From the Congressional Record Online through GPO
Reverend Michael Wilker, Lutheran Church of the Reformation,
Washington, D.C., offered the following prayer:
Lord God, You hear the cries of those oppressed by violence and
enslaved by sin. You bring us out of the narrow confines of ignorance,
greed, and death with a strong hand and an outstretched arm.
We pray for Jews, who celebrate Passover this week. Continue to give
them life and liberation for generations. Thank You for blessing them
to be a blessing to the nations.
We also pray for Christians, who remember when Jesus celebrated the
Passover with his friends. He was crucified by Roman imperial power. As
Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, bless them with renewed
joy, courage, and compassion.
Even as we remember Your gracious, passionate, and saving acts, we
grieve that Your children throughout the world are suffering famine,
hard labor, violent attacks, and state-sponsored executions. Embolden
us to join Your divine work to heal the world and share Your abundant
life with all creation.