Thursday: MCO 3 - Diversity and Hospitality

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name — The multi-faceted complexity of human cultures is emblematic of Your amazing character, so rich and so robust. For this we honor and glorify Your name throughout all the world to all peoples.

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven — May Your kingdom value of diversity reign on the campus of LeTourneau University, and may we be agents of Your kingdom in our world. We acknowledge this can only happen at the foot of the cross, through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, who is the only One who can reconcile people to God and to each other.

Give us this day our daily bread — We need Your help to increase ethnic diversity and representation of women in our university community. We need Your guidance to pursue radical hospitality that extends beyond our comfort zones.

And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us — We have sinned because we have not loved our neighbors as we have loved ourselves. We are guilty of behavior that has built barriers preventing under-represented groups from equally sharing in the blessings You have bestowed on us. We pray that You will empower us to be extensions of Your forgiving love to all the peoples of the world, both across the street and across the ocean.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil — In the work of reconciliation and hospitality, we will encounter fear, distrust, and evil, both inside and outside our campus community. Help us to be bold when we face evil and untruth, and help us always to rely on You as our source of truth and goodness.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever — As with every person from every nation and culture, You are our Creator. In You we live, move, and have our being—for Your power and glory. With their voices, we join in their unending hymn: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”