you willed that the Jewish people be free from slavery
by their Egyptian captors.
You will that all people should be free to worship you
and to celebrate their religious beliefs freely,
even if they have not yet found you.
Grant that those of us who live in this great nation
will thank you daily for our freedom,
and work for the freedom of others around the world
that do not yet have the freedom to practice their
faith openly and proudly.
We seek your wisdom where hatred abounds,
and ask for humility to offer our good works to others
who live in fear and bondage.
We ask all this through Christ our Lord,
who frees us from sin and death through the wood of