The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Shawn Black

Calvary Chapel
Costa Mesa, CA

Sponsor: Rep. Hon. John Campbell, (R-CA)
Date of Prayer: 07/28/2010

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. CAMPBELL. Madam Speaker, I rise today to recognize a constituent of mine, Pastor Shawn Black of Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, California. Pastor Black served as our guest Chaplain this morning. Eight years ago, he founded Project Prayer Flag, a non–profit organization which has supported over 700,000 American military personnel by providing care packages and support for troops' families. Pastor Black himself volunteered for military service at age 17, and in addition to his ministry, has spent over twenty years in law enforcement, including a stint as a Federal Air Marshal from 2002–2005. I would like to thank him for opening this session of Congress today in prayer, as well as for his many years of dedicated service to our country.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Dear Lord God,

We thank you for your faithfulness, your hand in creating this great Nation. We acknowledge that all guidance and governance comes from you.

Lord we acknowledge that you tear down and you alone build up. Thank you for your hand in the affairs and hearts of those who govern. For you steer the hearts of kings and of nations. For to you belong mercy and forgiveness. Help us to restore what is neglected, submitting with solitude and remaining resolute with this reflection in our lives.

May you forgive us our trespasses and renew in us a steadfast spirit, immovable, dependent upon your truth and grace.

May you today encourage, rebuild our lives, uniting one nation with the determination in accomplishing your will, devoted to none other than In God we trust.

United in will, submitted in spirit, we thank you in Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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