From Ascension Day on 25 May to Pentecost on 4 June, parishes across the Diocese will be joining with Christians worldwide in a ten-day wave of prayer for the coming of God’s Kingdom. This is the second year of the initiative from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and this year it’s become a global movement with Christians of several denominations around the world praying together for more people to come to know Jesus. It hardly needs saying that this fits well with our Kingdom People Vision.
Throughout our own diocese, many of us will be getting involved with prayer events planned in deaneries and parishes. We hope lots of people will also join us in pilgrimage – walking from the four compass points to form the shape of a cross as we converge at Worcester Cathedral for a service of praise and celebration at 7pm on Pentecost Eve.
Christians in the north of our diocese will have their own event as well – at 2.30pm on Pentecost itself. People from all denominations will be gathering in Priory Ruins to pray for particularly for Dudley Borough.
At the centre of this is prayer. Together we’d like to cover the ten days in a wave of 24/7 prayer and hope as many people as possible will join in and ‘pledge to pray’.
As Archbishop Justin says: “In praying ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ we all commit to playing our part in the renewal of the nations and the transformation of communities… I cannot remember in my life anything that I’ve been involved in where I have sensed so clearly the work of the Spirit.”
I pray that the evidence of this being a great work of the Spirit will be very clear to us in this Diocese.
Rt Revd Dr John Inge
Bishop of Worcester