prayers of the state: jan 13, 2005

Tom Goodman of the Hillcrest Baptist Church in Austin uses the traditional 70-word Protestant Our Father:

Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who have trespassed against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

The Senate brought Rev. Ricky Poe of The PromiseLand of Austin brought a 141-word prayer to the batter’s box:

Our eternal Father, we praise You and worship You this day. In advance of us, You have arrived and we feel Your powerful presence. Bless this assembly today. The people have chosen these men and women through the democratic process. Now, You guide them as Your servants through the theocratic process. Empower them with wisdom and a sixth sense of understanding. Bless their families with special protection and provisions of your extravagance. Heavenly Father, bring ironclad unity among those who are chosen to work in this Legislature. Where there is unity, there is strength. May there never be division and petty aggrandizement during this session. Together we shall conquer. When a righteous man rules the people, rejoice. So may Your soft winds of favor continue to blow in the State of Texas. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Both the House and the Senate are taking a break until January 24.






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