The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Don Green

Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, PA

Sponsor: Rep. Jason Altimire, (D-PA)
Date of Prayer: 05/15/2007

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

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

Mr. ALTMIRE. Madam Speaker, it is my privilege to rise today to introduce Pastor Donald Green as today's Guest Chaplain. I have known Pastor Green for many years through our involvement in the McCandless Rotary Club, which is just one of the many service organizations to which Pastor Green lends his time in western Pennsylvania. He is truly an extraordinary man, and it is an honor to present him to you today.

Pastor Green has led a number of trips abroad to assist in various relief efforts. His travels have taken him to Kenya and Zambia to visit projects funded by the Lutheran World Relief and Lutheran World Federation. In 1997 he visited missions in India, and in 1999 he took a group of volunteers to Puerto Rico to assist in hurricane relief. He also led a group of volunteers to Madagascar to lay the foundation for a youth center, which now bears his name, the Pastor Don Green Youth Center. These are but a few examples of Pastor Green's commitment to his community and commitment to service above self.

Pastor Green now serves as the Executive Director of Christian Associates of Southwestern Pennsylvania. He and Kathy, his wife of 36 years, are the proud parents of three children and one grandson.

On behalf of my colleagues in the House, Pastor Green, welcome and thank you for your many years of service.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Sovereign of the nations, who has created the human family with rich diversity and who wills that all peoples be reconciled and live in peace and wholeness with dignity and justice, we call upon You to bestow Your wisdom and compassion upon these representatives of the American people.

Grant them humility and openness to listen to their opponents and adversaries before condemning their positions or denigrating their person. Give them courage to seek reconciliation with our enemies, encouraging negotiation and diplomacy instead of violence as the means to lasting peace in our conflicted world.

Open their eyes to a vision of a more just society where all may enjoy the benefits of wellness and health, adequate shelter, food in abundance, lifelong learning, and security in their communities.

Hear us now, O God, as we pray for the preservation of this legislative institution and the prospering of our Nation, for we trust in You and entrust our whole being to Your providential care. Amen.

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