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Mothers' Union Thy Kingdom Come Service Online
Mothers' Union bring their global service online, in response to Covid-19
15 May 2020
Our annual Thy Kingdom Come service due to take place at Coventry Cathedral this month went ahead online, and Mothers' Union welcomed around 550 members and supporters live to join in a global moment of prayer, worship and thanks. Since then around 6000 people have watched the service.
Encouraging all those who attended to pray that friends and family, colleagues and neighbours might encounter the love of God in Christ, and as a response to COVID-19, that they will experience that love in action. The moment also recognised how the faith of members from its 4million strong membership has helped them to support each other and others during the pandemic – and fell within the theme of Thy Kingdom Come 2020 ‘Prayer and Care’.
Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer moment which invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension (21 May) and Pentecost (31 May). What started out as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in 2016 to the Church of England has grown into an international call to prayer.
The short service included a sermon from the Rt Revd Dr Emma Ineson, Bishop of Penrith, Mothers’ Union Central Chaplain and a segment from the Very Reverend Bob Key, Anglican Communion Lead for Thy Kingdom Come. Mothers’ Union member Thembsie Mchunu, Mothers’ Union Worldwide Trustee for Central Africa, Nigeria, South Sudan and Southern Africa sang a message of thanks with her family. Prayers and the lighting of a candle of hope were led by Sheran Harper, Mothers’ Union Worldwide President.
Mothers’ Union Worldwide President Sheran Harper said: “Thy Kingdom Come has become a wonderful moment in the year when we can join together and rejoice in God’s love, praying that He will bring transformation and change the lives of those in our communities. This year is no different and perhaps it is a moment we need more than ever. Given all that is happening around us, it feels right at this time that we join together in prayer and give thanks not only for our frontline workers, but also for our friends and family. May our homes and places of worship, our streets and the
places that we meet be filled with our friendships and our laughter as we trust God to bring us together once again.”
The Very Reverend Bob Key, Anglican Communion Lead for Thy Kingdom Come said: “In 2019, Christians in 172 countries took part in Thy Kingdom Come. That means believers from two-thirds of the countries of the world joined in praying that their friends, families, communities and countries would come to know the saving love of God in Jesus Christ. Whilst we cannot be together in person this year, it is a gift that prayer can transcend all boundaries in this moment. Wherever we are in the world, I know we can find great comfort in that and through God’s love. The Global Moment unites us in Christ and with each other to pray and care for our world at this difficult time. No matter what life brings to us, prayer can bring us the greatest of strengths in the darkest and the lightest of moments.”
Watch the service below