Ascension Day to Pentecost

May 8, 2018 by

He said to them: “… you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives,a Sabbath day’s walk[a] from the city.  When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.  They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

Acts 1:7-14

Collect

Grant, we pray, almighty God,

that as we believe your only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ

to have ascended into the heavens,

so we in heart and mind may also ascend

and with him continually dwell;

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.

 

THY KINGDOM COME Global Prayer Initiative 10-20 May: website

Praying for people to know Jesus, from the Archbishop of Canterbury’s website

Song: Your Kingdom come

What does it mean to pray “thy Kingdom come?” by Albert Mohler. Ligonier Ministries

Why is the Ascension so important? By Jeff Robinson, The Gospel Coalition

 

Editor’s note: Anglican Mainstream has for a long time highlighted serious concerns about the general trajectory of the Church of England in terms of its spiritual leadership of the nation. However we believe that Thy Kingdom Come, an initiative of the Archbishop of Canterbury to encourage a focus on worship, prayer and evangelism during the period between Ascension Day and Pentecost, is good and worth supporting. We encourage all readers to join this ‘wave of prayer’, that there would be a turning to Jesus in repentance, faith and submission to God’s word.

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