Rev. Dave Kirkland of Dulin UMC was invited to give the opening prayer for Congress on June 13, 2017.

To see Dave serve as guest chaplain, you may visit


Dave shared his prayer with the Bi-District and we’ve provided it below:

Gracious and loving God,

We offer thanks for this day that you have given us: a day full of new beginnings, opportunities, and potential for our country.

We ask your blessings upon these representatives, their staffs, and all here who work through government to serve people of varied traditions, faiths, and races.

Give them guidance and strength as they debate, deliberate, and make difficult decisions on laws which will govern our country.

Give them patience and civility to listen compassionately; to show respect for each other, and to work together for the common good.

And oh God, give them hope. For though the path may seem perilous and the hurdles high, may hope sustain these public servants that they might accomplish the more perfect union that our forebears dreamed of: a more perfect union of justice, freedom, and liberty for all.

I pray this in your Almighty name.