We begin our prayer in the name of the father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Today is International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination - we are all humans and worthy or equal dignity and respect – our faith teaches us that we are all the children of God.
In Ephesians (1:5-6) we read:
"He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved."
Dear Father in heaven, open our hearts that we may come to you as your children. As children we need to learn about ourselves, others and you – help us to grow in that knowledge.
May we always be loyal and full of joyful hope, working and striving to live your good will here on earth as it is in heaven.
Let your new light and promise of a better life shine through us again and again in all that we say and do. Help us to be peace makers and bridge builders between peoples.
This Lent, may we come to realize we need you Lord God in our lives and we that we need your help to grow our hearts and minds in true love.
In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
We end our prayer by opening our hearts to God's love in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.