The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Chuck Coffelt

Gillett United Methodist Church
Gillett, AR

Sponsor: Rep. Marion Berry, (D-AR)
Date of Prayer: 09/18/2008

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. BERRY. Our prayer is offered this morning by Pastor Chuck Coffelt , my pastor from my home church, the United Methodist Church of Gillett, Arkansas. He pastors a community where they still know when you are born and they care when you die, where happiness and sorrow are shared by the community and where a helping hand is offered when needed. We are delighted to be joined this morning online by the Gillett School and their mascot, the Wolves, to show support for our special community.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Most Gracious God, as the members of this great chamber gather to conduct the business of our nation, we pause to remember the lives of the women and men who fought and died on the battlefields of wars at home and abroad so that we may have the privilege of open talk and debate. We honor their sacrifice by setting aside differences and working for the common good of humanity. Guide the hearts and minds of these before you now that they may govern with their hearts set on love and justice, compassion and peace. Strengthen them for the weighty decisions that they face. Empower them to serve You, by faithfully serving the people they represent, including those whose voices are rarely heard. These things we pray to you Father, through your Son Jesus, by the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen

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