June/July 2019 - Vol. 104

An Ecumenical Global Prayer Movement for Renewal and Mission - Pentecost 2019

Thy Kingdom Come 
    “Come Holy Spirit: Thy Kingdom Come”

Almighty God, your ascended Son has sent us into the world
to preach the good news of your kingdom:
inspire us with your Spirit and fill our hearts with the fire of your love,
that all who hear your word may be drawn to you,
 through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The following selection of Scripture Readings and Prayers is adapted from a prayer booklet developed by Thy Kingdom Come, an annual ecumenical global prayer initiative which takes place between Ascension and Pentecost. These prayer resources can be used by individuals, families, communities, and churches. Feel free to use this shortened version adapted by Living Bulwark or the longer version available online - ed.

“All Christians are encouraged to seek the fresh empowering of the Holy Spirit so that we may live out our calling to be witnesses to Jesus Christ.”

Thy Kingdom Come is an annual ecumenical prayer initiative which takes place between Ascension and Pentecost. It originally began in the Church of England in 2016 and has since grown into a global ecumenical prayer movement. The nine days between Ascension and Pentecost have always been infused with expectation and anticipation. When our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven forty days after his resurrection, he promised his disciples the gift of the Holy Spirit to enable them to be his witnesses.

As those first followers waited for the promise to be fulfilled by constantly devoting themselves to prayer (Acts 1:11), so the renewed call across the church is to set these days apart to pray. In the gospels we read again and again how people would bring friends, loved ones, family members, and children to Jesus.

There is a recommended focus for prayers in these nine days — most particularly to bring to God five individuals, that they might have an encounter with Jesus Christ. > Click here for the evangelism prayer journal and action plan.


Christ did not enter a sanctuary made by human hands, a mere copy of the true one, but he entered into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.
Hebrews 9.24

Almighty God, your ascended Son has sent us into the world to preach the good news of your kingdom: inspire us with your Spirit and fill our hearts with the fire of your love, that all who hear your Word may be drawn to you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.  
Collect for Thy Kingdom Come


‘Thou that hast given so much to me, Give one thing more, A grateful heart.’
George Herbert


As it is, we do not yet see everything in subjection to human beings, but we do see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honour because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
Hebrews 2.8b-10

Almighty God, who sent your Spirit to be the life and light of your Church: open our hearts to the riches of his grace, that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit in love and joy and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

‘God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but He does what is still more wonderful: He makes saints out of sinners.’
Soren Kierkegaard


I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8.38,39
O King enthroned on high, Comforter and Spirit of truth, you that are in all places and fill all things, the treasury of blessings and the giver of life, come and dwell with us, cleanse us from every stain and save our souls, O gracious one. Amen.  
an Orthodox prayer
‘ We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence.’
Mother Teresa of Calcutta

SUNDAY - June 2

On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, “Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.”’ Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive.  
John 7.37-39a

Blessed are you, creator God, to you be praise and glory for ever. As your Spirit moved over the face of the waters bringing light and life to your creation, pour out your Spirit on us today that we may walk as children of light and by your grace reveal your presence. Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

‘The right way to pray is to stretch out our hands and ask of One who we know has the heart of a Father.’
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

MONDAY - June 3

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.   Isaiah 40.28-end

Come, O Spirit of God, and make within us your dwelling place and home. May our darkness be dispelled by your light, and our troubles calmed by your peace; may all evil be redeemed by your love, all pain transformed through the suffering of Christ, and all dying glorified in his risen life. Amen.

‘Be who God made you to be and you will set the world on fire.’
St Catherine of Siena

TUESDAY - June 4

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone.  To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.  
I Corinthians 12.4-7

Father, let your Spirit come upon us with power to fill us with his gifts. May he make our hearts pleasing to you, and ready to do your will. We ask this through Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Prayer from the Office of Readings

‘Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.’
Helen Keller


I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female slaves, in those days, I will pour out my spirit.  
Joel 2.28,29

Almighty God, who called your Church to witness that you were in Christ reconciling men to yourself: help us so to proclaim the good news of your love, that all who hear it may be reconciled to you; through him who died for us and rose again and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

‘ Come, Lord, stir us up and call us back. Kindle and seize us. Be our fire and our sweetness. Let us love. Let us run.’
Augustine of Hippo


Jesus said, ‘Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish? Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!’  
Luke 11.9-13

O God the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: we beseech you, leave us not comfortless, but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us and exalt us to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 To pass through the door that leads to God’s kingdom, we must go down on our knees.’ Catherine Doherty

FRIDAY - June 7

In Christ every one of God’s promises is a ‘Yes’. For this reason it is through him that we say the ‘Amen’, to the glory of God. But it is God who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us, by putting his seal on us and giving us his Spirit in our hearts as a first instalment.   2 Corinthians 1.20-22

Almighty God, you have broken the tyranny of sin and have sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts whereby we call you Father. Give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service, that all mankind may be brought to the glorious liberty of the sons of God; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


The Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.  
2 Corinthians 3.17,18

God of power and mercy, send your Holy Spirit to live in our hearts and make us temples of his glory. We ask this through Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Prayer from the Office of Readings

‘ The music of the gospel leads us home.’
Frederick Faber


Jesus said, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’  
John 20.21,22

Father of light from whom every good gift comes, send your Spirit into our lives with the power of a mighty wind, and by the flame of your wisdom open the horizons of our minds. Loosen our tongues to sing your praise in words beyond the power of speech, for without your Spirit man could never raise his voice in words of peace or announce the truth that Jesus is Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one Go, for ever and ever.
Prayer for Pentecost Day from Office of Readings

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