Dear heavenly Father, we thank you for the Windrush generation. Thank you because their presence in Britain has been a blessing, both to church and society. We appreciate their varied contributions to society through the NHS, education, culture, politics and community. We also recognise their contributions to church growth, church planting and church renewal. We acknowledge that without their presence, our churches would be impoverished and incomplete.

Forgive us, Lord, for the triple trauma that the Windrush generation and their descendants have experienced. Have mercy on us for the Windrush experience, the disappointment of the Windrush scandal and its continued aftermath. Have mercy on us when we do not recognise the humanity in others and treat people created in your image as statistics, including refugees and asylum seekers.

Lord, we long and aspire for better days. We seek and look forward to a society that is just and integrated. As we celebrate the Windrush generation, remembering the struggles, celebrating the contributions, and flourishing for the future, let hope arise and let your kingdom come!

Prayer by Rev Dr Israel Oluwole Olofinjana