Sam Johnson Welcomes Guest Chaplain, Pastor Melissa Hatch from The Mission, Prosper United Methodist Church
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Melissa Hatch, Lead Pastor at Prosper United Methodist Church’s The Mission, served as Guest Chaplain for the U.S. House of Representatives under the recommendation of U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03).
Every Congress, each Member of Congress is invited to recommend one pastoral leader to deliver the opening prayer at the start of that day’s House Floor session.
After the conclusion of Pastor’s Hatch’s prayer, Rep. Johnson released the following statement:
It’s an honor and a privilege to have Pastor Hatch lead the prayer in the House today on behalf of the Third District. It is moments like this that remind us how blessed we are to live in a country with freedom of religion. When I was a POW for nearly seven years, I lived without this freedom, and my buddies and I were brutally punished when we worshipped God against camp rules. To be on American soil at the United States Capitol – the home of our democracy – and to welcome one of our local pastors is a blessing I could not have imagined in that solitary cell. So I thank Pastor Hatch for opening our session with such thoughtful words of prayer. Her leadership is truly a reflection of Christ’s love. May we all strive to daily serve our community and country with compassion and humility. God bless you and God bless America. I salute you.
Transcript of Pastor Melissa Hatch’s prayer:
Almighty and Gracious God, today we are grateful for Your guidance and Your presence in our lives. We humbly follow Your lead and direction. When our own decisions seem too difficult to navigate, help us to turn to the One who never slumbers nor sleeps. When we are impatient for decisions, help us to wait upon You for the right way to go. Strengthen us for the work that You have called us to do. Help us to work together for the common good, and reach across lines to be Your hands and feet in a world that desperately needs You. And when times and situations seem uncertain, help us cling to the hope that we find in You. And in the words of Micah 6:8, help us to “act justly, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God.” We pray all of this in Your mighty name, Amen.