The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Dr. Andrew Chaney

First & Calvary Presbyterian Church
Springfield, MO

Sponsor: Rep. Billy Long, (R-MO)
Date of Prayer: 03/16/2017

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. LONG. Mr. Speaker, today I have the honor of introducing my friend Reverend Dr. Andrew Chaney.

Reverend Chaney is a third–generation minister. He serves as the senior minister at the historic First and Calvary Presbyterian Church in Springfield, Missouri, a church that is a special place to my family. Reverend Chaney serves as an important spiritual voice for me and the Springfield community.

Congress has a longstanding tradition of beginning each session with a prayer. I am privileged and honored to have the opportunity today to welcome Reverend Dr. Andrew Chaney to the people's House as he opened today's session with a prayer.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

God, You are never far, but the busyness of each day makes You feel distant. Inner barricades block Your guidance––fears haunt us, worries entangle our minds, and pressures cast shadows upon our hearts. Keep these anxieties of life from overwhelming us.

Give us victory over pride so that our common humanity may provoke new inroads of compassion to sympathize more deeply with those in need.

Give us victory over stubbornness. Replace the grudges that hinder our collaboration with forgiveness that opens minds to new possibilities.

Give us victory from the stain of lustful sins. Keep us on the straight and narrow path. Cleanse and purify our hearts by the inspiration of Your holy spirit.

O God, give these Members of Congress a courageous perseverance, an unshakeable integrity, a spirit that cannot be broken. Secure the faith of this House, thereby securing the heritage and the future of America. Amen.

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