The Archbishop and the Bishops of the Diocese of York commend 'Thy Kingdom Come' and share their thoughts about how and why we pray.


Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu invites us to join him in praying,

"Our Father in heaven, I want to be a part of what you are already doing in the Diocese of York."

"I'm doing it," he says. "Please join me!"


Bishop of Hull Alison White shares her excitement about prayer with us:

"Prayer is such a small word, but it opens a door into the widest and deepest adventure; prayer is an adventure to connect up with God. Jesus flings the door wide open and invites us to come in and pray as he does."

"He teaches us that we can ask for what we need," she adds.


Bishop of Whitby Paul Ferguson explains the place of prayer in our encounter with Jesus, and others' encounter with him through us:

"Two thousand years ago, people encountered Jesus when they met him face-to-face. Now we meet him through the words of scripture, through the life of the church and through prayer."

"We can be ambassadors for the Kingdom of God, doing Jesus' work, being his hands and his feet."


Bishop of Selby, John Thomson, speaks on 'being a blessing', and prayers in a community.

"One way of being a blessing to those we meet each day is to start by praying for 5 people we know to come to know Jesus Christ, or to know him more fully"

"So let us be thankful for the blessings we receive even when we experience the tough love of God"


Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu suggests we pray for five people throughout Thy Kingdom Come:

"So, in the eleven days of Thy Kingdom Come, will you find five people? Pray for them, maybe on the hour, every hour... you're going to be surprised how your own prayer life actually becomes a joy and a delight."

"May thy Kingdom come and bring us all such blessing, such joy, seeing people finding Jesus Christ!"


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