The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Wade A. Hyslop, Jr.

Trinity Missionary Baptist Church
New London , CT

Sponsor: Rep. Joe Courtney, (D-CT)
Date of Prayer: 06/27/2007

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

(Mr. COURTNEY asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)

Mr. COURTNEY. Madam Speaker, it's an honor to welcome today Reverend Wade A. Hyslop, Jr., from New London, Connecticut, to lead the House in prayer this morning.

If he looked comfortable in the podium today, there is a reason for that. For 10 years he served in Connecticut as the deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, someone with whom I served as a colleague on the Human Services Committee and have seen up close the work and impact that he has had in the City of New London and across the State of Connecticut.

He is joined today by his family, who is here, his wife, Jessie; his three children; his son, Bertram, who is a sergeant major in the U.S. Army, serving today in Washington, DC, but also served our country in two deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Again, Wade leads a congregation, the Trinity Missionary Baptist Church in New London, Connecticut, which I have had the opportunity to visit a number of times. It is an energetic, warm congregation, which is clearly being led by a wonderful person whose impact has been felt, not only in that congregation, but the City of New London and the State of Connecticut.

Again, it's a pleasure to welcome him here today and get us off to a good start.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Our God, the ruler of this Nation, who has given us this good land for our heritage, we humbly beseech You that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Your favor.

We ask that You lead and guide Speaker Pelosi and send down Your spirit of wisdom and justice on these Representatives, that they may serve with a steadfast purpose and devotion to their office to promote the well–being of all people.

We ask You to bless the men and women of our Armed Forces who are defending our country at home and on foreign soil, protecting our liberties.

Unite us in these turbulent times. Give us peace, love and understanding. We place all things in Your hands. Amen.

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