God of all life,
May peace and justice fill our land and,
indeed, the whole world.
We pray for the escalating tension and violence
within our nation and for all places around the globe
where people are victimized,
where safety is threatened,
where freedoms are denied,
where life is treated as anything less than sacred.
Forgive us, O God, in all the ways great and small,
where we have been complicit and complacent
about the sins committed in our name.
Empower us to be a light unto the nations.
Remind us in the coming week of our calling.
Remind us of our common creed
that all people are created equal.
Inspire us to ensure that all of your children
enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Help us to be profoundly grateful for our freedom and security,
to never take these gifts for granted,
and to use them for the betterment of all. Amen