Loving and Faithful God, we are grateful to you this day for the gift of life, and for your loving kindness.
We thank you for your unconditional love and your peace that surpasses all human understanding.
In your own infinite wisdom, you created us in your own image.
Yet, we have failed to see your image in one another.
Many of us have been treated cruelly and unfairly and the System has failed us.
As your people, we have failed to speak and stand up for justice.
So, we confess to you Merciful God for our complicity and participation in racism.
We have been blinded by the injustice and discrimination of our society.
We have remained silent on issues of discrimination and racism.
Forgive our shallow ways, and open our eyes and hearts to see and understand that this is not your will or vision for the world you love.
Loving God, grant us the ability to love one another as we long for right relationship.
In your love and mercy, heal and transform our ways of doing things
so that whatever we do will reflect your love for humanity.
You are the Creator of all people. Bind us together by the power of your love.
On this day, we pray that in your mercy, you will put an end to racism and let your light shine among us and your church, and throughout the world.
May the church continue to strive to make every element of human life correspond to the true dignity of the human person.
May you reign among us.
May all who seek you this day find you.
O Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer and use all of us as vessels of peace, grace, unity, and transformation.
We offer our humble prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, our Saviour and King,
Written by the Rev. Sampson Afoakwah, Montreal West Presbyterian Church, Que.