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82nd Airborne Army Chaplain Leads US Congress In Prayer

By The Raleigh Telegram

WASHINGTON DC  – According to U.S. Representative Howard Coble’s office, Captain Rudy Stevens, a Fort Bragg chaplain, led the U.S. House of Representatives in prayer last Wednesday, February 15th.

“Congressman Coble welcomed an Army chaplain from Moore County to Capitol Hill last week as the guest chaplain for the House of Representatives,” said Coble’s office in a statement.  Congressman Coble’s (R-NC) district includes portions of central North Carolina such as Greensboro and Burlington.

According to Coble’s office, Army Chaplain Rudy Stevens serves in the 2–504 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Captain Stevens has been awarded the Bronze Star, the Air Assault Wings, and Jump Wings during his service which has included deployment to Afghanistan.  Captain Stevens’ unit is once again being deployed to Afghanistan next month.

“On behalf of the constituents of the Sixth District of North Carolina and my colleagues here in the people’s House, Chaplain Stevens, we welcome you to the House of Representatives and extend our appreciation to you for having offered today’s prayer,” said Congressman Coble on the floor of the House of Representatives.

According to Coble’s office, before heading to the House floor together, Congressman Coble and Captain Stevens met in his Rayburn Building office where Stevens presented Coble with a hat with the words “Operation Enduring Freedom” on it.

Courtesy of Coble’s office, Captain Stevens offered the following prayer:

“Lord, too often, we Americans back home forget to pray for our leader here in D.C. Forgive us, Lord. For those assembled here in the people’s House, I pray that You give them courage, strength, and wisdom.

Give them courage from our convictions, strength from Your spirit, and wisdom for the future. For here decisions are made: choices that shape circumstances of years, if not generations, of all Americans.

All the way from California to North Carolina that airborne chorus sounds off loud and strong with, ‘‘This land is my land, and this land is your land.’’

And it is here in this room that chorus hits the ground and finds harmony reminding us that from many, we are one, one Nation under God that seek liberty and justice for all, for all th fatherless and the oppressed.

So, Lord, hear our prayer and keep these leaders wise, strong, and courageous. In Jesus’ name, Amen.” ::


Posted Wednesday, February 22, 2012


One Response to 82nd Airborne Army Chaplain Leads US Congress In Prayer

  1. Janet Borneman

    February 22, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    I grew up with Capt. Stevens. He has always been a man of integrity and always seemed to know what he wanted out of life. It is wonderful to see ‘One of our own’ do so well! The class of ’93 is very proud of you, Rudy may God bless you and keep you safe. May He also bless your beautiful family!