From 25th May, Ascension Day*, to 4th June, Pentecost*, Christians throughout the world will be praying for the spread of the Gospel.
We urge people to pray for those in their own families who are not yet Christians, for those among their friends, for those at school, at work or in other groupings. Pray for them by name.
But also we ask people to use these simple prayers. If possible gather with your family, or with other Christians. Light a candle and always finish with the Lord’s prayer. Each day there is a psalm to say, some suggested intercessions and a prayer. Finish with the Lord’s Prayer, remembering that this is the prayer Jesus himself taught us.
Our time of prayer finishes with a service for all the churches of Heavitree, at 3.30pm on Sunday 4th in the RC Church, the Church of the Blessed Sacrament.
*Ascension Day is the day Jesus went back into heaven It is 40 days after Easter. He asked his disciples to go back into Jerusalem and to pray. It was over a week before those disciples experienced the coming of the Holy Spirit on a day we call Pentecost (which means 50 days, 50 days after Easter).
Quick Links for Thy Kingdom Come
- 25th May Ascension Day – Theme: To Jesus
- 26th May Friday – Theme: Praise
- 27th May Saturday – Theme: Thanks
- 28th May Sunday – Theme: Sorry
- 29th May Monday – Theme: Offer
- 30th May Tuesday – Theme: Pray for
- 31st May Wednesday – Theme: Help
- 1st June Thursday – Theme: Adore
- 2nd June Friday – Theme: Celebrate
- 3rd June Saturday – Theme: Silence
- 4th June Sunday – Theme: Thy Kingdom Come
25th May, Ascension Day. Theme: To Jesus
We pray for the Church throughout the world
For persecuted Christians
For all bishops
A Prayer for Help – Psalm 120
120 When I was in trouble, I called to the Lord,
and he answered me.
2 Save me, Lord,
from liars and deceivers.
3 You liars, what will God do to you?
How will he punish you?
4 With a soldier’s sharp arrows,
with red-hot coals!
5 Living among you is as bad as living in Meshech
or among the people of Kedar.
6 I have lived too long
with people who hate peace!
7 When I speak of peace,
they are for war.
Today we remember the glory of heaven as Jesus returns there. He has been born, lived died and risen again, all for our sakes.
We thank you for all he has done for us, for his love and his new life. May Jesus our Lord be glorified in our lives, by our prayers, our worship and our love.
26th May – Friday. Theme: Praise
Praise God for the Resurrection of Jesus
Praise God for the love we have received in our lives
Praise God for calling us to be disciples of Jesus.
The Lord Our Protector – Psalm 121
121 I look to the mountains;
where will my help come from?
2 My help will come from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not let you fall;
your protector is always awake.
4 The protector of Israel
never dozes or sleeps.
5 The Lord will guard you;
he is by your side to protect you.
6 The sun will not hurt you during the day,
nor the moon during the night.
7 The Lord will protect you from all danger;
he will keep you safe.
8 He will protect you as you come and go
now and forever.
Blessing and honour and thanksgiving and praise
more than we can utter,
more than we can conceive,
be unto Thee, O holy and glorious Trinity,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
by all angels, all people, all creatures,
for ever and ever.
27th May – Saturday. Theme: Thanks
Give thanks for those who love us
Give thanks for the people with whom we worship
Give thanks for Jesus
In Praise of Jerusalem – Psalm 122
122 I was glad when they said to me,
“Let us go to the Lord‘s house.”
2 And now we are here,
standing inside the gates of Jerusalem!
3 Jerusalem is a city restored
in beautiful order and harmony.
4 This is where the tribes come,
the tribes of Israel,
to give thanks to the Lord
according to his command.
5 Here the kings of Israel
sat to judge their people.
6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May those who love you prosper.
7 May there be peace inside your walls
and safety in your palaces.”
8 For the sake of my relatives and friends
I say to Jerusalem, “Peace be with you!”
9 For the sake of the house of the Lord our God
I pray for your prosperity.
Prayer of Saint Richard of Chichester
Thanks be to thee, my Lord Jesus Christ,
for all the benefits thou hast given me,
for all the pains and insults thou hast borne for me.
O most merciful redeemer, friend and brother,
may I know thee more clearly,
love thee more dearly,
and follow thee more nearly, day by day.
