The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend David O. Jones

Heritage Covenant Schools
Franklin, TN

Sponsor: Rep. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, (R-TN)
Date of Prayer: 09/09/2004

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Madam Speaker, today I want to thank the Reverend David O. Jones of Franklin, Tennessee, for joining us to deliver the opening prayer for this day of session in the U.S. House of Representatives.

As we near the third anniversary of the September 11 attacks on America, it is more important than ever that we continue to seek the guidance of our creator.

Reverend Jones has a long and distinguished history of dedication to his faith and to his community. He is a pioneer in the home–school movement who has made a real difference in the lives of thousands of Tennessee children and their families, and has worked to ensure that we protect the sanctity of life as an example to each and every one of us.

We begin each day of legislative session with a prayer, and I am thankful that on this day Reverend Jones could join us as we begin our work.;

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Lord God Almighty, we rejoice in You...that your Word is truth...that You are faithful in all Your works...that You love righteousness and justice.

By Your word the heavens and the earth were created. You formed man out of the dust and set him – both male and female – to carry Your image. You have fashioned our hearts individually. You look upon all the inhabitants of the earth and You have blessed us.

But Lord in our rebellion we insist on trusting in our own purposes and works. Father forgive us, we don't realize the gravity of our sin nor the destruction wrought by our pride.

As we are confronted with the anniversary of the horrors of September 11, 2001, give us an assurance of Your grace and mercy. Allow us the ability to know the presence of Your Holy Spirit.

For every victim of terrorism, both civilian and military, and their families, grant healing and peace. With the psalmist we pray, Lord be our strength, our defense, our refuge in the day of trouble. And in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, grant us the ability to think and act in truth with justice and mercy.

Amen.

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