Lectionary Selection: John 17:1-11
Prayers for Hong Kong:
O God, when your Son prepared to return to you, he prayed for his disciples. He didn’t pray that we be protected from pain and suffering. He didn’t pray that we be taken out of the world. No, Jesus asked that we be protected from sin and division so that we might witness to your glory here on earth. Dear Lord, as a new government prepares to take over in Hong Kong, we commend our city and nation to your merciful care. Take away our love of sinning. Bind up the deep divisions in our society and church. May all be allowed to live securely in peace and enjoy the abundant life that you promised. Help our leaders remember that they are called to serve the people as lovers of truth and justice. Help the church to remember that we are called to serve the world as lovers of Jesus Christ. When our hour comes, protect us in your name so that we may be one, just as you and he are one for eternity. Amen.
Mission Stewardship Moment from Hong Kong:
One of the biggest problems for refugees and asylum seekers in Hong Kong is isolation and loneliness. To remedy the situation, Kowloon Union Church sponsors a program called “Refugee Kitchen.” Refugees and asylum seekers prepare the cuisine of their country for the local community. The purpose is not only to share food and fellowship but to learn about each other’s lives and how they can help one another. So far the dishes of Pakistan, Kenya, India, Egypt and east Africa have been featured. Over 250 people have attended Refugee Kitchen gatherings, bringing in donations and volunteers for the ministry. The Hong Kong Christian Council along with Kowloon Union Church are members of the Refugee Concern Network. This diverse coalition brings together those from legal, social service, human rights and church sectors. All are advocates for the welfare of vulnerable people seeking safety and protection in the city. It is our hope that the incoming government under the new Chief Executive, Mrs. Carrie Lam, will give more attention to marginalized groups in the society, including the 11,000 refugees and asylum seekers in Hong Kong.
(Prayer and Mission Moment by Judy Chan)
Mission Partners in Hong Kong:
- Asian Human Rights Commission
- Christian Study Institute in Chinese Culture and Religion
- Chung Chi College Divinity School
- Hong Kong Christian Council
- Hong Kong Christian Institute
- Hong Kong Christian Service
- Hong Kong Christian Women's Council
- Hong Kong Council of the Church of Christ in China
More information on Hong Kong: http://www.globalministries.org/hong_kong
Global Ministries Missionaries in Hong Kong:
Judy Chan serves as a missionary with the Hong Kong Christian Council. Judy’s appointment is made possible by your gifts to Disciples Mission Fund, Our Church’s Wider Mission, and your special gifts.