The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Opening Prayer

Reverend Daniel P. Coughlin

Out of the depths David cries to You, O Lord in Psalm 130.

Lord, on an ordinary September Monday caught up in routine it may be difficult for us to be in touch with our depths.

Yet when aware of the pain in some hearts or when we truly face the complexity of issues overshadowing our responsibilities we need Your mercy.

Help us to sense Your forgiveness behind every mistaken judgment of the past.
Guide our decisions today and throughout this week that much may be accomplished and be recognized as Your providential care behind every event.

For it is Your justice and Your peace which holds the aspirations of the American people together.

Longing for Your presence, O Lord make us watchful for Your movements in personal reflection and in honest discussion
so Your glory may be evident in our deeds.

By Your grace penetrate our souls that we may live and pray from the depths now and forever.