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Thy Kingdom Come to focus on refreshing Christians exhausted by pandemic

Thy Kingdom Come to focus on refreshing Christians exhausted by pandemic

01 MARCH 2021

THE global prayer movement Thy Kingdom Come(TKC) is to focus this year on encouraging and refreshing Christians who are wearied by the pandemicand worshipping online.

The resources for this year’s prayer event, from 13 to 23 May, will be unveiled in a webinar on Tuesday, and will include a children’s video series, Cheeky Pandas, with Bible stories, prayers, animation, worship songs, and interviews with special guests, including the Chief Scout, Bear Grylls; the CBeebies presenter Gemma Hunt; the Vicar of Holy Trinity, Brompton, the Revd Nicky Gumbel; and Pastor Agu Irukwu and Pastor Shola Adeaga, from Jesus House, London.

The video series will be the main content in the family prayer adventure map and app, as last year.

There will also be reflections from the Bishop of Dover, the Rt Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin, and the Coptic Archbishop of London, Archbishop Angaelos, and a prayer journal written by the Archbishop of York, the Most Revd Stephen Cottrell.

The Thy Kingdom Come app, available in nine languages, will have audio content from 24-7 Prayer Lectio 365, with reflections from the founder of the 24-7 prayer movement, Pete Greig (Features, 12 April 2019); the Archbishop of Canterbury; and the 24-7 Prayer GB UK director, Carla Harding.

Resources will be available to support churches whether they are able to meet online, or face to face, the Thy Kingdom Come team has promised. Also, 100,000 copies of the prayer journal and the family prayer adventure map will be given away free to UK churches, in recognition of the financial strain placed on churches by the pandemic.

The project director, Emma Buchan, said that this year’s resources recognised that some people had struggled with “church at home” during the past year. “Where it has been such a challenging year for everyone, we really want TKC to inspire people in their relationships with Christ, to gather those who have found online Church challenging, and to resource children and young people in fun, spiritually nourishing ways.

“We hope and pray Pentecost is a time of great joy after what has been such a challenging season.”

Since its creation by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in 2016, the global call to prayer from Ascension Day to Pentecost has been defined by mass gatherings, worship, picnics, and parties, and has attracted tens of thousands of people in 90 countries around the world. It was forced to move online entirely last year (News, 22 May 2020).

— CT

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The Story Behind The Easter Egg

The egg, an ancient symbol of new life, has been associated with pagan festivals celebrating spring. From a Christian perspective, Easter eggs are said to represent Jesus’ emergence from the tomb and resurrection. … The first official White House egg roll occurred in 1878, when Rutherford B. Hayes was president.

— history.com

Why and how Christians are quick to accept and co-opt just about anything into the Christian faith and worship, never ceases to amaze me.
Whereas in some quarters, the Easter celebrations had been criticised as being of pagan origin and therefore “humanic”, others believe that Christ was raised from the dead by the Lord on this day and so “divinely”. This means that the celebrations in of itself, isn’t about  “eggs” but of a “being”, the “Son Of God”.

Whether the “egg” symbolises the emergence of Christ from the tomb and resurrection as many touted or not, truth of the matter is that, “in him do all things consist; for by him were  all things created and for him… including the egg. We are not to esteem the Easter Egg more than it’s maker.
Happy Resurrection in advance!

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VICTORY: Church Case

California ban on indoor church services

The 6-3 decision came with the court’s liberal justices in dissent

The U.S. Supreme Court handed California churches a victory Friday, granting injunctive relief to a group that had sued over coronavirus lockdown rules that banned indoor services.

The churches will be allowed to hold indoor services as they await a decision on their appeal in the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which is hearing their case but had denied a motion to suspend the ban during it.

The 6-3 decision came with the Court’s liberal justices in dissent.

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“The Ninth Circuit’s failure to grant relief was erroneous,” the Supreme Court’s order reads. “This outcome is clearly dictated by this Court’s decision in South Bay United Pentecostal Church v. Newsom.”

<img class="i-amphtml-blurry-placeholder" src="data:;base64,FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2020, file photo the Supreme Court is seen in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

FILE – In this Nov. 5, 2020, file photo the Supreme Court is seen in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

The churches sued Santa Clara County earlier this month after the county continued to ban indoor services despite an earlier Supreme Court ruling that Gov. Gavin Newsom’s complete ban violated the First Amendment, according to the Bay Area’s Mercury News.

The county argued that its ban was allowed because it did not single out religious gatherings.

But the Supreme Court’s order will prevent the county from enforcing the ban until the 9th Circuit case concludes.

The court’s brief statement said the dissenting liberal justices disagreed with the majority for the same reasons they laid out in the United Pentecostal case

— Fox News

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