The pastor of Fort Mill’s Church on the Hill prayed with U.S. representatives on Capitol Hill recently.
The Rev. Tom Tucker, senior pastor of Sisk Memorial Baptist Church, accepted Rep. Mick Mulvaney’s invitation to open the U.S. House of Representatives session and said he was humbled and honored to deliver the message that “We do not need to fear. God is in charge; seek the Lord.”
“It was just a neat experience, just standing at that podium where presidents have addressed Congress and delivered the State of the Union,” Tucker said.
The tradition of ministers opening sessions of the House of Representatives with prayer dates to 1774 with The Rev. Jacob Duche of Christ Church of Philadelphia.
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Mulvaney (R-Indian Land) recommended Tucker and U.S. House Chaplain the Rev. Patrick J. Conroy approved the request. Within two weeks, Tucker was on the Hill. He said he was “very, very honored to be accepted.”
During his April 22 prayer, Tucker said in part, “With praise and thanksgiving we bow before You, Father. We thank You for Your love and guidance in each person’s life who serves in this room. Grant to the members of this body wisdom to take up their duties today. James said, ‘If any man lack wisdom, it shall be given him.’”
The pastor had not been to Washington since he was a child, and his wife Brenda had never visited the capital city. They enjoyed a private tour of the White House as well as an evening Bible study with Christian senators and House members and other federal officials.
“I am honored to have been chosen to be one of the pastors to deliver a prayer for The House. Grateful to represent My Lord, Sisk Memorial and South Carolina Baptists,” Tucker said.
Tucker is the first vice president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, serves on the executive committee for the Southern Baptist Convention and is a devotional speaker for employees of the Billy Graham Evangelical Association in Charlotte.
The text of The Rev. Tom Tucker prayer in the U.S. House can be found at chaplain.house.gov.