The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Dr. Cynthia L. Hale

Ray of Hope Christian Church
Decatur , GA

Sponsor: Rep. Denise Majette, (D-GA)
Date of Prayer: 05/12/2004

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

(Ms. MAJETTE asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.)

Ms. MAJETTE. Mr. Speaker, I am pleased this morning to welcome the Reverend Dr. Cynthia L. Hale, Senior Pastor of the Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Georgia. Pastor Hale is a 1979 graduate of Duke University's School of Divinity and she was ordained that same year. She has been the Pastor of the Ray of Hope Christian Church for 18 years. The church is known to all of us in my district affectionately as ‘‘The Ray.''

Pastor Hale has been a good steward of the resources that God has entrusted to her. She has helped countless people be able to continue their lives and to grow in faith and strength. She has been a mentor and a friend to me over the years.

Mr. Speaker, I am truly blessed, we are all truly blessed, to have her here with us this morning.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

The Reverend Dr. Cynthia L. Hale, Pastor, Ray of Hope Christian Church, Decatur, Georgia, offered the following prayer:

Gracious God, Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer of all life. In the words of the Psalmist, ‘‘When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your hands, the moon and the stars which You have set in place, what is man and woman that You are mindful of them? You made them a little lower than the heavenly beings. You made them ruler over the works of Your hands.''

God, You have given each of the persons assembled in this place the ability and the authority to govern this great Nation of ours. You have positioned them to set policy for the provision and protection of the people. You have designated these men and women to make decisions for the continued liberty and justice for all.

Now, God, grant them wisdom. Give them the courage this day to govern with Your grace and for Your glory. Amen.

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