We long for real unity in the midst of injustice.
We remember the life of Stephen Lawrence.
We commemorate the 30th anniversary of his death.
Comfort his family and all those who knew and loved him.
We thank you for those in your church who advocate for racial justice.
We pray you will strengthen their resolve.
May their work change attitudes.
Will you raise up a new generation of allies.
May institutions be completely transformed,
So the last will be the first,
The least will receive the most,
The lost may find a place to belong.
Move us from an attitude of tolerance,
To a disposition of embrace.
May we stand against racial injustice.
Stand with those who are marginalised.
Stand as one church for all you stood for.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
© Bishop Mike Royal, Churches Together in England.