The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Dr. Richard Lee

First Redeemer Church
Cumming, GA

Sponsor: Rep. Rep. John Linder, (R-GA)
Date of Prayer: 04/24/2002

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. LINDER. Mr. Speaker, I rise to extend a warm welcome to Dr. Richard Lee . It is a privilege to have him with us this morning.

Dr. Lee is the founding pastor of First Redeemer Church located in metropolitan Atlanta's Forsyth County, which is recognized as the fastest growing county in the United States.

Dr. Lee graduated magna cum laude from Mercer University and Luther Rice Seminary, earning the Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees in theology and pastoral ministry.

Dr. Lee is a recognized spokesman for the Christian community at large. He appears as a speaker at national and international conferences and conventions, on national television programs, and has written 10 books, all of which pales compared to the fact that he was named Father of the Year by the National Father's Day Council of New York City, an achievement all of us would dream of.

Mr. Speaker, it has been said that example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing. During the past year, a year when every American has experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, Dr. Lee's exemplary leadership has not only been a tremendous service to his congregation; it has been a shining light to the surrounding community as well.

Dr. Lee , you have honored us with your presence this morning and we thank you.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Most gracious God, our heavenly Father and Creator of all, we thank You for America, our homeland, and Your bountiful blessings upon us.

Today we ask that You would grant the Members of this Congress wisdom and understanding to lead our Nation into those paths of truth and righteousness that would please You and serve for our common good.

Forgive us when in times of our blessings we forget that Thou art our source, our defender, and guide. Protect those who even now place themselves in harm's way to preserve the freedom of our land.

Keep us from pride and arrogance and give us a willing spirit to seek out Your laws and commandments and be obedient to them. And grant us Your grace that we might show forth Your power and Your glory to all nations.

These things we pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

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