Thy Kingdom Come at St Paul’s Cathedral
St Paul’s played host to Thy Kingdom Come this weekend as thousands of Londoners descended on the cathedral to celebrate Pentecost.
Held as part of the global wave of prayer called by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to encourage Christians to spend more time dedicated in prayer, the beacon service was led by the Rt Revd Ric Thorpe, Bishop of Islington, and the Ven Liz Adekunle, Archdeacon of Hackney.
There they were joined by Matt Redman, the Grammy award winning songwriter, Tolu Agbelusi, the poet and playwright, and Guvna B, the MOBO award winning Christian rap artist, as well almost two thousand worshippers drawn from across London.
During the service Tolu read a poem written for the occasion and which you can watch here, while red petals fluttered down from the Whispering Gallery as the choir sang the hymn ‘Spirit of the Living God.”
Liz Adekunle, Archdeacon of Hackney, said:
“It was great to be with so many people worshipping together at St Paul’s for the Thy Kingdom Come beacon event on Saturday. It was a fantastic atmosphere and Thy Kingdom Come goes from strength to strength. The music was very powerful and it was so moving to see a shower of petals fall from the gallery, representing how the Holy Spirit descended on the apostles, as the gospel choir sang “Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on us.”
The Beacon service at St Paul’s was one of 29 different Beacons taking place in cathedrals across the country, with hundreds of other services and celebrations being hosted locally and also around the world.