The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Emanuel Cleaver II

St. James United Methodist Church
Kansas City, MO

Date of Prayer: 01/03/2021

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

One Minute Address

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Eternal God, noiselessly we bow before Your throne of grace as we leave behind the politically and socially clamorous year of 2020. We gather, now, in this consequential Chamber to inaugurate another chapter in our roller coaster representative government. The Members of this august body acknowledge Your sacred supremacy and, therefore, confess that without Your favor and forbearance, we enter this new year relying, dangerously, on our own fallible nature.

God, at a moment when many believe that the bright light of democracy is beginning to dim, empower us with an extra dose of commitment to its principles. May we, of the 117th Congress, refuel the lamp of liberty so brimful that generations unborn will witness its undying flame. And may we model community healing, control our tribal tendencies and quicken our spirit that we may feel Thy priestly presence even in moments of heightened disagreement. May we so feel Your presence that our service here may not be soiled by any utterances or acts unworthy of this high office. Insert in our spirit a light so bright that we can see ourselves and our politics as we really are––soiled by selfishness, perverted by prejudice and inveigled by ideology.

Now, may the God who created the world and everything in it bless us and keep us. May the Lord make His face to shine upon us and be
gracious unto us. May the Lord lift up the light of His countenance upon us and give us peace––peace in our families, peace across this land and dare I ask, O Lord, peace even in this Chamber, now and evermore. We ask it in the name of the monotheistic God and Brahma and God known by many names by many different faiths.

Amen, and a woman.

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