The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Dr. Nelson Price

Roswell St. Baptist Church
Marietta , GA

Sponsor: Rep. Bob Barr, (R-GA)
Date of Prayer: 06/21/2000

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. BARR of Georgia. Mr. Speaker, it is a wonderful pleasure and true honor along with my colleague JOHNNY ISAKSON of the Sixth District to welcome Reverend Nelson Price to this great body, the people's House, today. We also extend a welcome on behalf of the House of Representatives to his lovely wife Trudy who is with him here today.

Reverend Price has been the pastor at Roswell Street Baptist Church, as the Speaker indicated, for close to 35 years. During those 35 years, he has ministered to countless thousands of God's children, both in his parish, visitors to his parish, citizens of his community, citizens of this land and indeed citizens around the world.

His voice truly, Mr. Speaker, is one of those voices that President Reagan spoke about in his second inaugural address of 1985 when he spoke of the American sound. The American sound that in the words of President Reagan echoed out across the prairies, across the mountains as the settlers moved west, as our Nation prospered, as our Nation fought wars during the lonely hours of Presidents seeking to retain the Union and preserve the Union, that American sound, as President Reagan admonished all of us in 1985, is always waiting to be passed on as a torch to a new generation so that it continues to echo for freedom, truth, honor and dignity and the belief and a recognition that our Nation truly was founded by the hand of God and to whom we have a special responsibility.

We heard a continuation of that American sound today in the words of Reverend Nelson Price . As Nelson Price prepares to retire from the active ministry at the end of this year in November after 35 years as the pastor of Roswell Street Baptist Church and its some 9,000 members, I know that I speak for all Members of this body and for the Speaker in wishing him well and Godspeed.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

The Reverend Dr. Nelson Price, Roswell Street Baptist Church, Marietta, Georgia, offered the following prayer :

Mr. Speaker, to you and your colleagues, it is a privilege to pray in your presence as I do often in your absence.

Dear Lord, with a firm belief that our Nation was given birth because of Your concurring aid, we come again to ask Your aid.

Renew within us the fervor and faith of our founders that we might truly be ‘‘one Nation under God.''

Rekindle the ardor and the awe of our predecessors that we may avoid a state of spiritual impoverishment and shrunken moral aspiration.

We praise You for the bounty of the land and Your blessings on the people. In gratitude we bow before You imploring You to give wisdom that supersedes knowledge to those who govern here.

In Your Holy Name I ask it. Amen.

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