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 humans are all worthy of equal dignity and respect – our faith teaches us that we are all the children of God and so we pray for the dignity of all. We also pray today, this World Down Syndrome Day, for all walking the walk of Downs Syndrome.
Yesterday was International Francophonie Day so we include in our prayers a recognition and celebration of the gifts of the Francophone culture and people.
Paul in his letter to the Ephesians (1:5-6) says:
"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 those caring relationships.
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.
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.