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A festival of prayer and worship for 2020

Because of the current restrictions that are in place we are celebrating #ThyKingdomCome online and not in our churches this year, but we are really excited to bring you prayer and worship from across the Diocese that covers all worshipping styles.

You can watch the launch service featuring our bishops and Carolyn Barton, Vision 2026 co-ordinator, from 4pm today here

We are using this period to pray for people (perhaps five people, perhaps fewer) that they might come to know the love of the Lord Jesus. We have been so encouraged to see the large numbers of people sharing in online services and we pray that they may come to know the love of Jesus their Saviour and that their lives may be given to Him.

The Rt Rev Dr Jill Duff, Bishop of Lancaster, writes:

“For the last five years, I have loved #ThyKingdomCome as an opportunity to recover an ancient practice of waiting on God in prayer from Ascension Day to Pentecost.

We underestimate how the secret of the Christian life is what happens in secret. In our time of lockdown, it’s been heartening to hear how people across Lancashire are praying more than ever. In #ThyKingdomCome we are praying that people will “come home” to God especially those on the margins, those new relationships built on the streets over the last weeks, and those who have dipped their toes into church virtually.

The lockdown has spawned immense creativity amongst our churches, so as Bishops we have invited ten churches from a range of backgrounds to share their #ThyKingdomCome service in Festival of Prayer and Worship, one each night.”

You can find out more about the daily service recorded in parishes around the diocese and #ThyKingdomCome resources here.