Kingsfold Methodist Church

Musings From The Manse
May 2019

Rev Mark Slaney

Pentecost – what went up must come down! (see last months title!)

June is the month of prayer and Pentecost.

The days from May 30th – June 9th (Ascension to Pentecost) mark a global movement of prayer called ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ (see The focus of this time of prayer is for people to come to know Jesus.

Ascension is the day when we remember Jesus’ return to heaven after his resurrection, and Pentecost is when we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Jesus’ disciples - often known as the ‘birthday of the Church’. The nine days between these two key celebrations offer us an opportunity for prayer and reflection as we long for that gift of the Holy Spirit for ourselves and our communities.

In this in-between time, we are invited to pray with many others, “Thy Kingdom Come” - that the Holy Spirit would come and bless and challenge us to witness to God’s life-changing work.

When organisers came to prepare this year’s Novena Prayer Booklet, they felt drawn to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s Gospel. As they explored deeper in and around the Sermon, many passages were found that speak of God’s love and care for even the smallest details of our lives - and of the ways in which Jesus challenges our attitudes, priorities and perceptions.

The little booklet is your invitation to explore for yourself, through art and prayer, this dual message of love and challenge. As you do so, know that you are part of the global Thy Kingdom Come family, seeking God’s transformation for yourself and those you meet. Join with us as we pray together “Come Holy Spirit: Thy Kingdom Come” - and may our waiting and praying open our hearts afresh to God’s possibilities.

Across the Methodist Churches of the Preston Ribble Circuit there are copies of the TKC prayer booklet for you to use.

We will celebrate Pentecost on the weekend of Penwortham Gala. As Christians and  Churches Together we will be in public on the park as we remember and mark the Spirit-filled moment which brought Jesus disciples out into the open where everyone heard the Good News in their own language. May our witness and worship connect with those in our community that many may hear for themselves.

Yours in Christ,

Reverend Mark Slaney

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