O loving God, Lord of all creation,
you have created us in your own image.
You have called us, men, women,
young and old, people of different races and nations,
to serve in your church and to love each other.
But we have abused your creation, divided your church through prejudice,
malice and lack of love for one another.
Look in mercy on us, your children,
forgive us, forgive your church
as it struggles against injustice
and strives for honesty and integrity.
Heal our divisions,
heal us that we may serve you faithfully. Amen.
With thanks to Lesley