Category Archives: Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

Each day during Thy Kingdom Come – the period of prayer between Ascension and Pentecost (May 21-31 this year) – a different member of the parish will appear on a video saying a version of the Lord’s Prayer.

Day 11: One of the joys of the Lord’s Prayer is that it is said by millions around the world – a wonderful sharing. Here are just a few of us:

Day 10: a musical version provided by three Lesley Shatwells and two Bob Shatwells!

Day nine, and Stella Wiseman chooses a version of the Lord’s Prayer which is rooted in nature and an inclusive spirituality. It comes from The Earth Cries Glory by Steven Shakespeare (c) Steven Shakespeare 2019. Published by Canterbury Press. Used by permission.

On day eight, John Evans sings a plainsong version of the new translation which churches arrived at in the mid-20th century, and gives us the history of its development. He also explains the doxology at the end: ‘For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and forever’.

Day seven, and Alan Crawley takes us back to the 1970s with the Series Three version of the Lord’s Prayer:

Day six: John Innes explains that The Lord’s Prayer “starts with the finishing line”. It is presented in the opposite way that many people practise prayer – ie a plea for help, but John explains that “Jesus teaches the prayer as one who has arrived”. He then prays the Presbyterian version:

Day five: One of Lesley Crawley’s favourite versions is by Rev Bret Myers which she loves for its accessible language:

Day four: What if God suddenly interrupted and had a chat?

On day three, Margaret Emberson has recorded a beautiful musical Lord’s Prayer, in which she sings two parts and also plays the piano:

On the second day of Thy Kingdom Come, Wendy Edwards has recorded a version she has written herself:

Alan started the series with the version we use every Sunday in church when we could meet in the actual buildings, and still use every Sunday in our online services.

Thy Kingdom Come

Thy Kingdom Come – words so many of us know from the Lord’s Prayer, and, since 2016, the name given to the days between Ascension and Pentecost (this year May 21-31) which are set aside by many churches and individuals as a time of prayer.

We are joining in – church closures can’t get in the way of prayer! Every day we will be posting a video below, and, at midday you will find a version of the Lord’s Prayer spoken (or sung) by a member of the parish. There are also loads of wonderful resources on the Thy Kingdom Come website, including an app for Apple and Android.

Then there is a fun, interactive prayer map (the Archbishop of Canterbury is said to be a bit of a fan),  with a daily podcast , a prayer journal, a Novena (a guide for nine days of prayer), and other ideas. It will end on Pentecost Sunday when we will be having three services – 9.30am formal, 10.30am informal, and 6pm all-sung (even the sermon!).

Day 11: This Pentecost is very different from last year’s but it is the same Spirit! Here are some highlights from last year:

Day 10: Can you meet God in silence?

Day Nine:

A touching video about what adoption into God’s family means:

Day Eight:

Pope Francis prays ‘Thy Kingdom Come’:

Day Seven:

Faith on a different frontline.

Christian Armed Service workers share about the power of faith on the frontline and how it sustains them through difficult times.

Day Six: The power of prayer.

Methodist Youth president, Thelma Commey reflects on God’s love through praying and serving others.

Day Five: Watch Eye Can Talk author Jonathan Bryan reflect on what it means to offer our lives to God irrespective of our circumstances.

Day Four and a moving story about the life-giving, transforming, rescuing power of Jesus, with us in real darkness, in light and in everything:

Day Three and two videos. In the first, Bishop Michael Curry of the Episcopal Church talks about giving thanks and in the second emergency workers talk about prayer:

Day Two, focuses on praise and a new hymn for Thy Kingdom Come:

Day one of Thy Kingdom Come: