WASHINGTON – The world is in chaos: planes are under fire, thousands are dying in bitter wars overseas and political leaders are constantly at odds.
But then – a calming voice to soothe a nation’s fears: “We thank you, that we live in a land in opportunity, and we pray that you would help us to be mindful, of opportunities to help, to share, to protect, to welcome, and to proclaim what is just and what is good.”
Matthew Schramm is the Pastor of Bay City’s Westminster Presbyterian Church. He was invited to the U.S. House of Representatives floor, to offer a prayer before members of Congress – a moment that, he says, is not only special to him, but to his entire church community.
“We have a wonderful church community, I’m happy to serve with them,” Schramm said. “The fact that we are connected to one another as a country and as a connectional church is very important to them, and so they support anything that I can do in that regard.”
Pastor Schramm was invited to speak on the House floor by Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI) – who says the pastor’s speech was inspirational and uniting.
“It was really about us coming together and facing the big challenges that we face as a country, and trying to call on members of Congress to set aside our differences and come together,” Kildee said. “It’s a very important message in terms of individual faith, but it’s also a message that people in Congress should think about when we do our work here.”