WASHINGTON — Gary Grogan, lead pastor at Stone Creek Church in Urbana for more than 25 years, served as guest chaplain for the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday and opened the session with a prayer.
"Those who are willing to serve under grueling public scrutiny, I pray that you would grant them wisdom and grace and fortitude to execute their responsibilities," Grogan said in the House chambers. "Lord, you know as a nation we are facing some of the biggest challenges in our young history and we seek your guiding hand to do what we cannot do. We acknowledge your ability to move us past our failures, our sins and our humanity."
Grogan asked to "help our government officials to lay down their own agendas for the greater good, for providing for the underserved, for caring for the disenfranchised and for fighting for those who cannot fight for themselves. Bless and protect these men and women and their families for those who would be unreasonable and those who would try to harm them."
Grogan was invited by U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, who later told his House colleagues that the minister "has spent a lifetime refreshing and encouraging those around him."
Davis said that under Grogan's leadership the Urbana church "has grown into a thriving, multi-ethnic congregation, leading many community outreach programs focused on justice and compassion."
Davis spokesman Andrew Flach said each congressman gets to select an honorary chaplain once per Congress. Those honored must travel to Washington, D.C., at their own expense.