The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Louis M. Murphy, Sr.

Mount Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church
St. Petersburg, FL

Sponsor: Rep. Charlie Crist, (D-FL)
Date of Prayer: 09/07/2017

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor our guest chaplain, Reverend Louis M. Murphy, Sr., of my hometown of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Reverend Murphy truly embodies what it means to love your neighbor as
yourself. In his 18 years as senior pastor at the Mt. Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, he has been a dedicated disciple of Christ, giving his time, energy, and compassion to lifting up his congregation and the larger St. Petersburg community.

In addition to his duties as pastor of one of the largest churches in Pinellas County, Reverend Murphy has been a leader in economic
revitalization efforts in south St. Petersburg, and in supporting job
training and outreach programs for at–risk youth.

A native of Florida, truly a man of God, and a man of the people. I
personally thank Reverend Murphy for coming to the people's House and providing such a moving, thoughtful invocation. God bless you.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Heavenly Father, creator of the heavens, the Earth, and of all mankind, thank You for the privilege to come before Your glorious throne, to first give praises to Your holy and righteous name, and to offer our petitions.

We stand on the floor of the House of Representatives today asking for Your divine guidance and wisdom for the men and women who have been elected and sworn to represent the interests of the people of these United States of America.

I pray that they would serve with humility, dignity, and honor, enacting laws that would be fair, just, and equitable.

You have blessed this Nation with great wealth and great resources. Thank You.

Help us to be mindful of the disenfranchised, despondent, dejected, and especially those who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. We pray for Your protection for those in the path of Hurricane Irma.

Lord God, I humbly beseech You to hear my prayer. Enable this gathering to hear and believe in the power of prayer. In Your holy name, I pray.


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