25 May - 4 June 2017
An invitation from the Archbishop of Canterbury
In 2016 the Archbishops of Canterbury and York invited parishes across England to join a great wave of prayer between Ascension and Pentecost. The response was overwhelming. Hundreds of thousands joined the wave of prayer in churches of many traditions and denominations around England and around the world. What began as invitation in England started to look like the beginnings of a global wave of prayer for people to know Jesus Christ.
For 2017 the vision is even bigger. The Presidents of Churches Together in England are joining with the Archbishop of Canterbury and York to make the call to churches of all denominations in England, and Archbishop Justin Welby is sending out the call to every part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and the World Methodist Council to Methodist Churches worldwide.
The three aims are:
It's not complicated - the Archbishop's invitation is simply asking people to pray in whatever way they want, with whoever they want and wherever they can, that others might know Jesus Christ.
What we are doing as a Diocese
For our diocese, Bishop Mike is launching the week at the Cathedral on the day before Ascension Day:
An Evening of Prayer: Wednesday 24 May 5.30pm-8.30pm
Please bring groups from your deanery, benefice, parish or chaplaincy to some or all of the evening.
5.30pm Living Stones (Growing Younger) Choral Evensong led by the Cathedral’s junior girls’ choir
6.30pm Listening to God (Growing Deeper) Led by InHarmony musicians and Cantus Firmus Chamber Choir. To include reflective music from Taizé, Iona and other sources.
7.00pm Salt in the World (Growing in Influence) Led by InHarmony musicians and Cantus Firmus Chamber Choir. To include reflective music from Taizé, Iona and other sources.
7.30pm Tell Your Children – Joel 1 (Growing in Number) Led by InHarmony musicians and Cantus Firmus Chamber Choir. To include reflective music from Taizé, Iona and other sources.
8.00pm Sending Out
Night Prayer led by the Cathedral Lay Clerks
Followed by invitation to prayer for the week and sending out.
Locally the Churches Together in Woodbridge and Melton 24/7 Prayer Room will be launched at Melton Chapel on Thursday 25th May to coincide with the Archbishops' Call to Prayer. Please see the flyer for further details.
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