer that culminated in some incredible prayer and worship across England. But events like these are always just the beginning.

That’s why we finished with a commissioning to go into the world. Because we must go. We must act. We must serve and live like Jesus did. Praying the simple, powerful prayer over and over again. Seeking to revive our Church so that we might rewire our culture. 

This isn’t just a calling for those who gathered in Cathedrals last weekend. This is our calling as Christians.

And we carry this out knowing God on our side; walking alongside us as we seek His Kingdom come and His will done for our friends; families; towns; cities; nations. 

And my feeble, whispered, faithless prayer invokes a thunderous, resounding, bone-shaking great 'Amen!' from countless angels, from heroes of the faith, from Christ himself. And he is the original dreamer, the ultimate winner. Guaranteed.

 - The Vision Poem - 


Photos / Top Row: Gospel choir at Canterbury Cathedral (Photo: Neil McVeigh), Worship at Canterbury Cathedral (Photo: Neil McVeigh), Worship at St Paul's Cathedral (Photo: Neil McVeigh), Raised hands at St Paul's Cathedral (Photo: Pete Ward),

Photos / Bottom Row: Worship at Coventry Cathedral (Photo: Lilli Gunther), Stained glass window at Coventry Cathedral (Photo: Lilli Gunther), Worship at G2, York (Photo: Matt Parkins), Leather Band to Pray for friends (Photo: Matt Parkins) 

Top photo and listing image: Matt Parkins. 

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Joanna Callender

Joanna is part of the 24-7 Prayer Comms team and spends her days editing the website, running social media and dreaming up new prayer ideas. Outside the office, Joanna loves reading cookbooks, practising her photography skills, and good chats over good coffee. 

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