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St John the Baptist Parish Church

Vicar's column - May 2018

By Church Office St John the Baptist Parish Church

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

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“Receive the Holy Spirit, as the Father sent me so I send you..”

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued a global call to prayer, from Ascension Day until Pentecost (10th-20thMay), for the witness of Christians in this country: “for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit throughout the Church... so that, filled with the life-giving Spirit, we are enabled to proclaim and bear witness to the Good News of Jesus Christ.” It is a call to find deep unity of purpose in prayer, not only across the Anglican Communion but it has gathered momentum as an ecumenical event. Now in its third year, the General Synod of the Church of England has agreed that “Thy Kingdom Come” should continue to be annual event. At the heart of “Thy Kingdom Come” is the commitment to corporate and individual prayer. When we utter those words in the prayer that Jesus taught us it expresses a longing for God’s Kingdom to come on earth as in heaven. 

St John’s took part in this last year by holding a Pentecost Parish Quiet day. This year we are focusing upon the following activities to engage in prayer, praise and action: 

  • The Sung Eucharist on Ascension Day, Thursday 10th May at 8pm, kicks off these ten days of prayer. Please make a special effort to come to this service if you are able. 
  • To close the period there is a celebration concert on Pentecost Sunday (20th May) at 6pm to give thanks for the renovation of the organ. This will be Pentecost themed. It is an event to invite your friends and neighbours to. Pray that they might be touched by the Spirit of God in our midst. 
  • In the interim you are invited to pray individually on a daily basis, at a time that suits you, using the user-friendly Novena Prayer Booklet which will be provided. (Suggested £1 donation to cover costs but not mandatory.) There is an image, passage of scripture and prayer for each of nine days. Further resources are available on the website www.ThyKingdomCome.global.
  • Christian Aid Week falls within this period. On Sunday 13th May, we are holding an 8 meets 10 @ 9 fundraiser breakfast and hosting the CTC Christian Aid service @ 6pm. We are urged to join in with the house to house and street collections. In the words of the Archbishops, Christian Aid week “makes the vital connection between the coming of the Kingdom of God and the prayer ‘Come Holy Spirit’. Jesus, the Christ, anointed to bring good news to the poor, liberty to captives, recovery of sight to the blind, announces the year of God’s favour... We are sent in his name, empowered by the Holy Spirit, to proclaim the King and do the work of the Kingdom.”

We hope that you can participate in this significant period in the Church’s calendar, so that St John’s has a stake in enlarging God’s Kingdom on earth, that all may come into a relationship with the Father, through the Son, transforming communities and nations for the better.

Rev Lisa Cornwell

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Waterloo Road, Crowthorne, Berkshire, RG45 7NT

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There is ample parking along Waterloo Road, and around the back of the Church on the unmade road Church Street.