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Honorable Mark Sanford

Representing the 1st District of South Carolina

Pastor Johnson of Goose Creek Leads House in Opening Prayer

Jul 26, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representative Mark Sanford welcomed Pastor Don Johnson of Harbour Lake Baptist Church in Goose Creek to the House of Representatives. Pastor Johnson served as the guest chaplain for the day, offering the opening prayer on the House floor.

Pastor Johnson offered the following prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

We thank you for the day that You have bestowed upon us, may our actions glorify You in all that we do. We humbly request that You Lord place Your providential hand of protection upon every Member, their families, and those who guard and protect this chamber. 

O gracious God, remind us daily that while we are here to represent the people, our authority comes from you for there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.  

May there be a renewal of prayer across the United States and God please place a burden upon us that we might seek You before we undertake any endeavor.

God bless the House of Representatives and God bless these United States of America.

I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.



For nearly two decades, Members of Congress have sponsored local religious leaders from their home districts to be guest chaplains. During their visit to DC, Pastor Johnson - along with his wife and stepmother - took a tour of the U.S. Capitol and the White House.