The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Opening Prayer

Reverend David O. Jones

Lord God Almighty, we rejoice in You...that your Word is truth...that You are faithful in all Your works...that You love righteousness and justice.

By Your word the heavens and the earth were created. You formed man out of the dust and set him – both male and female – to carry Your image. You have fashioned our hearts individually. You look upon all the inhabitants of the earth and You have blessed us.

But Lord in our rebellion we insist on trusting in our own purposes and works. Father forgive us, we don't realize the gravity of our sin nor the destruction wrought by our pride.

As we are confronted with the anniversary of the horrors of September 11, 2001, give us an assurance of Your grace and mercy. Allow us the ability to know the presence of Your Holy Spirit.

For every victim of terrorism, both civilian and military, and their families, grant healing and peace. With the psalmist we pray, Lord be our strength, our defense, our refuge in the day of trouble. And in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, grant us the ability to think and act in truth with justice and mercy.