28th May – Sunday. Theme: Sorry
Sorry that our sins have driven Jesus to the cross
Sorry for the lies we have told
Sorry for the times we have forgotten God
A Prayer for Mercy – Psalm 123
123 Lord, I look up to you,
up to heaven, where you rule.
2 As a servant depends on his master,
as a maid depends on her mistress,
so we will keep looking to you, O Lord our God,
until you have mercy on us.
3 Be merciful to us, Lord, be merciful;
we have been treated with so much contempt.
4 We have been mocked too long by the rich
and scorned by proud oppressors.
O Lord Jesus Christ,
who took upon yourself the form of a servant,
humbling yourself and accepting death for us,
even the death of the cross;
grant that this mind may be also in us,
so that we may gladly take upon ourselves the lives of humility and service,
and taking up our cross daily,
may follow you in your suffering and death,
that with you we may attain the power of your endless life.
Grant this, Lord Jesus, our Saviour and our King.
29th May – Monday. Theme: Offer
We offer Almighty God our best efforts
We offer God our talents and our time
We offer God our love and service
God the Protector of His People – Psalm 124
124 What if the Lord had not been on our side?
Answer, O Israel!
2 “If the Lord had not been on our side
when our enemies attacked us,
3 then they would have swallowed us alive
in their furious anger against us;
4 then the flood would have carried us away,
the water would have covered us,
5 the raging torrent would have drowned us.”
6 Let us thank the Lord,
who has not let our enemies destroy us.
7 We have escaped like a bird from a hunter’s trap;
the trap is broken, and we are free!
8 Our help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
who accepted the offering of the Virgin Mary
when she agreed to be mother of your Son, Jesus,
help us to show the same meekness, faith and love,
so we may in our turn offer all that we are
and all that we hope to be
to your praise and the building up of your Kingdom.
30th May – Tuesday. Theme: Pray for
Pray for the peace of the world
Pray for the hungry and the poorest of the world
Pray for refugees and all who are homeless.
Pray for the spread of the Gospel, nationally, throughout the world and in this parish.
The Security of God’s People – Psalm 125
125 Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
which can never be shaken, never be moved.
2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so the Lord surrounds his people,
now and forever.
3 The wicked will not always rule over the land of the righteous;
if they did, the righteous themselves might do evil.
4 Lord, do good to those who are good,
to those who obey your commands.
5 But when you punish the wicked,
punish also those who abandon your ways.
Peace be with Israel!
Be mindful, O Lord, of your people present before you, and of those who are absent through age, sickness or infirmity. Care for the infants, guide the young, support the aged, encourage the faint hearted, collect the scattered and bring the wandering to your fold. Travel with the voyagers, defend the widows, shield the orphans, deliver the captives, heal the sick. Succour all who are in tribulation, necessity or distress. Remember for good all those who love us, and those who hate us; and those who have asked us, unworthy though we are, to pray for them. And those whom we have forgotten, O Lord, remember. For you are the Helper of the helpless, the Saviour of the lost, the Refuge of the wanderer, the Healer of the sick. You who know each persons need, and have heard their prayer, grant unto each according to your merciful kindness and your eternal love; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
A prayer of the Eastern Church.
31st May – Wednesday. Theme: Help.
Lord, help us to be more loving
Help us to encourage others to faith
Help us to be your disciples in every aspect of life.
A Prayer for Deliverance – Psalm 126
126 When the Lord brought us back to Jerusalem,
it was like a dream!
2 How we laughed, how we sang for joy!
Then the other nations said about us,
“The Lord did great things for them.”
3 Indeed he did great things for us;
how happy we were!
4 Lord, make us prosperous again,
just as the rain brings water back to dry riverbeds.
5 Let those who wept as they planted their crops,
gather the harvest with joy!
6 Those who wept as they went out carrying the seed
will come back singing for joy,
as they bring in the harvest.
Abide with me; fast falls the eventide
The darkness deepens, Lord with me abide!
When other helpers fail, and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.
1st June – Thursday. Theme: Adore
We adore Jesus in his humanity
We adore Jesus in his Risen Life
We adore Jesus present for us in the bread and wine of the Mass
We adore the ascended Christ, in glory for ever.
We adore Jesus for his great love for all people.
