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2 Corinthians 3:17
‘Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom’.

Gracious God, as ‘Freedom Day’ is marked for residents of England, we come to You and reflect upon what it is to be free. Lord God, You sent Your Son Jesus Christ, to show us how to create communities where people can live in freedom; communities where people do not need to be afraid, where folks look after one another to provide mutual support and security, communities where difference and diversity are celebrated and where all people are treated equally regardless of their race, culture or social status, communities where the voices of the vulnerable are heard and all people are valued, communities where all people have the entitlement of a safe home and a meal on the table. But so too, You sent Your Son to free us from the things that burden us and weigh us down, who said  ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest’.  And so, however we feel about today, whether we are excited by it, or feel anxious by it, help us to remember loving God, that true freedom, peace, hope and joy is to be found in a relationship with You, through Your Son Jesus, in the power of Your Holy Spirit, Amen.