God of all nations, deliver us from nationalism.
Creator of all lands, redeem us from pride.
Founder of the universe, free us from anthropocentrism.
One with many names, save us from separatism.
So that our song on this day be one of liberation for all peoples.
So that the flag we wave on this day be one of peace for all nations.
So that the noise of our works on this day resound with justice and joy for all creation.
We are nothing apart from You.
We are everything in connection to You and the world that You so love.
May Your power and love ring in our hearts and show up in our living.
Rev. Dr. Marilyn Pagán-Banks (she, her, hers, ella) is a soulful, womanist minister, teacher and learner and is committed to the liberation of oppressed peoples, building power and creating community. She lives in Chicago with her spouse, three children and eight grandchildren (!) and currently serves as executive director of A Just Harvest, pastor at San Lucas UCC and Namasté UCC, and adjunct professor at McCormick Theological Seminary.
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