The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Opening Prayer

Reverend Michael Wilker

Let us pray, using the words of Dag Hammarskjold:

Thou who art over us, Thou who art one of us, Thou who art, also within us.

May all see Thee, in me also. May I prepare the way for Thee. May I thank Thee for all that shall fall to my lot. May I also not forget the needs of others.

Keep me in Thy love, as Thou wouldst that all should be kept in mine. May everything in this, my being, be directed to Thy glory, and may I never despair. For I am under Thy hand, and in Thee is all power and goodness.

Give me a pure heart, that I may see Thee; a humble heart, that I may hear Thee; a heart of love, that I may serve Thee; a heart of faith, that I may abide in Thee.


Thought of the Week

O Lord, when the waters rage and foam,
Still the storms and grant us your peace.
When the gift of creation becomes burden,
Still the storms and grant us your peace.
When our fears threaten to overtake us,
Still the storms and grant us your peace.
Speak your word to the wind and to the sea, Fill us with faith.
Show us your care in the service of others, Fill us with compassion.
Make the joy of your peace overflow in our lives,
Fill us with hope.

––from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Lutheran Disaster Response.

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