The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Roderick Pearson

St. Mark Remnant
Central Islip, NY

Sponsor: Rep. Rep. Steve Israel, (D-NY)
Date of Prayer: 09/15/2010

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. ISRAEL. Mr. Speaker, I rise to welcome Reverend Roderick Pearson as guest chaplain. He is the founder and organizer of the St. Mark Remnant Ministries in Central Islip, Long Island.

On September 26, Reverend Pearson will celebrate 14 years of pastoral leadership. He is the President of the Islip branch of the NAACP. He received the NAACP National Thalheimer Award.

Reverend Pearson has devoted himself to fighting bigotry, to building bridges, and to lifting up communities. His presence, I hope, will inspire all of us on both sides of the aisle to do the same. It is with great pride that I welcome Reverend Roderick Pearson to the House this morning.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Our Heavenly Father; we acknowledge you as the sovereign ruler of the universe and the divine guide for all our lives. You said ask and it shall be given; seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall be open.

To Solomon, one of the world's richest and most powerful leaders of ancient times, you offered "What shall I give to you?" We offer this prayer in the same spirit of Solomon:

O God you have shown great mercy to our nation because our forefathers walked in your truth, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with you. You continue to be kind towards us.

You have given these your servants the ability to govern and serve. Therefore now give to them an understanding heart; wisdom to judge your people that they may discern between good and evil. Let your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.

In the name of our Lord and Savior. Amen.

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