Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Joui Hessel on 3 June 2004

Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Joui Hessel, Washington Hebrew Congregation, Washington, D.C.
Sponsor: Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
Date of Prayer: 2004-06-03

Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN. Mr. Speaker, it is a real pleasure to welcome a special guest to our House from Miami, Florida, who shared her message of prayer and inspiration with us today, Rabbi Joui Hessel. We are happy to have the Rabbi and her wonderful family, who reside in my congressional district in Miami, Florida, with us here today.

Rabbi Hessel was ordained from the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 2001. While in Rabbinical School in New York, she served several congregations and also served as the Education Intern at Leo Bacck Temple in Los Angeles, California.

Rabbi Hessel is currently serving at the Washington Hebrew Congregation right here in Washington, D.C., as associate Rabbi. She has been in that capacity since June of 2001 and is active in many programs, including youth activities and adult education. The Rabbi is currently working on an educational article for a book on Parenting Young Adult Children.

Thank you, Rabbi Joui Hessel, for your spiritual leadership and for your prayers and for having such wonderful parents, who are my constituents.


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Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

God of all people,
we thank You
for all that is good
in our world.
We acknowledge
Your sovereignty
and everlasting presence
in our lives.

Bless us
as we commit ourselves
to continuing Your work
of creation.
For our commitment
to social justice
and peace
is our task,
and You our guide.

Allow our Nation’s leaders and its citizens
the opportunity to work together
in an effort to create a world
filled with righteousness
and peace.
Bless our magnificent country,
that it may always be
a stronghold of peace
and its advocate among the Nations.
May satisfaction reign within its borders,
health and happiness within our homes.
Strengthen our relationships
among the inhabitants of all lands,
so that we may work together
for peace.

Blessed are You, God,
who grants us life,
sustains us
and enables us
to work for a better tomorrow.

Amen.

Source(s)

108th Congress, 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 150, No. 76 — Daily Edition (June 3, 2004)

link: https://chaplain.house.gov/archive/index.html?id=751

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