A Prayer Welcoming Newcomers to Our Community

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Lord Almighty,

Our community’s diversity is a clear display of your abundant love for your children. Lord, we acknowledge that sometimes in our jaded perspectives as human beings we turn this beautiful display of love through diversity into a justification for alienation, oppression, and persecution. Lord, may you empower us instead to celebrate these differences and recognize them as the gift that you intended for our worldly existence.

Lord, fill us with understanding, with respect and with love for all of your creations, for those who look and act like us and for those who we view to be different from us in one way or another. You have created us all equally, Lord and I pray that we all feel the power of that equality and allow it to lift us up each and every day through our thoughts, our words and our actions.

Lord, I pray today that you guide the people of Whitchurch-Stouffville to create a more welcoming community for newcomers. Let us enhance our lives by opening up our homes and our hearts to our new neighbours so that they may know and feel your grace through our kindness.

I pray that we all begin to recognize the beauty in diversity and appreciate that our community is a rich cultural tapestry, one that is made up of so many diverse and incredible gifts from you, our Lord and savior. May you help us to be peacemakers and curators of goodness in this community of Whitchurch-Stouffville and beyond. I pray these words in the name of Christ Jesus, Amen.

— prayer offered by Brandi Pickering & shared online in lieu of our 2020 Breakfast.