The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Dr. Michael Cramer

New Life Church
Osceola, IN

Sponsor: Rep. Rudy Yakym, (R-IN)
Date of Prayer: 02/01/2024

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

The SPEAKER pro tempore. Without objection, the gentleman from
Indiana (Mr. Yakym) is recognized for 1 minute.
There was no objection.
Mr. YAKYM. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize our guest chaplain, my dear friend, Dr. Michael Cramer, who serves as lead pastor at my home church, New Life Baptist Church, in Osceola, Indiana.
Dr. Cramer earned degrees from Word of Life Bible Institute, Moody Bible Institute, Liberty Theological Seminary, and Grace Theological Seminary.
My parents began attending the church when I was just 1 year old, and my earliest childhood memories are with the Cramer family.
My wife and I were there when he married the love of his life, Jaymie, and we celebrated the arrival of their three children, Bella, Mia, and Ethan. I also stood next to him as a pallbearer at the funeral of his 28–year–old brother, Joseph.
Mr. Speaker, I and so many others in Indiana's Second District will forever be grateful for the impact that Dr. Michael Cramer has had on us as individuals, as well as the Kingdom of God.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Holy, Heavenly Father, creator and sustainer of this universe, You have given us the greatest Nation in the world to care for as stewards of Your people, Your resources, and Your land. Forgive us of our shortcomings.
You have assembled these specific Representatives here today to fulfill a precise purpose in Your sovereign, eternal plan.
You tell us that blessed is the Nation whose God is You. You tell us You give wisdom freely to all who ask.
So we call on You today for Your wisdom in the matters to be discussed and determined. We look to You today for unity. We draw on Your strength. We ask for Your grace and mercy to accomplish all things in a manner that is pleasing to You.
We yield all things to Your complete and sovereign will and pray this in the name of Your eternal Son, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

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