Pointing to Pentecost : prayer in Norfolk
Norfolk Christians are invited to unite in Pentecost Prayer on May 31 to pray for God to move in our city, our region and our nation.
With ongoing restrictions in place, it will not be possible to gather at Norwich Cathedral for this year's united prayer service on Sunday 31st May.
At the request of the Transforming Norwich Core Team, this year's arrangements were being drawn up by Rev Nigel Fox (trustee at Call to Prayer), who writes:
"Months before the outbreak of Covid-19 we were beginning to sense that, one way or another, 2020 would be different. We believed our Pentecost Prayers should facilitate the central activity of each person praying and seeking God, rather than guiding it through stages from the front - i.e. 2020 should be a whole-body prayer-event.
"It seemed so right to include prayers for (a) those essential aspects of society that we rely upon and (b) particular people in need and for people to come to faith. But a small group of us felt the main thrust should be to call Christian people to humble themselves and plead for nothing less than a touch of Almighty God through an outpouring of Holy Spirit upon us all - the city, region and nation etc.
"While our circumstances have been reshaped by the Covid-19 response, our praying for those we've been so heavily dependent upon ("society's heroes") has already taken on fresh meaning. Many of us are also taking up the challenge of "Thy Kingdom Come" to pray for folk to find faith in Jesus during the days leading to Pentecost.
“Pentecost Prayer will happen… but in our homes among our local communities and via virtual prayer-meetings etc, and there may even be more us of involved in prayer this year than before. With so many churches locally and nationally already set up for virtual worship and prayer, it is suggested that we pray wherever we are and also make good use of our virtual meetings to cover the appointed Pentecost Prayer service time (6.00pm to 8.00pm) on Sunday 31st May.
"Let’s take up the challenge as followers of Jesus, wherever we are, to be one people in heart and mind and to pray as one people in our many places. May this be the season for Church to arise and shine - in a ministry of expectant prayer. Let's seek the Lord, trusting Him to do what only He can do, as we offer ourselves in prayer wherever we are and call upon the Lord for a fresh outpouring of Holy Spirit, in Jesus’s Name. Our God is able!"
Call to Prayer will host a zoom prayer meeting at 6pm for anyone wishing to join in. Email email@example.com for the code.
Pictured: photo from Global Day of Prayer 2017