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Rev Adam Pawley

The Rector Writes

No Prayer Page this month! That’s because this month the Rector Writes column is an invitation to you to Pray.
‘Thy Kingdom Come…’ Familiar words from the Lord’s Prayer? They are powerful words from the Lord’s Prayer too!

This month, The Church In Wales is joining with the Church of England and Anglican Communion’s new initiative, A Global Wave of Prayer: Thy Kingdom Come. You can read and watch more online at www.thykingdomcome.global.

From Ascension to Pentecost – 25th May to 4th June – every member of the Anglican Communion is being invited to pray as an individual, as part of a family and or a church, for someone we know to discover and experience ‘the life transforming love of Jesus Christ’ for themselves. Who will you pray for?

Last month I reflected in this column on some of the ways that we can know Jesus Christ for ourselves (drawing on Alister McGrath’s book, ‘Knowing Christ’, Hodder & Stoughton, 2001). This month I invite you to join in the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ initiative and to pray for someone you know to come to know Jesus Christ. Why? Because as Christians our experience is that life is so much better when we know Jesus Christ. We want others to share with us the hope and joy that knowing Jesus Christ brings.

Of those of us who already have a faith and hope in Jesus Christ, our faith is ultimately the result of God’s favour and kindness to us – but in one sense too it is also an answer to the prayers of others.

This has certainly been my experience. When I trace back and think through how I reached my own faith in Jesus Christ, all the way I can think of people I have known and still know who have regularly prayed for me. When I think of those in my family or amongst my friends who are today committed Christians too – every time I ask of them – I learn that someone has been praying for them before (and since) they became a committed Christian too.

This month, from Ascension to Pentecost, who will you pray for God to pour out his blessing upon?
Perhaps too, it might even be a prayer for yourself? (That’s allowed you know!)

Keep an eye on the parish website and listen on a Sunday to find out what we will be doing in Hope, Penyffordd and the Borderlands Mission Area.

This year, this 10 day period begins too with a Mission Area Ascension Day Service at 7pm in St Francis Church, Sandycroft. Do come along and support this.

One final note. Alpha last term again went very well. I am considering hosting another course soon. If you’d like to sign up to explore the big questions of life in relation to the Christian faith please do tell me. More information on Alpha is available at www.alpha.org (or read the September 2016 Rector Writes).

In Christ, Adam.

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promises, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish [not have faith in Him], but everyone to come to repentance [turn to follow Him]

2 Peter 3:9

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

Jesus in John 15:7

I cannot remember in my life anything that I’ve been involved in
where I have sensed so clearly the work of the Spirit

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby on Thy Kingdom Come

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