‘We want to be taken captive by the Holy Spirit’
Winchester Cathedral saw a “powerful culmination” to a nine day ‘wave of prayer’ which has swept across the UK with the Thy Kingdom Come campaign.
Hundreds flocked to the service to mark Pentecost at the beacon event, one of 37 taking place in cathedrals across the UK, bringing together thousands of Christians in prayer.
Christians of all denominations across the Diocese of Winchester took part in the celebration. The youth orientated prayer concert was led by Winchester Vineyard Band and was hosted by Churches Together in Winchester, demonstrating the commitment of all God’s people from different churches to be united in God’s mission.
At the end of the service a group of drummers led the bishop and dean and the rest of the congregation outside the cathedral to demonstrate that Christians need to take the message of the gospel outside of church buildings.
Following the event, the Right Reverend Tim Dakin, Bishop of Winchester said: “On Paul’s last great journey of witness to Rome he said ‘I was taken captive by the Holy Spirit’. Is that not what we all want? We want to be taken captive by the Holy Spirit. At Pentecost we call on God to send his Holy Spirit to help those who follow Jesus Christ speak about the powerful works of God.
“The Beacon Cathedral service was a remarkable evening. Christians gathered together at the cathedral to pray and to commit ourselves to sharing our faith with confidence. This was a powerful culmination to Thy Kingdom Come as we celebrated praying for God’s Kingdom to come in all its fullness in our lives and across the nation.”
Find out more about Thy Kingdom Come here.