The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend William G. Alvey

Park United Methodist Church
Madison, OH

Sponsor: Rep. Rep. Steven LaTourette, (R-OH)
Date of Prayer: 09/30/2004

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. LaTOURETTE. Mr. Speaker, the guest chaplain today is the Reverend William Alvey from the Park United Methodist Church in Madison, Ohio.

His appearance here today started out last Memorial Day. He was giving the invocation at the J. Wilson VFW Post on Memorial Day and indicated that he was thinking about retiring in the near future, and one of the things that he would like to do was give the opening prayer at the House of Representatives.

I am honored to have known Reverend Alvey for nearly a decade, I want to welcome him and 47 people who rode up on a bus from Madison, Ohio, to be with Reverend Alvey today and who have joined us this morning. Reverend Alvey is in his 41st year with the United Methodist Church, and has been at the Madison Park United Methodist Church since 1995. Reverend Alvey is a fixture in the Madison community, and I want to thank him for his distinguished service to the church and to our community, and it is my pleasure to welcome him here this morning.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Our Most Gracious Heavenly Father,

We ask Your blessings to rest upon these very special people who represent all the people of this great country. Help them not to just represent all the people, but also be responsible to the needs of all the people.

As they diligently listen to and discuss the proposals presented to them, help them to discern Your will not their will in the decisions they are called upon to make.

We are grateful for the freedoms that this country affords to us, that we may participate in the governing of ourselves and especially our future.

With this great responsibility we ask that Your Spirit might give the Members of Congress guidance and leadership in all their deliberations both today and every day.

These blessings we ask in Your name which is above every name. Amen.

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