The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Ralph Hoyt Davis

Bethel United Baptist Church
Muncie, IN

Sponsor: Rep. Rep. Mike Pence, (R-IN)
Date of Prayer: 10/10/2001

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. PENCE. Mr. Speaker, I come to the well of the House to welcome Pastor Ralph Hoyt Davis of the Bethel United Baptist Church located in Muncie, Indiana.

Pastor Davis , at 73 years young, has tirelessly served his Lord since 1960. Throughout his career, the residents of Muncie and east central Indiana have come to know Pastor Davis as a man of compassion, conviction and action. In his ministry, Pastor Davis reaches out to the downtrodden with true interest and concern for their welfare. His service to the Lord is evident in the thousands of baptisms, weddings, funerals at which he has officiated, the hours of hospital visits, nursing home calls and counseling sections he has provided to his congregation.

Pastor Davis has served in churches in Indiana and Ohio, and has been involved in the South Concord Association of United Baptist Churches, acting as a moderator for 19 years.

I would also like to thank Pastor Davis' wife of 53 years, Christine, for her service alongside her husband as a worthy helpmate and companion. I am certain little of his success would have been possible without her constant support.

On behalf of my colleagues, I welcome Pastor Davis to the United States House of Representatives with great pride and great gratitude for the prayers that I am confident reached the throne of grace today.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Our Heavenly Father,

I thank You today for the great privilege You have given me in standing here today before this Congress. I thank You for Your mercy and grace, that You loved each one of us so much that You provided the plan of salvation for all who would call upon You.

Our Father, You have been so good to this great nation. You truly indeed have done for us what we cannot do for ourselves. In the mighty name of Jesus, I ask that You lead the members of this House of Representatives as they do the nation’s business.

I particularly pray for my member of this House, the Honorable Mike Pence. May he be protected by Your power. May he feel Your leadership as he makes decisions that may lead us in the paths of righteousness.

I thank You for saving my soul, that You loved me when I was unlovable. You truly indeed have been a friend that stricketh closer that a brother. In the difficult days ahead, we ask that You lead and guide us by Your precious Holy Spirit. May this great body of men and women seek Your face as they make the great decisions that fall to their lot.

In the precious name of Jesus Christ, I ask these blessings and these requests. Amen.

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