The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Nelson Quinones

St. John's Lutheran Church
Allentown, PA

Sponsor: Rep. Rep. Charles Dent, (R-PA)
Date of Prayer: 06/08/2005

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. DENT. Madam Speaker, I want to thank our guest, the Reverend Nelson Quinones , who is visiting from my home district in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley. The Reverend is the assistant pastor at St. John's Lutheran Church in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Like many members of the clergy, Reverend Quinones is an important voice in the overall community. Reverend Quinones' byline regularly appears in columns and letters in our local and regional newspapers, addressing a variety of important topics that concern the community.

Just as he serves his congregation and community, the Reverend has also served his country. For 6 years, Reverend Quinones was an electronics technician with the United States Naval Reserve.

Also in attendance today is the Reverend's wife, Jessica, who is a kindergarten teacher in the Northampton area school district and their 2–year–old son, Nicholas. They join us today in the gallery. ;

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Holy and Eternal God, we come before you with hearts of service. Send your Spirit to stir up our minds and enlighten us in the decisions we make today.

Enable us to remove obstacles; empower us to build bridges; help us to enhance the lives of the people we serve in our nation and abroad.

Be ever present in the lives of our military people; protect them from the violence and danger found in the service they provide. Comfort grieving families and those who await their loved ones' safe return.

Sustain those who may be sick and low in Spirit. In the mist of pain grant them peace, good medicine, and compassionate care givers.

Refresh us Spirit of God, keep us faithful to the trust that people have bestowed on us to serve this nation. As we begin another day of service for your people. In the name of the one who came to serve, Amen.

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