The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Chaplain Steven Colwell

Army Reserve Readiness Training Center
Fort McCoy, WI

Sponsor: Rep. Rep. Ron Kind, (D-WI)
Date of Prayer: 01/31/2001

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. KIND. Mr. Speaker, I thank the Speaker for the opportunity to say a few words about our guest chaplain today. I am proud that the inspiring words heard this morning came from one of my constituents, Chaplain Steven Colwell . He serves as staff minister at the Army Reserve Readiness Training Center at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin.

At Fort McCoy, Chaplain Colwell is the primary instructor on ethics and Army values training. In addition, he provides spiritual guidance and counseling to the more than 100,000 soldiers who come to Fort McCoy to train every year. The support that Chaplain Colwell provides to the military personnel and their families is invaluable. Chaplain Colwell has received numerous military honors, including the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Kuwait Liberation Medal, and the South West Asia Service Medal with three Bronze Stars.

Chaplain Colwell has provided tremendous service to his community as well as our country. I am fortunate to have him as a constituent and pleased that he could share his inspiring words with us today. I thank Chaplain Colwell for being here today and for his service and dedication to our country.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Our most gracious Heavenly Father, we thank You for giving us this day, another day of life for us to cherish Your goodness and Your majesty. May we use this day seeking Truth and in so doing return it as our gift to You.

O Lord, bless these gathered here with Your wisdom. Guard them and guide them, O Father, and fill them with Your Presence. Bless their families and the staffs that labor by their side in government. May the laws enacted here conform to the Great Law that emanates from Your righteousness. I beseech You, Lord, to hear this prayer , prayed by a simple soldier, offered to You in the Name of the Prince of Peace. Amen.

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