The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Michael Wilker

Lutheran Church of the Reformation
Washington, DC

Date of Prayer: 12/21/2011

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Gracious God, you give us light in the darkness. We praise you for the galaxies, stars, planets and moon that shine in the night. We bless you for lamps and candles that illumine our communities. We thank you for the fires that warm our homes and energize our work.

We repent for the ways we pollute the beauty of the night, the ways we extinguish the light of companionship, the ways we fail to share your warmth.

Enlighten our darkness. Be the Dayspring for those suffering from addiction and illness. Be the Bright Morning Star for those grieving. Be the Sun of Justice for those living under oppression and in poverty. Be the Cleansing Fire for those who survive violence and warfare.

Traveling, send us with your light to share with friends and strangers. Welcoming, light our gatherings with your love. Searching for justice and peace, light our way.


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