lover of lion and lizard,
cedar and cactus,
raindrop and river,
we praise You for the splendor of the world!
We thank You, that woven throughout the tapestry of earth
are the varied threads of human diversity.
Created in Your image, we are of many colors and cultures,
ages and classes,
gender and sexual identities.
Different and alike, we are Your beloved people.
Free us, we pray, from fears of difference that divide and wound us.
Move us to dismantle our attitudes and systems of prejudice.
Renew our commitment to make this a household of faith for all people
– gay, bisexual, lesbian, transgender, and straight –
that all who worship and minister here
may know the grace and challenge of faith.
In our life together, grant us minds and hearts
eager to learn, reluctant to judge, and
responsive to the leading of Your loving Spirit.
We ask in Christ’s name,