The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Opening Prayer

Chaplain Margaret Grun Kibben

O God, our king eternal, You divide the day from the night, turn the
shadow of darkness into morning light. You separate the dry land from
the waters, the Earth from the heavens.

Remind us again that You have created all things, breathed life into
each creature that walks on the Earth, flies in the sky, or swims in
the sea. You are the source of our every blessing.

Call to our awareness that You reign over dominions and nations,
principalities and palaces. Sit upon the throne of our hearts and reign
in us.

With You as our guide, we have but to yield to Your direction.
With You as our master, we have but to serve Your will.
With You as our ruler, we have but to submit to Your design.

And so we pray that we would humble ourselves before You this day,
that You would lead us in the way we should go: in our dealings with
each other, in the decisions we face, in the debates we hold.

O Lord, You are the alpha and omega, the beginning and the ending. In
You, we live, move, and have our being.

May we serve You well and faithfully this day. In Your sovereign name we pray. Amen.

Thought of the Week

In the midst of unprecedented political troubles we have cause of great gratitude to God for unusual good health and most abundant harvests... The struggle of today is not altogether for today – it is for a vast future also.  With a reliance on Providence all the more firm and earnest, let us proceed in the great task which events have devolved upon us. 

—Abraham Lincoln
First Annual Message to Congress, December 3, 1861

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