Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg on 13 November 2013

Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg, Congregation Beth El, Yardley, PA
Sponsor: Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, (R-PA)
Date of Prayer: 11/13/2013

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. FITZPATRICK. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor and introduce a good friend and community leader in my home district, Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg, and to thank him for offering today’s invocation.

Rabbi Gruenberg made the trip here to the Nation’s Capital with his wife, Elissa, and his two children, Kayla and Samuel. I am proud and pleased to welcome the rabbi and his family to the House of Representatives.

Rabbi Gruenberg is the chief spiritual leader at Temple Beth El in Yardley, Pennsylvania. Since he joined the temple in 2011, I have gotten to know the rabbi quite well. He has participated in several of my local roundtable discussions on issues, including Israel and the Middle East, and has come down to Washington to visit with me and to offer counsel.

Rabbi Gruenberg is a warm and welcoming Bucks County leader. He has helped build on a strong foundation at Temple Beth El that will last for decades to come.

I am proud of the work he has done in our community and am privileged to call him my friend.


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Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Our God and God of our ancestors,
Everlasting Spirit of the Universe,
may it be Your will that the Members of this House
faithfully represent
all citizens
of this great Nation.
As they strive to govern this land,
guide them, O Lord,
with the pillars of humility
and respect.

Help them
to live up to the legacy of those who have come before
and to always honor those men and women
who have made the ultimate sacrifice
to keep this Nation strong
and free.

Remind all citizens of our great Nation
to put people over politics,
to elevate democracy over dogma,
to value discussion over discord,
and to cultivate compromise instead of conviction.

Bless the Members of this hallowed body
with the knowledge
that what binds us together
is stronger than what may pull us apart,
that serving You
is best accomplished by serving others.

Dear God,
please allow Your blessing
of health
and of peace
to envelop our great Nation.

Amen.

Source(s)

113th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 159, No. 161 — Daily Edition (November 13, 2013)

Link: https://chaplain.house.gov/chaplaincy/display_gc.html?id=2024

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