The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Alisa Lasater Wailoo

Capitol Hill United Methodist Church
Washington, DC

Date of Prayer: 04/20/2017

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Faithful God, we bow our heads today on the heels of Passover and Easter remembering that You are the God of deliverance and new life, and we are the people of holy week.

Help us confess today when we are like Peter, who denies that he sees or knows the one in need and saves himself instead;
or, like Pilate,
who, when conflict arises, washes his hands of the responsibility given him.

Help us be, Lord, like Mother Mary, who refuses to look away from her son's pain and walks alongside those struck by violence;
and Simon of Cyrene, who drops his own load to carry the cross and burden of a stranger;
and Mary Magdalene, who faithfully tends to her task at the graveside, even though it seems pointless.

God of us all, like Mary at the graveside, surprise us as we work in this Chamber or our home districts today. Open each of us to new possibilities and Your endless love.


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