Welcome to St Matthew’s Church in Morley, Derbyshire.
21st May till the 31stth of May
Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. It was started by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in 2016 and has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer. This year’s ten days of united prayer from Ascension to Pentecost starts on Thursday, 21st May.
There are many activities to help Christians to pray, including a Daily Prayer Journal which can be downloaded, opportunities to join in with 24/7 Prayer Rooms, several videos and also an All Age Family Prayer Adventure Map. Find out more at https://www.thykingdomcome.global.
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I am wondering what ‘on earth’ the future will hold. I have prayed nearly all my life that God’s will ‘will be done on earth , as it is in heaven’ and now I am completely at a loss to know what that will look like.
I want to hope that we will learn something from all this, that we will emerge changed and better people who see more clearly what they are called to be.
And yet at the same time I am also wanting to go back – to go back to exactly how things were. To know what is expected, what is required. To be able to cherish people in the way that I know. To not feel unskilled, uncertain and without a map.
We are truly in unchartered territory. Perhaps by the time we read this – there may be more clarity. But its hard now. Whether we think what is happening is God’s will, or whether we think God’s will will be done despite what is happening, or whether we are not sure at all about God in any case, whichever – Its not an easy ride.
One of the great stories in the bible is that of the exodus. I don’t mean the plagues and stubborn Pharaoh and the parting of the Red Sea, – that is great – but the next bit. Their adventures in the desert and the ups and downs of their journey. the Biblical Israelites grumble along through the desert, not at all sure where they will end up, wondering if they should ever have left Egypt. Not sure whether to trust their leaders, trying to stock pile the mana, overeating the quails, sometimes full of thanksgiving and other times building ridiculous idols that they know they don’t really think are holy but are easier to manage than trusting in a pillar of fire or an unseen God.
There’s a marvellous bit when they actually get to the promised land – and they refuse to come out of their tents -saying its all too daunting and they wont manage it – (which is exactly how I have been feeling of late) and they have to go back into the desert to learn some more trust.
What is different now, is that our ups and downs – our adventures during this time in the desert are experienced in isolation. We are not so able to grumble with one another. There is quite a pressure to be ‘fine’.
On the one hand I want to say that we are all here for one another – and that is true. There is no one I don’t want to hear from, no one I don’t mind about – and I’m sure that’s the case for all of you. But I also want to recognise the loneliness of this journey. The pain of that inner struggle, with doubts, and shames, fears and ups and downs. We are all having to dig deep into ourselves – and just as in the story of the Exodus – our selves are not always brilliant company. But – and of course there is a but,
It is in this journey, through this particular desert, that our own faith will be deepened, a deeper trust built – not in ourselves but in the God who dwells with us when no one else is to hand, or no one else who understands. Trust that we are precious to him now, whatever we may think of ourselves. Trust that he will give us strength for what lies ahead, even if its just getting through the next day or a long night. Trust that those we love are in his care. Trust that when we do see his will unfolded, it will be so wonderful that we will hallow his name. Trust that wherever he will bring us to through this, he will be there also.
For those of you who have not given much time to your relationship with God, this is a good time , I think, to start. And for those of you who have, this is a good time, deep in the desert, to go further.
I continue to pray for you all, and thank you for your prayers also.
Rev Kate Plant