A More Light Congregation

Bethany Presbyterian Church

Wondrous God,

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,

Amen.

Seasonal Prayer