Nine Days of Prayer (Novena) 2017
“I cannot remember in my life anything that I’ve been involved in where I have sensed so clearly the work of the Spirit”. (Archbishop Justin Welby)
The Archbishop of Canterbury, speaking at the 2017 launch of a global prayer movement named ‘Thy Kingdom Come’, encouraged Christians to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for the Holy Spirit to aid Christian evangelism. He said the project was “not an Anglican thing, it’s not a Church of England thing, it’s certainly not an Archbishop thing. It’s a God thing”. Reflecting on the global wave of prayer in 2016, Archbishop Justin said that he had estimated 5,000 people might engage with Thy Kingdom Come when it first launched last year but was shocked when 100,000 people got involved. “It’s nothing to do with the denomination or me, or geography, skill, intellect. It’s everything to do with Jesus and that’s why I’m so excited about it.”
For the second year, the Pocket Prayer booklet, complete with attractive artwork, daily readings, prayers and reflections will be available to people not just in the Canterbury Diocese but also across the whole of the UK and the world. Like last year, the week of prayer will culminate in ‘Beacon Events’ around the country over Pentecost weekend, where people will pray for the renewal of the Holy Spirit and the confidence to share their faith.
As we have done in previous years, using images, prayers and Bible references from the Novena booklets (available in all of the churches and online, we will meet together for prayer around the benefice during the period between Ascension Day and Pentecost. Sometimes when we meet we will share Communion, or perhaps say Morning Prayer, Midday Prayer or Compline together or spend time in open prayer. Throughout the nine days of prayer, the overarching theme is ‘Conversations in the In-Between’. You will find many more details on https://www.canterburydiocese.org/novena/
Come and find God in the ‘in between’ as we pray together in the Benefice.
Date Theme Church Time
Friday 26th Luke 2:33-35,39-40,51-52 Hothfield 18.30 (Compline)
Saturday 27th John 1: 38 – 46 Egerton 09.30 (Morning Prayer)
Sunday 28th Esther 4: 13 – 16 Church services Various
Monday 29th Exodus 14: 10 – 14 ‘At home’ —
Tuesday 30th Luke 1: 39 – 45 Charing 09.00 (Communion)
Wednesday 31st Genesis 1: 30b – 2: 3 Pluckley 20.00 (Compline)
Thursday 1st John 19: 38 – 42 Charing Heath 12.00 (Midday Prayer)
Friday 2nd Jonah 2: 1 – 7 Westwell 10.00 (Iona Eucharist)
Saturday 3rd 2 Kings 2: 9 – 15 Little Chart 17.00 (Open Prayer)