The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Michael Wilker

Lutheran Church of the Reformation
Washington, DC

Date of Prayer: 04/18/2019

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

O God, with a mighty hand, You bring people out of slavery and death and into freedom and new life. While Congress is in recess, as Jews celebrate Passover, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, and others gather for spring ceremonies.

Be with those whose sacred places have been destroyed and desecrated. We lament that the freedom to worship in this land is constrained by
racism and xenophobia, and we are sorry when our disrespect for people of other religions has harmed them and made us slow to come to their

We pray for our civic leaders and servants who are called to defend the freedom to worship.

Out of the ashes of despair, kindle hope. Counter the winds of hate with the breath of peace. From wintry soil cause new seeds to spring forth. Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever–flowing stream.


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