The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Kathleene Card

Trinity United Methodist Church
McLean, VA

Sponsor: Rep. Rep. Tom Davis, (R-VA)
Date of Prayer: 10/31/2001

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. TOM DAVIS of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased today to rise and recognize today's guest chaplain, the Reverend Kathleene Card of Trinity United Methodist Church of McLean, Virginia. Kathy and her family have been longtime friends with my family, and she has distinguished herself as a true community leader with whom I am proud to serve in Northern Virginia.

Kathy and her husband, Andrew Card , the current Chief of Staff of the White House, have a common passion for public service. Kathy's career has spanned the teaching profession, senior government assignments, to now her service as a minister, all while dedicated to her three wonderful children and devoted husband of 33 years.

I have had the pleasure of working with one of Kathy's daughters, Tabatha, as she worked in my various offices as Chairman of the County Board of Supervisors in Fairfax and a Member of Congress, and her other daughter, Rachel, previously served in the Office of Chief Administrative Officer in the House of Representatives.

We are all pleased that Kathy was able to join us, and we want to express our thanks and best wishes to her and her family.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Dear God, You are the Sovereign Lord of our Nation, and we thank You for Your eternal blessings. We are confident that nothing can separate us from You. That even in the face of recent challenges, You are always with us.

So, in humble surrender to Your direction, we come to You from many faith traditions, yet we come united as one truly ecumenical body, aware that we are vulnerable alone.

We need You, God; we need each other. We seek Your direction for the Members of this House of Representatives and those who work with them as they seek to represent all the people of the United States of America. We know that You care personally for each of us.

And so we pause at the beginning of this session to ask You to open our hearts and our minds so we can discern Your will for our Nation in this time of tremendous national grief and loss. Please deepen our ability to love and understand each other. Let us see this remarkable world of Yours without fear.

We come also seeking Your sacred intercession for all the men and women who have been placed in harm's way while serving to defend and protect our Nation.

For those who serve You here in this House, let them be wise leaders, Lord. Let them be led by You.

And may all honor and glory be Yours, our God. Amen.

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