The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Chaplain Cherita Potter

National Chaplain, American Legion Auxiliary
Seaside, OR

Sponsor: Rep. David Wu, (D-OR)
Date of Prayer: 03/04/2009

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. WU. Madam Speaker, I'd like to first welcome my father, K.C. Wu, to the House gallery.

It is also my distinct pleasure and honor to welcome our guest chaplain for today, Ms. Cherita Potter .

Ms. Potter is the national chaplain for the American Legion Auxiliary and one of my constituents in Oregon. She is also an active member of Community Presbyterian Church in Cannon Beach, Oregon, where she participates in Vacation Bible School, choir and Bible study.

Ms. Potter has served in a number of leadership roles at both the State and national levels of the American Legion Auxiliary, and I would like to thank her personally for her ongoing service to our Nation's veterans.

She is joined today by her husband, Toby, a retired Navy Seabee.

I ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing Ms. Potter for her service to our country.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Let us pray:
Dear Lord,
We thank you for this day and the opportunities it presents to us.

Fill us with a renewed spirit, never to waver when the way is hard.
Prepare each of us with open hearts and broadened minds to face the many challenges set before us.

Direct our thoughts and emotions so that we may exhibit fair judgment and the practice of good core values.

May the principles of Justice, Freedom, Democracy, and Loyalty be ever preserved, for a happy and secure America.

Open our eyes to the needs of others, make us sensitive to the issues of poverty, racial, sexual, and age discrimination, war and peace, pollution and our environment.

Help us to recognize and grasp the opportunities for service that each one of us might make a difference.

God, we thank You for this Great Nation, and the service men and women who defend and protect our freedoms. Help us to know how to best honor and support them, fill them with strength and courage to endure.

May your blessings be with those suffering from the ravages of war, and our duty to them be ever on our minds.

We are comforted by your presence, as we pray for a peaceful Nation.

In Your Name we pray, Amen

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