Opening Prayer - July 1, 2021
Chaplain Margaret Grun Kibben
Chaplain, U.S. House of Representatives
Gracious God, such privilege You have shown us, what favor You have bestowed on this Nation from its inception 245 years ago. This Republic is nothing short of Your gracious gift.
In Your mercy, You have called us into liberty. On this Independence
Day, we acknowledge the sacrifice of our country's ancestors and the toil of our Founders. Much blood has been spilled and tears shed to ensure the success of the experiment of American democracy.
Remind us again, even as we celebrate this weekend, that noble ideals served to build the strong foundation of these United States; our freedoms are not occasion for us to promote selfish interests or
exercise our privilege over another.
Rather, in light of the independence we enjoy, we are called to
recommit ourselves to what binds us together. May we once again seek cooperatively to love and serve You, as we devote ourselves to love and serve this country and all who have pledged themselves to its principles.
May we, without fault, in response to Your undeserved favor on our
country, proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.
God bless America.
In Your saving name we pray. Amen.