The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Glen Warner

Second Congregational United Church of Christ
Ashtabula, OH

Sponsor: Rep. Steven LaTourette, (R-OH)
Date of Prayer: 07/18/2000

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. LaTOURETTE. Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure today to welcome the Reverend Glen W. Warner as our guest chaplain today. Glen is the Pastor of the Second Congregational United Church of Christ in Ashtabula, Ohio, a post that he has held for the last 3 years.

I have had the pleasure of knowing Glen and his wife Nancy and their wonderful family for the past 6 years. Their generosity in time and spirit is well known in our community. Churches, children's services, and philanthropic causes of all stripes have benefited from Glen and Nancy's involvement. Glen was actually the Republican candidate for the seat that I have the pleasure of holding in 1982.

Glen is also blessed with an endearing sense of humor. According to a newspaper account heralding his visit here, Glen was asked what he planned to incorporate into his morning prayer with us this morning. I will quote: ‘‘Warner said he has talked to several Ashtabulans, seeking their opinion as to what he should mention in his prayer . One woman's suggestion that Warner pray for a Democratic majority obviously didn't make the cut.''

Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to welcome Glen to the House this morning and thank him for his service.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

The Reverend Glen Warner, Pastor, Second Congregational United Church of Christ, Ashtabula, Ohio, offered the following prayer :

The Lord is my light, and my salvation.

Whom then shall I fear?

The Lord is the strength of my life.

Of whom then shall I be afraid?

Faithful, Father God, Creator of all mighty galaxies and human hearts;

May our work be worship today as minds and hearts are newly formed by Your creating spirit. We do not seek to change Your mind, but to open ours.

May common sense prevail! We thank You for the brilliance and the passion of America! Forbid that we settle today for shallow sentiments of the merely secular or values faded into pale pastel shades! Forgive our diminished expectations.

Almighty God! By Your spirit save us from ourselves and the misuse of all the good and perfect gifts we have received from Your hand! And all God's people said, Amen.

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