Almighty father, Help, lead, and encourage the underprivileged, the oppressed, and those who are victims of injustice and inequality.
May all of our behaviours and policies towards one another be based on the teachings and values of your word, make Your Church a haven of hope, peace, and calm. May your peace rule in our world through our demonstration of love for one another and by acknowledging that we are all descended from the same source, the Almighty Father, through Jesus Christ.
We remember Steven Lawrence, who was a victim of injustice and discrimination, as well as others who suffer in the same manner around the world. May his family and others receive your unending comfort, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Gracious Lord, We pray for those who regularly gather to support and intercede for the marginalised in our society. Please give them the discernment, wisdom, and knowledge they need to know the truth and to put effective strategies in place to support those who suffer physically and mentally from injustice in our Church and society. Provide our leaders receptive ears so they might find enduring answers to the issues encountered by people of colour and others who suffer from discrimination. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, Amen.
Lord, help us see the difficulties that the people we regularly interact with. Please make it possible for us to see one another as You do, so that we can value every human life as a priceless gift from You. Help us remember those marginalised in our world—those affected by health, financial, physical, or mental issues, those who have experienced violence and addiction, and those who are rejected. May we daily demonstrate the love of God to those neglected and downtrodden.
Through the love of Christ, our Saviour.
Eternal king, we ask for your pardon for the sin of racism and for failing to live up to the reality that all are one in Christ. Our Lord Jesus Christ, took human form and tore down the barriers that divide. We offer prayers for everyone who have been harmed through the brutality and marginalisation of racism. We pray that you help remove this systemic, malignant grip from our institutions. We ask that we see in our neighbour a reflection of your divine image and likeness, and may we rejoice in this similarity. Through Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. Amen.
Heavenly father, help us to remove the barrier of racism and bigotry in our country and set us free to challenge and uproot it from ourselves, our society, and our world. Your son reached across ethnic boundaries between Samaritans, Romans, and Jews and offered new sight to blind people and freedom to captives. May we follow his example in our interaction with our neighbours, through the merits of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Our most gracious Lord, create in us a new mind and heart that will enable us to recognise that many people suffer from racial discrimination. Please give us the humility and fortitude to overcome the racial stereotypes leading to oppression. Help us build a church and a country that accepts the aspirations and concerns of oppressed people of colour, heal your family and unite us with yourself by the power of your Holy Spirit, and through the unity of your son Jesus Christ Amen.
Almighty God, the source of all hope and justice,
Your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ brought us good news of love offering equality and inclusion of all,
You call us to radical action and not just empty words,
To stand-up against racism and all forms of discrimination against all our brothers and sisters.
On this the 30th Anniversary of the murder of Stephen Lawrence,
We pray for the family and friends of Stephen who still experience his loss,
We ask for forgiveness when we close our eyes, ears, and hearts to the injustices of those around us,
We call on those in authority to act against institutional racism that is part of everyday life and afflicts too many people of Global Majority Heritage,
We ask you to continue to bless the work of the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation that keeps his memory and legacy alive.
God of grace, mercy, and love,
Move us to neighbourly love to all those who are hurt, angry and feel abandoned,
Release us from our self-centredness so we can help heal a world in pain,
Let us, your Church, speak out against discrimination against all those you created and love,
May our voices amplify the shouts for justice and equality for all.
We ask this in the name of the God of love, justice, and mercy who calls us to share peace, freedom, and liberty with all.