Revd Priscilla Slusar, Rural Dean and ‘Lordsbridge Support Minister’, writes:
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have designated the time between Ascension Day and Pentecost as a time for focused prayer. This programme of prayer is called Thy Kingdom Come; it starts on Thursday 13th May and finishes on Sunday 23rd May.
The Church of England has provided a variety of resources to support our prayers at this time, and we have prepared some additional ideas in the Lordsbridge Team. There will be a daily podcast on the website using the Psalms as the basis for prayer and reflection. Although the psalms are ancient Hebrew poetry, they have great resonance today. They speak out of and into genuine experience. They remind us that human concerns and emotions do not change over time. The psalmist expresses joy and wonder, but also feelings of anger and frustration. When life is difficult the psalmist may feel that God is not listening – there are times in life when we may feel the same!
As we move out of lockdown and look forward to a more hopeful future we can offer prayers of thanks and praise to God. But we are also aware that many people have faced considerable distress over the last year and in some areas of the world, like India, that suffering is continuing. Let us use this period of focused prayer to present all our concerns and emotions to God and trust in God to hear and support us. I hope that this period of prayer will enrich your life and your relationship with God.