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  • tallahassee blues fan
    I guess I should have considered the source when I got the post before posting it here. Had I done so, I would have probably guessed that the story was eight years old. Thanks for the update.

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  • The opening to the Kansas legislative session

    Somebody in our office circulated this story today about the prayer offered at the beginning of the Kansas legislative session. I don't know the source of this story, and hadn't heard anything about it, and thought maybe some of you who are in the Midwest may have heard about it:

    Kansas at the opening session of their Senate. It seems prayer still
    upsets some people.

    When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas
    Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what
    they heard:

    "Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and
    to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to
    those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done. We
    have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We confess
    that we have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and call it

    We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.

    We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.

    We have killed our unborn and called it choice.

    We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.

    We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self

    We have abused power and called it politics.

    We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition.

    We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it
    freedom of _expression.

    We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called
    it enlightenment.

    Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin
    and set us free.

    Guide and bless these men and women who have been sent to direct us to
    the center of Your will and to openly ask these things in the name of
    Your Son, the living Savior, Jesus Christ.


    The response was immediate. A number of legislators walked out during
    the prayer in protest..

    In 6 short weeks, Central Christian Church, where Rev. Wright is pastor,
    logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls
    responding negatively.

    The church is now receiving international requests for copies of this
    prayer from India, Africa and Korea.

    Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program, "The
    Rest of the Story," and received a larger response to this program than
    any other he has ever aired.