The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Timothy Smith

Chaplain, Sun Health Hospice,
Sun City, AZ

Sponsor: Rep. Hon. Trent Franks, (R-AZ)
Date of Prayer: 06/18/2003

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. FRANKS of Arizona. Mr. Speaker, our Founding Father, John Adams, told us, ‘‘Our Constitution was made for moral and religious people and that it is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.''

Mr. Speaker, we are very privileged today to have among us a man, Reverend Timothy Smith . Reverend Smith reminds all of us of our spiritual heritage in this country, and we are greatly bettered because of his presence with us today.

This gentleman has been offering spiritual counsel and leadership to Arizona residents for more than 30 years; and from children to senior citizens, thousands of Arizonians have benefited tremendously from the selfless ministry of this man.

He has served as chaplain for the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections and has pastored congregations in Sun City and Glendale and is currently offering a very touching and much–needed type of compassion on a daily basis as chaplain of Sun Health Hospice in Sun City.

Mr. Speaker, we are indeed blessed to have this man with us because he somehow helps us know in our mortality that there is a high and lofty One that inhabits eternity that watches over all of us, and we are the better for his presence here; and I thank him for his commitment to God, his commitment to his country and his commitment to his fellow man.

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Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Our Loving Father, we pause now before taking up the duties of this day. We pause to turn our thoughts to You. We acknowledge that in our own strength and wisdom, we are not sufficient for the challenges of the hour.

We unite now to bring to You the Members of this House for Your blessing. May each one today feel the strength and power of Your grace. Amid the many voices crying out to be heard and the agonizing problems to be faced, may they listen for Your still, small voice.

Grace each Member with Your spirit, that their hope be renewed and their vision revived. And bless their families and loved ones, each one, guarding and keeping them in the safety of Your hand.

May Your will for this Nation be done through these, Your servants, placed here by the people. We need Your help today, Father, and we do humbly seek it. In Your holy name. Amen.

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