The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Pastor Chris Bell

3 Circle Church
Fairhope, AL

Sponsor: Rep. Bradley Byrne, (R-AL)
Date of Prayer: 03/21/2017

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. BYRNE. Mr. Speaker, it is written in Philippians 4:6:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

As this body debates important issues, it is critical we begin with
prayer. I am honored my constituent Pastor Chris Bell was able to lead
today's prayer.

Mr. Speaker, Pastor Bell studied theology and communications at the
University of Mobile and Luther Rice Seminary, and he has over 20 years
of ministry experience.

Pastor Bell is currently the lead pastor at 3 Circle Church in
southwest Alabama. 3 Circle Church has five campuses, with weekly
attendance reaching over 2,000 people.

In addition to their regular services, Pastor Bell and 3 Circle
Church have a focus on mission and serving others locally, regionally,and around the world. These missions make a real difference.

So on behalf of Alabama's First Congressional District, it is an honor to welcome Chris and his wife, Nan, to the people's House.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Our Lord and Father, I come to You today in this place of government of the Nation that I love to ask for Your hand of blessing and guiding wisdom upon the leadership of these United States of America.

We know that all good gifts come from Your hand, and this beautiful and free Nation in which we live is one of those gifts.

We thank You today for the many ways that You have blessed us, from our bountiful natural resources to our freedom to work and to speak and to worship.

And it is because of these blessings that You have also given us a great responsibility to our world to live and to lead by example.

So, by Your grace today, I humbly ask that You would help these leaders of our Nation and our citizens to be a continued light in the darkness.

We confess now our need for Your help and Your guidance. Please place Your mighty hand on us today, for You have told us in Your Word to trust not in our own understanding, but to trust You and acknowledge You in all of our ways and You would make our path straight. May we do this today and in the future.

It is in the name of our Lord, Jesus, I pray. Amen.

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