The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Michael Wilker

Lutheran Church of the Reformation
Washington, DC

Date of Prayer: 10/16/2015

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Spirit of truth and reconciliation, You created us in Your image to care for one another and the common good. Our Nation's democracy intends to be one where we respect every resident and attend to those most vulnerable.

But too often our political discourse divides us from our best selves. Too often we use religion to divide and justify one group's triumph over another. Save us from the tyranny of hate, greed, and the fear of our enemies.

Renew our political engagement and cultivate generosity, patience, civility, and collegiality. Guide us to discern and honestly articulate our own deeply held values. Open our hearts to listen to and equally value our partners.

Restore our commitment to democratic values and strengthen us to practice them skillfully. Help us contend and wrestle with the issues and not each other.


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