Denise McNair, 11; Carole Robertson, 14; Addie Mae Collins, 14; and Cynthia Dianne Wesley, 14, were killed 60 years ago today by racist terrorists who placed a bomb in the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. (AP photos)

God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all people may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.