Last minute preparations are almost complete, bags are being packed, thoughts turn to travel and arrival in Shanghai. Members of the United Church Delegation to China are about to begin their visit with the China Christian Council.
Yesterday during the Chapel service at the General Council Office, the following blessing was offered for the China Delegation:
Let us pray as one body together for our delegates to the Protestant Church in China.
we are eternally grateful for signs of hope and healing, signs of welcome and hospitality, and signs of unity and fellowship. We are grateful for the opportunity to accept the invitation of the China Christian Council and the National Committee of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement of the Protestant Churches in China and ask your blessings on the 22 delegates that will travel on our behalf. May this ten day pilgrimage deepen the relationship between our churches and enable us to better understand each other so that we can work together effectively for the mending of the world. Amen.
And so let us offer a blessing to all of the delegates remembering especially those who are not with us in person:
The Maker’s blessing be yours
on your road; on your journey
guiding you, cherishing you.
The Son’s blessing be yours
wine and water; bread and stories,
feeding you, challenging you.
The Spirit’s blessing be yours
wind and fire, joy and wisdom,
comforting you, disturbing you.
(Iona Abbey Worship Book)