The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Ky Weekley

Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church
Overland Park, KS

Sponsor: Rep. Hon. Dennis Moore, (D-KS)
Date of Prayer: 10/08/2003

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. MOORE. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to introduce the Reverend Ky Weekley , the associate pastor for Operational Ministries at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Overland Park, Kansas, which is located in the Third Congressional District. Reverend Weekley , serving as today's guest chaplain, offered today's invocation.

Reverend Weekley has served as a Presbyterian pastor for 31 years, with the last 24 years spent in the Kansas City area. For the last 3 years he has pastored the Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Overland Park. His service also extends beyond the spiritual world to the temporal one: Reverend Weekley has served for the past 7 years on the city council of Fairway, Kansas, where he currently is council president.

Reverend Weekley is married to Dr. Tracy Cowles, and they have two daughters, Erin, who is a sophomore at Williams College, and Cristin, a junior at Shawnee Mission East High School in Johnson County, Kansas.

Mr. Speaker, Ky and Tracy have been long–time friends of my wife, Stephanie, and myself; and we are very happy to welcome them to Washington, D.C.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Holy One of all creation, once again we come into Your presence, seeking Your blessing, as we gather in these hallowed walls of democracy.

I give You thanks, O God most holy, for each of those gathered this morning. Many skills and gifts and talents, commitments and passions are represented in this Chamber. May the tapestry they weave be one that builds up the Nation, strengthens our common good, and encourages us to be and act as brothers and sisters to one another.

God of all nations and every people, we thank You for the life and history that is ours, for the wealth of resources, both natural and human. May we be good stewards of our blessing. We are grateful for our people, those whose ancestors have been here for a thousand years and those who have just arrived. We thank You for the variety of our traditions and cultures and richness and diversity of our beliefs.

As we seek to honor You, I pray for each of these honorable Representatives, praying that working together, they may face You and the future together in confidence and hope.

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