The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Doctor Bryant R. Ali

New Psalmist Worship Center
Newark, NJ

Sponsor: Rep. Donald Payne, (D-NJ)
Date of Prayer: 09/19/2019

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. PAYNE. Mr. Speaker, I would like to introduce and praise today as guest chaplain Pastor Bryant Ali.

Pastor Ali has been my friend for almost 50 years. He has been the
"pastor in the hood," as we call him, for 26 years at the New
Psalmist Worship Center in Newark, New Jersey, a center he founded to
bring the power of the Lord to those who have lost their way.

He is a renowned author, community activist, counselor, teacher, and
preacher in my district. His story is one that should inspire us all.
Pastor Ali received his spiritual calling as a homeless man struggling
with chemical addiction. He conquered those demons through the power of the Lord. He started preaching and pursued his calling.

Today, he has a doctoral degree in holistic theology. He serves as
the president of the Baptist Ministers Conference of Newark and
Vicinity, and he is a spiritual counselor for the Newark Anti–Violence
Coalition and serves on the board of the Newark Community Health

He is an outstanding clergyman, an incredible leader in my community,
and a true inspiration. I am very proud to have him say a prayer for us

My fellow Members, I would like to present the senior pastor of New
Psalmist Worship Center, the Honorable Dr. Bryant Ali, who did an incredible job for us today.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in Earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; as we also forgive everyone that has sinned against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

Lord, as these elected officials handle the agenda before them today, may the words of their mouth and the meditation of their heart be acceptable in Your sight.

Lord, Your word declares that those who acknowledge You, paths will also be directed by You. I pray that we truly become one nation under
God, united with liberty and justice for all.

Lord, touch each Representative today. Bless their family and the community they have the privilege of serving. In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit I pray. Amen.

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