The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Dr. David Anderson

Faith Baptist Church
Sarasota, FL

Sponsor: Rep. Vern Buchanan, (R-FL)
Date of Prayer: 02/08/2012

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. BUCHANAN. Mr. Speaker, it is my privilege this morning to welcome a very good friend to the Halls of Congress.

Pastor David Anderson, who gave the morning prayer , is a great spiritual leader in Sarasota, Florida. He has more than 35 years of pastoral experience as a Baptist minister, and for the past two decades, he has served the Faith Baptist Church of Sarasota, located in the heart of my district. That is where my wife, Sandy, and I first met the pastor 5 years ago. He is devoted to his family and to helping other people in our community. He has made himself a beloved member of our community.

I commend Pastor Anderson for his longstanding service to our community and to our Nation. It is my honor today to welcome him here to the House of Representatives. ;

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Our gracious Heavenly Father, we come before You with thanksgiving and praise for Your protection of and blessings on our Nation. We thank You for Your mercy, grace, and forgiveness of our national transgressions, and we trust You to lead us into righteousness.

We ask You to enable the men and women of the House of Representatives to faithfully carry out their duties and the purposes of Your will. Empower them with wisdom, courage, and compassion. Grant them the character to withstand the temptations of power and privilege, and bring them wise counselors and friends to help them do what is right. Give them wisdom and make them true statesmen.

We ask You to bless their families and shelter them from the political fallout of unpopular decisions. Fill their homes with love, hope, and faith.

Restore our Nation's historic faith that we might pray ‘‘God bless America'' with integrity. We ask these things in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Amen.

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