The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Ken L. Day

Level Cross United Methodist Church
Randleman, NC

Sponsor: Rep. Howard Coble, (R-NC)
Date of Prayer: 06/20/2000

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

(Mr. COBLE asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)

Mr. COBLE. Mr. Speaker, I thank you for the privilege to recognize our guest pastor today who is from my district. He serves the Level Cross United Methodist Church in Level Cross, North Carolina. I said to him yesterday, ‘‘I address my minister as Preacher. Ken , are you comfortable with that endearing title?''

He said, ‘‘That is an ascribed title, not earned. I like it.''

So, Preacher, it is good to have you with us here today. Your family is in the gallery. I know your parishioners are watching today.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Most Holy Lord God, You have created and designed us for intimate fellowship with You, one another, and all Your creation. We acknowledge that You are the giver of all good and perfect gifts we are endowed with for this fellowship to be realized. We also acknowledge that You continually present us with opportunities to exercise these gifts and abilities. These representatives, staffs, and aides have assembled here this day to freely exercise these gifts and abilities in service to You and our country.

We confess that we have not always exercised these gifts and abilities faithfully. We have occasionally allowed selfish desires and personal agendas to cloud our visions and influence our actions. Forgive us, Lord, when we fail to esteem others higher than ourselves. And in forgiving us, allow us continued opportunities to serve You, one another, and our country. In Christ's holy name we pray, amen.

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