The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Roderick Lewis, Sr.

Parkwood Institutional CME Church
Charlotte, NC

Sponsor: Rep. Melvin Watt, (D-NC)
Date of Prayer: 05/20/2010

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. WATT. Madam Speaker, I am honored to welcome Reverend Dr. Roderick D. Lewis , Sr., as the guest chaplain for the United States House of Representatives for today. Since July of 2001, Reverend Dr. Lewis has served as pastor of Parkwood Institutional CME Church which is located in my congressional district in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Reverend Dr. Lewis is a native of Columbia, South Carolina. He received his bachelor of social work from Livingstone College, also in my congressional district, his master of divinity from Howard University's School of Divinity, and his doctor of ministry from Hood Theological Seminary. He is an active member of the community and has served as a clinical social worker with the W.G. Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury, North Carolina, which is also in my congressional district, and with the South Carolina Department of Mental Health.

On behalf of my constituents in the 12th Congressional District and my colleagues here in the House, I thank Reverend Dr. Lewis for his service to his community and for his prayer today.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Almighty God with Thanksgiving we pray for the sustaining of our lives. May we be thankful for the creation which you have shared with us, as you are the Sovereign, Holy and Almighty God.

Grant wisdom and knowledge for the members of this great body. May this cadre of leaders be sensitive to your voice, to the people of America and the world.

We pray for President Barack Obama, the House of Representatives, the Senate Floor, and all governmental leaders.

Lord, we pray for the men and women serving in the armed forces, for their protection and for their families as they serve on distant shores. Continue to be a guiding light to those who have lost loved ones in defense of this great nation.

May each person here find wisdom to conduct the people’s business so to be pleasing to you. In the precious name of Christ we pray, Amen.

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