The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Dr. Adolphus C. Lacey

Mount Olivet Baptist Church
Peekskill, NY

Sponsor: Rep. John Hall, (D-NY)
Date of Prayer: 02/26/2008

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

The SPEAKER pro tempore. Without objection, the gentleman from New York (Mr. Hall) is recognized for 1 minute.

There was no objection.

Mr. HALL of New York. Mr. Speaker, I am honored to be able to stand here today and thank the Reve rend Dr. Adolphus C. Lacey for leading the House of Representatives in prayer today. I am hopeful that his presence and prayer here today will help us in the House to display the same leadership and sense of community that he exhibits every day in the Hudson Valley.

Rev. Lacey came to Mount Olivet Baptist Church in Peekskill, New York, in 2005 to serve as its 14th pastor and has been a leader in the community ever since. He is also president of the Peekskill/Cortlandt area Pastors Association and has be en a strong voice in the public sphere for the values that are guided by his faith.

In addition to serving as a religious and community leader, Rev. Lacey is also a family man. He is the husband of Cheryl Mathews Lacey and the father of Cameryn Alexandra and Adolphus Matthew.

I have had the honor of addressing his congregation and been able to see his leadership where his counsel is often sought. I thank him again for leading us in prayer today.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Eternal and all wise God, creator of life and light, we bless you on this day that you have let life and light dwell in each of us. We thank you God for another opportunity to get it right. We pray now for discernment for these representatives as they deliberate on the course of this great nation. May their thoughts be on the common good and their actions help form a more perfect union. We pray for strength in the continued sacrifices that each son and daughter, husband and wife makes as they send a piece of themselves to serve all of us. May their sacrifices be not in vain? Grant now to each representative purpose, clarity of mind, determination and commitment, not only for this day, but also in the continuing days of this 110th Congress. Hear our prayer God and grant to each of us your peace. Amen.

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