Canterbury and York, calling for all Christians and churches of all denominations to respond to the initiative entitled 'Thy kingdom come'. In 2017, between Ascension Day and Pentecost, we will be asked to share in the threefold aim which is:
To join in prayer with the whole family of God the Father;
To pray for the empowering of God the Holy Spirit;
That we may be effective witnesses to God the Son, Jesus Christ.
The Archbishops write: 'We show our faith and trust in God in prayer. It is in prayer that God takes hold of our lives and works through us in ways that we can barely imagine possible. Our praying is particularly transformative when it is done in the company of others. Jesus prayed at the Last Supper that we, those who follow him, might 'be one that the world might believe.' There is an invitation then to make a lasting difference in our nation and in our world, by responding to this call to find a deep unity of purpose in prayer'.
In praying 'Thy kingdom come', we can all commit to playing our part in the renewal of the nations and the transformation of communities. In the months ahead there will be more about this initiative but for now we can think carefully about our response and what this might mean for our future.
Enjoy the wonderful season of autumn. Every blessing,
the way ahead by Rev Dilys
Unusually, the summer heat has lingered well into the middle of September and we've enjoyed this Indian summer before the onset of autumn, which I prefer to think begins on September 21.
This season of 'mist and mellow fruitfulness' is one that includes harvest festivals, when we give thanks to God for the earth's bountiful provision that will sustain us through the winter. Today, with food being sourced world-wide we often fail to appreciate the seasonal cycle.
As we move into autumn, the routine of daily life in terms of children back to school, some for the first time; students getting ready for college and university and settling down in new and unfamiliar places, can be quite an anxious time - not least for parents! A considerable amount of thinking ahead is involved when there are changes ahead.
On a wider scale, there will be lots of change for us all as the new government beds in and begins to plan for the country's future now we are to leave the EU. Inevitably there will be uncertainty and tough decisions to be taken, but alongside this will be opportunity for new partnerships and global initiatives.
Planning for an uncertain future may seem like a leap into the dark but, as Christians, that's what we do as second nature: we walk into the future with hope and trust that 'all will be well'. The clergy have just received a letter from the Archbishops of