Gracious God, holy one-in-three, source of our joy, we ask your blessing and guidance for those who gather in our General Council assembly later this month. Fill, sustain, challenge, and encourage them. Remind them of your presence, and deepen their reliance upon you. In every way, mighty God, our church is in your hands – yes, your church is in your hands. By your gifts and graces, make us to be the people you would have us be, ever more committed to your mission in the world you love. We ask all this in Jesus’ name. Amen.