Great Bend Pastor gives opening prayer on Capitol Hill

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - Opening the House of Representatives with prayer is a time-honored tradition and one that a Great Bend native participated in Thursday. Pastor Joshua Leu from the First Christian Church of Great Bend did the honors at the request of Rep. Roger Marshall (R-KS).

Rep. Roger Marshall (R-KS) says the opening prayer is another way to bring lawmakers together.

“We need it. We need all the help we can get,” said Leu.

Congressman Roger Marshall, a Great Bend native invited pastor Leu. Marshall attends Leu’s First Christian Church. He says he’s honored to have his pastor come to Washington to represent Kansas.

“It’s one more way I can share what my community is like with other congressmen and women and really the entire country gets a chance to watch something like this,” said Marshall.

Marshall says the opening prayer is an integral part of the day on Capitol Hill.

“This is one more chance for us to come together and say, ‘Gosh, we don’t know everything. God please give us wisdom,’” said Marshall.

Pastor Leu says he is grateful for the opportunity to play a part in finding that wisdom for our nation’s leaders.

“It helps us to find what we’re about; our values, our morals and kind of pushes us in the right direction when we don’t know where to go,” said Leu.

Pastor Leu got the chance to follow Marshall around Capitol Hill the last two days. He heads back to Great Bend Friday.