The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Clark Johnson

First Southern Baptist Church
Topeka, KS

Sponsor: Rep. Lynn Jenkins, (R-KS)
Date of Prayer: 09/08/2011

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

The SPEAKER. Without objection, the gentlewoman from Kansas (Ms. Jenkins) is recognized for 1 minute.

There was no objection.

(Ms. JENKINS asked and was given permission to revise and extend her remarks.)

Ms. JENKINS. Mr. Speaker, I am so pleased this morning to welcome a fellow Kansan to the halls of Congress. Pastor Clark Johnson is here today serving as Guest Chaplain to the House of Representatives, and I have to say it was a nice start to the day with a prayer infused with a little Kansas spirit.

Pastor Johnson joined the Topeka community in 1989 when he accepted the call to become senior pastor of the First Southern Baptist Church in Topeka, and over the last 20 years, Pastor Johnson has built a true family at his church with members steadfastly working together for the greater glory of Our Lord and Saviour.

Kansas and Topeka are so blessed to have Pastor Johnson in our community, and the House is especially blessed to have Pastor Johnson with us today. I want to thank him for his service, and wish him well for many years to come.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Lord God, we begin our day by humbly thanking You for Your love, from which comes the blessings of life. Among those blessings, none seems more important or more needed to this legislative body than the gift of wisdom.

We pray that each Member of this Congress will seek the wisdom that comes from You. We are thankful for the leaders who use that wisdom to discern direction and implement the right course of action to enrich the lives of the citizens they represent. And I pray for them personally, the demands made upon them, the heavy burdens and responsibility, the lifestyle interruptions, that they will physically, mentally, and emotionally remain steadfast to the task.

Lord, we collectively lift our Nation to You, that it will be a blessing to You and to those to whom we're involved with throughout the world.

It is in the name of Jesus that we pray.


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