The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Doctor Albert C. Lynch

St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church
Richmond, VA

Sponsor: Rep. Eric Cantor, (R-VA)
Date of Prayer: 02/12/2009

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Without objection, the gentleman from Virginia
(Mr. CANTOR) is recognized for 1 minute.
There was no objection.
Mr. CANTOR. Madam Speaker, today I have the distinct honor of inviting for the opening prayer a man for whom I have tremendous respect, Pastor Al Lynch. Pastor Lynch, who is here with
his wife Susan and his son Matthew, serves as the St. Andrew’s United
Methodist Church in Henrico County, Virginia. He has a passion for public
service, in particular in the public safety
arena, where he has been appointed chaplain of the Henrico County Sheriff’s Office. His years of contributions
to the greater Richmond region have left a profound imprint on our community, and we are all grateful for his

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Eternal God, as we gather in this hallowed place on the 200th anniversary of the birth of President Abraham Lincoln, we are reminded that in the midst of times of greatest national adversity, you have watched over this nation and have inspired leaders who zealously stood for what is just and what is right and what is honorable. This day, may we be reminded of the leadership that Lincoln gave to this country, though virtually uneducated and unqualified in every conventional way to lead, it became his duty to lead our nation through civil war and to preserve the Union. Like Lincoln, we pray that you would instill within the Members of this House of Representatives the courage to lead our people in this time of economic and international uncertainty and the resolve to carry out your will in all they undertake. In your name we pray. Amen.

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