In Praise of God’s Goodness
127 If the Lord does not build the house,
the work of the builders is useless;
if the Lord does not protect the city,
it does no good for the sentries to stand guard.
2 It is useless to work so hard for a living,
getting up early and going to bed late.
For the Lord provides for those he loves,
while they are asleep.
3 Children are a gift from the Lord;
they are a real blessing.
4 The sons a man has when he is young
are like arrows in a soldier’s hand.
5 Happy is the man who has many such arrows.
He will never be defeated
when he meets his enemies in the place of judgment.
Worthy of praise from every mouth, of confession from every tongue, of worship from every creature, is thy glorious name, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who didst create the world by the word of thy power, and in love didst wonderfully redeem it. Wherefore with angels, and archangels, and all the company of heaven, we adore and magnify thy holy name, evermore praising thee and saying:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts,
Heaven and earth are full of thy glory:
Glory be to Thee, O Lord, most High.
2nd June – Friday. Theme: Celebrate
We celebrate Jesus’ victory over death
We celebrate the love which binds us all in one in Christ
We celebrate the beauty of God’s creation
The Reward of Obedience to the Lord – Psalm 128
128 Happy are those who obey the Lord,
who live by his commands.
2 Your work will provide for your needs;
you will be happy and prosperous.
3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine in your home,
and your children will be like young olive trees around your table.
4 A man who obeys the Lord
will surely be blessed like this.
5 May the Lord bless you from Zion!
May you see Jerusalem prosper
all the days of your life!
6 May you live to see your grandchildren!
Peace be with Israel!
Lord you leave us so much to celebrate.
It is with joy that we stand before you
It is with joy that we build your Kingdom
It is with joy that we kneel to adore you
It is with joy that we confess your holy name.
We celebrate your gifts, full of grace and truth.
The gift of love
The gift of faith
The gift of truth
The gift of Jesus.
We may be unworthy of such great gifts, but you give them anyway.
And for this we celebrate with all the saints and angels of heaven.
3rd June – Saturday. Theme: Silence
Let us keep silence
Remember that God said, ‘Be still and know that I am God.’ Psalm 46
‘In returning and in rest is your salvation, in quietness and in confidence is your strength.’ Isaiah 30.15
And pray for the deaf, the lonely and the bereaved, for whom silence is a symbol of their suffering.
A Prayer against Israel’s Enemies – Psalm 129
129 Israel, tell us how your enemies have persecuted you
ever since you were young.
2 “Ever since I was young,
my enemies have persecuted me cruelly,
but they have not overcome me.
3 They cut deep wounds in my back
and made it like a plowed field.
4 But the Lord, the righteous one,
has freed me from slavery.”
5 May everyone who hates Zion
be defeated and driven back.
6 May they all be like grass growing on the housetops,
which dries up before it can grow;
7 no one gathers it up
or carries it away in bundles.
8 No one who passes by will say,
“May the Lord bless you!
We bless you in the name of the Lord.”
In the stillness of a dark night you were born.
In the silence of the wilderness you were tempted.
In the quiet of Gethsemane you contemplated your agony
In the peace of death you saved the world.
In the light of dawn you rose from the dead
In the beauty of Galilee you met your disciples
Help us to appreciate the wonders of silence and to stand still in your presence to be enfolded in love.
4th June – Sunday. Theme: Thy Kingdom Come
We pray for the growth of the Church in faith, hope and love.
We pray for all the churches in Heavitree, for our schools and for our families, friends and neighbours.
We pray for the hospital and hospice.
We pray for the homeless locally, and for the Foodbank.
A Prayer for Help – Psalm 130.
130 From the depths of my despair I call to you, Lord.
2 Hear my cry, O Lord;
listen to my call for help!
3 If you kept a record of our sins,
who could escape being condemned?
4 But you forgive us,
so that we should stand in awe of you.
5 I wait eagerly for the Lord‘s help,
and in his word I trust.
6 I wait for the Lord
more eagerly than sentries wait for the dawn—
than sentries wait for the dawn.
7 Israel, trust in the Lord,
because his love is constant
and he is always willing to save.
8 He will save his people Israel
from all their sins.
who came among us in such great power,
in the heat of fire and the strength of wind,
empower us to live what we believe
and to share all we have received
so that your holy name may be glorified
and your Kingdom ever more firmly established.