The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Kenny Gooden

Union Grove Baptist Church
Yadkinville, NC

Sponsor: Rep. Virginia Foxx, (R-NC)
Date of Prayer: 04/15/2015

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Ms. FOXX. Mr. Speaker, it is an honor and a privilege to introduce our guest chaplain, Reverend Kenneth ‘‘Kenny'' Gooden, today.

Reverend Gooden is a vital part of the religious community in northwest North Carolina, and he has faithfully shepherded the flock at Union Grove Baptist Church in Yadkinville for 25 years.

He previously served the faithful of Pilot View Baptist Church in High Point and of West Yadkin Baptist Church in Hamptonville. He attended North Iredell High School, Mitchell Community College, and Fruitland Baptist Bible College.

He is accompanied today by his wife, Tina; his daughter, Hannah; and his son, Hunter.

Reverend Gooden's service to God cuts to the very heart of the gospel message of love. He has brightened and enriched the lives of many throughout the years, and we are blessed to have him in our community.

I hope that his words of prayer will remain with all of us as we do the people's work.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Reverend Kenny Gooden, Union Grove Baptist Church, Yadkinville, North Carolina, offered the following prayer :

Heavenly Father, today, we humbly come into Your presence, confessing our sins, asking You for mercy, grace, and forgiveness. We come, recognizing Your greatness and Your power, understanding today that, from Heaven, You oversee all that we do. We come, thanking You for the many blessings that You have bestowed upon this Nation in years past. For Your divine protection, provisions, and the power that You have bestowed upon us, we are grateful.

Today, we make these requests:

We pray for the Members of this great body that You grant to them safety, divine wisdom, and knowledge as they make decisions which affect both history and every American citizen.

We pray that You give to them a love for both You and this Nation that is unwavering and unsurpassed.

We also pray today for Your protection over the men and women who serve in our Nation's military all around the world.

And, above everything, we pray today for a real, true revival of righteousness in America, and we make this prayer in the name that is above every name and to which every knee shall bow and every tongue confess––the name of Jesus Christ.


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