Diocesan theme Thy Kingdom Come 2018

This year our theme is ‘The River of Life’ taken from the prophet Ezekiel’s vision of the outpouring of God’s Spirit for healing and renewal.

The Old Testament Prophet Ezekiel visualised a stream of water flowing from God’s temple growing from a trickle into a mighty river, with trees on the banks with fruit and leaves symbolising the healing of the nations.  The temple represented or symbolised God’s dwelling place, but this vision points to a future time when all people would be able to encounter God personally. The trees growing on the banks of the widening river, drawing water from it (with leaves and fruit in abundance) show that God’s life and love will bring healing and wholeness to a broken world, between people and nations.

As part of our River of life theme we’re encouraging the use of prayer trees as part of your event or prayer space.

The prayer leaves (template below) are for writing and inviting prayers for people and places in need of hope and a vision of a better future, as individuals, communities or countries, and for those in need of healing and wholeness.

The fruit prayers (template below) are for our ‘thank you’ prayers for where we see signs of new possibilities, healing of relationships, new ventures that enable people to grow, flourish and prosper and people starting a journey of faith.

These can be placed on the prayer trees and offered to God. Please bring them in a basket with the label ‘prayers of faith and hope’  to the Beacon event at the Cathedral.

On Pentecost Sunday (May 20 at 6.30pm), Exeter cathedral will be hosting a beacon celebration and prayer event and we’re invited to bring our leaf and fruit prayers in a basket or in something that symbolises your community and the on-going work and prayer for God’s kingdom across Devon.

A special song has also been written for the night by Rev Barry Dugmore. We’d love school choirs to learn the song and video themselves singing it, so we can sing along to them on the night!. If you’d like to do this, please download the tracks and words below, and record your group singing along to the backing track and send it in. Please email Barry about this if you’d like to find out more.


Words: River of life (Thy Kingdom Come)

River of Life – Prayers of Faith & Hope LandscapePrayers of Faith & Hope PortraitLeaf TemplateOrigami LeafFruit Templates

Please get in touch! – We’d love to hear what you are doing in your community

We’d also love to hear stories from individuals who might like to share a response to being prayed for.

Email Rebecca, Director of Communications or tel 01392 294905.

Or contact Diocesan Mission Enabler: Rev Barry Dugmore by Email or tel 01392 294920.


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