The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Dr. Kurt Gerhard

St. Patrick's Episcopal Church
Washington, DC

Date of Prayer: 10/16/2013

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Sovereign Lord, who binds all people of every nation together as one people, in this era of our country when we are defined by our differences and these differences cause a great chasm, filled with distrust, to exist between Members of this House and between the branches of this Republic, provide the wisdom to approach this session of the 113th United States Congress with a hermeneutic of generosity toward the motives of those with a differing philosophy of government.

Open the hearts of the men and women elected to represent the American people so that fruitful conversations and compromises will allow this august body to serve the common good.

Help us be mindful of our unity, and bless this country and all nations and people now and forever. This we ask in Your Holy Name.


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