The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Anthony George

Aloma Baptist Church
Winter Park, FL

Sponsor: Rep. Hon. Ric Keller, (R-FL)
Date of Prayer: 09/27/2006

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

(Mr. KELLER asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)

Mr. KELLER. Mr. Speaker, I rise to welcome today's guest chaplain, Pastor Anthony George of Aloma Baptist Church in Winter Park, Florida. Thanks to Pastor George's leadership, Aloma Baptist is making a difference in central Florida and beyond. Let me give you some examples.

When Hurricane Katrina hit a little more than a year ago, Aloma Baptist Church acted, immediately dispatching teams to the gulf coast to provide humanitarian relief. Today, 1 year later, teams from Aloma Baptist have stayed the course and are still helping our gulf coast neighbors rebuild. And in central Florida, through Aloma Baptist Great Days of Service campaign, church members have gone into my community and poured countless hours into efforts like feeding the homeless, volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House, and mentoring children at summer camps.

Mr. Speaker, my community and this country are better places today because this humble country preacher from Mississippi came to central Florida to serve God and serve people. Pastors from across the country could learn a thing or two from Anthony George about how to build a difference–making church.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Our Father in heaven, we come to you this day, acknowledging Your greatness, thanking You for Your benevolent and providential guidance in the founding and sustaining of this great nation. In these times of uncertainty, as nations rage against us, we humbly ask that You protect our people by Your intervening mercy, that You grant favor to our troops in their efforts to preserve the hope of freedom, and that You bless our President and the men and women of this chamber in all their deliberations which they undertake for the safety and prosperity of our great country. Help us to eliminate poverty, oppression and wickedness, and empower us to pursue truth, justice and righteousness. Though our sins are many, we ask that You show us mercy. Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, that we fail not man nor Thee. In the name of Christ we pray, Amen.

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