The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Byron E. Powers

The Church Love is Building, Church of God
Sheffield, OH

Sponsor: Rep. Rep. Bob Ney, (R-OH)
Date of Prayer: 06/28/2001

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. NEY. Mr. Speaker, it is my privilege to welcome the Honorable Reverend Byron E . Powers as our guest chaplain. Reverend Powers is currently the Senior Pastor of the Church Love Is Building in Sheffield, Ohio, one of the great parishes in the region.

Reverend Powers has devoted his life to helping others, and previously served as the senior pastor for churches in Illinois and Florida. He has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Lee University and a Master of Arts in Clinical Pastoral Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary. In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he currently serves as senior chaplain to the Lorain Police Department. He has been married for 19 years to his wife Frankie, and they have three wonderful children, Sarah, Rachel and Nathan.

Reverend Powers is a leader in the community. His commitment and compassion for those less fortunate has led him to assist many in the area around Sheffield while working tirelessly to serve his community and the great State of Ohio.

It is my distinct pleasure to welcome Reverend Powers to the Congress of the United States and thank him for leading the House in prayer.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

So we pray. Almighty and Gracious God, Your Word declares that "this is the day that the Lord has made." We recognize this day that You have given us, these great United States, for our heritage. Help us to treasure and guard it. Help us, this day, always to prove ourselves to be cognizant of Your favor and eager to fulfill Your awesome purpose in this world. Forgive us for our sin, the discord, confusion, pride, and arrogance, that hinders our relationship with You and one another.

In our diversity, mold us into one united people. Empower our leaders this day with the spirit of wisdom, so that righteousness, justice, and peace may prevail and that, through obedience to Your commandments, we may show forth Your praise among the nations of the Earth.

So, Heavenly Father, we ask this day that our Nation and leaders will be blessed; that our influence will be enlarged; that Your hand would be upon us, and keep us from evil that we may not cause pain. We pray this in Your Name that is above all others. Amen.

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