The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Doctor Mark Harris

First Baptist Church
Charlotte, NC

Sponsor: Rep. Sue Wilkins Myrick, (R-NC)
Date of Prayer: 04/25/2007

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mrs. MYRICK. Madam Speaker, it's truly my honor to welcome Dr . Mark Harris of Charlotte, North Carolina, to the House of Representatives. He is a dynamic and a true leader in our city, and a graduate of Appalachian State University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently the senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Charlotte.

He is joined in his ministry by his wife, Beth, and their children, Laura, John and Matthew. Under his leadership, the church has become one of the fastest growing Baptist churches in our area.

He is very straightforward and powerful in his preaching, and he is always challenging his parishioners to rediscover the joy of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I thank him for being here today.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Heavenly Father,

We enter Your presence today on behalf of our nation, our leaders and ourselves. We come, not by our own worthiness, but by Your glorious invitation to “come unto Me all who are weary, and I will give you rest.”

Please grant us wisdom today, for we need divine wisdom to fulfill the purposes You have for us. We need Your guidance to be able to heal the brokenhearted. We need Your strength to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind. We need Your power to free the oppressed.

So, I ask, Lord, that You would speak to the nation and that indeed we would all have ears to hear, eyes to see, hearts and minds ready to receive Your Word. God bless this House of Representatives and may their minds be of Your mind. I ask this prayer in Jesus’ name,


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