Bulletin Insert – May 14, 2017

An Invitation to Thy Kingdom Come

A message from the Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury:

There’s a lot about this job that stops you from getting too self-important. I remember being at some event and one of my colleagues heard someone in the crowd whisper, “Isn’t that the Archbishop of Canterbury over there?” And the person’s friend hissed back, “Nah, too short.”

When I meet Jesus Christ at the judgment, I know one thing. He isn’t going to care what size of Archbishop I was, or, I think, whether I was an Archbishop. What matters is that I loved Him and sought to follow Him, and above all, that I trusted in Him alone for my life and my future. Because the most important thing I’ve ever done is to become a follower of Jesus.

I took my first steps with Him about 42 years ago. Over those years, He’s been a faithful friend, a Sovereign Lord, compassionate, forgiving, my ever-present Saviour, everything in my life, the heart and foundation of all I am.

Through the hardest and most painful times and in the best and most joyful times in my life, Jesus has walked alongside me. He’s never left, even when I’ve wanted Him to. When I felt ready to give up hope, He picked me up, and it’s His love that has healed me and strengthened me. Following Jesus has been the core point of my life, and that’s one reason I want everyone to hear His voice calling to them and to learn what it is to find His love, His call, His direction, His purpose.

That’s why I’m pledging to pray for more people to know the life-transforming love of Jesus Christ. And that’s why I’m asking you, along with every Christian community around the world, to join me in pledging to pray as part of Thy Kingdom Come.

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement, which invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost (May 25-June 4) for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. 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 and ecumenical call to prayer. Find out how you can #Pledge2Pray as an individual, family, or church by visiting www.thykingdomcome.global.

 

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