The Journey Begins…

Vancouver Group Shot
The UCC China Delegation at Vancouver Airport, ready to depart on their journey!  (Not in picture: Ray Whitehead, David Jones, Maylanne Maybee, and Dan Hayward) 

Friday, November 27th

by Nora Sanders

I’m writing this from an airplane on Friday, November 27.  We just finished with a bit of turbulence over Sault Ste. Marie, and are settling in for the remainder of this flight to Vancouver, the first leg of our trip to China to meet with partners in the Chinese Christian Council.

Advent is upon us, and our delegation will be worshipping with congregations in Shanghai for the first Sunday in Advent. We are about to experience this holy time with brothers and sisters in Christ who may have traditions and practices very different from the ones we are accustomed to. I’m excited about that.

Although we have done some advance reading and had several briefing sessions over the past few months, I am conscious that I am entering into a part of the world, and a part of God’s church, that will be very unfamiliar. It feels appropriate to begin Advent with a journey into the unknown.

One of the things I appreciate about our Christian calendar is that each year at this time, we are called upon to prepare for a miracle that is both expected, and beyond the limits of what we can understand or even imagine.

This Sunday, as the candle of hope is lit, we lift up hopes for our own families and loved ones, and for all of humanity; for our own beloved church and for all churches and all faith traditions; for the landscapes we each treasure, and for our whole precious planet.

Peace and blessings to you through this Advent time.


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One Comment Add yours

  1. Tammy Allan says:

    Travel well. Blessings as you meet and learn and engage in community! Tammy Allan (yes, Gail and I are sisters)


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