O God, Creator and Redeemer of every race and nation: We praise and thank you for the wonderful diversity of cultures and peoples among us. By the grace of the Holy Spirit, give us readiness to welcome those who differ from us. Open our hearts and minds to repent from anxiety and fear which cause us to judge others who are unlike us. Let us see the living Christ in them as they see Christ alive in us. Help us to be bold and courageous to confront hatred, injustice and misunderstanding in our families, communities and nation, through the love and mercy of Jesus Christ. Amen.