The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Dr. Shane Alexander

Northcrest Church of Christ
Mexia, TX

Sponsor: Rep. Ted Poe, (R-TX)
Date of Prayer: 07/23/2013

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. POE of Texas. Mr. Speaker, the United States House of Representatives
is honored today to have Dr. Shane Alexander of Mexia, Texas, as the Guest Chaplain. Dr. Alexander is the minister of the North Crest Church of Christ in Mexia, Texas, and has previously preached in other Texas cities. He has been a resident chaplain in Louisville, Kentucky, as well.

He and his wife, Kara, met at Abilene Christian University where both received numerous degrees. Shane has a B.A., a master's, and a Doctor of Ministry from Abilene Christian University.

They have three children: Elizabeth, Peyton, and Levi. They're all here today, along with Shane's parents, Karen and Barry, and my wife, Carol.

Dr. Alexander is active in Mexia and its community, from coaching the girls softball team and boys T–ball, to furthering the spiritual growth of central Texas.

Dr. Alexander enhanced his life by marrying Kara, also Dr. Alexander , who is a professor at Baylor University. I say ‘‘enhanced his life'' because his wife, Kara, is one of my four children, and Shane is my son–in–law.

We welcome them all to the United States House of Representatives today.

And that's just the way it is. ;

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the Earth. When we consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, who are we that You are mindful of us? What is this country that it might know Your blessings?

Yet You have blessed this land and this government for the people and by the people.

For these Representatives who exercise the people's will, may they be also representatives of Your will. May they speak their consciences and convictions and stand up for what they and their constituents believe.

But give them courage also to speak truth to power and to seek justice for the victims of violence, oppression, and poverty.

Please bless the proceedings of this legislative body today, that through them Your will might be exercised here on Earth as it is in Heaven.

May Your unfailing love be with us, Lord, now and forevermore.

Amen.

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