The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Tony Lee

Community of Hope A.M.E. Church
Hillcrest Heights, MD

Sponsor: Rep. Anthony Brown, (D-MD)
Date of Prayer: 03/26/2019

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. BROWN of Maryland. Madam Speaker, let me begin by wishing you a
very happy birthday on behalf of the 435 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Madam Speaker, it is my honor to introduce Reverend Tony Lee. He is
the founder and senior pastor of the Community of Hope AME Church.

Reverend Lee is a pillar of our community in Prince George's County
and the entire region, not just as a faith leader, but as an advocate for those in need.

I have had a longstanding relationship with him, partnering on a wide variety of issues, including domestic violence, building trust between the community and law enforcement, tackling poverty, and moving forward on social justice issues. And, during the month of January and February, we worked together during the government shutdown, serving working families who were struggling to make ends meet.

I have had the privilege of worshiping at Community of Hope many
times over the years. The name of the church reflects its character: a community where we live and raise our families, where we pray and teach hope as a critical ingredient necessary for faith and our daily lives.

He is a preacher who speaks to people in a language they understand. He draws people into church who would not otherwise do so, going into every neighborhood and going down every street.

Reverend Tony Lee is the son of proud parents, Orlando Lee and Reverend Nancy T. Lee, who are joining us in the Capitol today.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Almighty God, we come today with a spirit of humility and gratitude.

We come with the realization that this is the day that You have made, and we will rejoice and be glad in it. We thank You for the opportunity we are afforded to serve the least of these and the responsibility to remember the forgotten and lift the downtrodden. We ask this day for the courage to do the hard things and the vision to see beyond ourselves.

Empower the Members of this House to make a difference. Let their efforts be expressions of Your grace, reflections of Your justice, and manifestations of Your love.

It is our prayer, that when our time on this terrestrial sphere is over, that the works of this day will speak for us and we will hear You say, "Well done my good and faithful servants."

Lord, hear our prayer. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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