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Fr. Elder sponsored as Pastor of Day for Texas House of Representatives
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On Thursday, Father Clayton Elder, rector at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Beeville, recited the daily invocation to members of the 83rd session of the Texas House of Representatives. A pastor or priest from one of the legislative districts gives a daily invocation to the house when in session before any legislative business is conducted.

Fr. Clayton, ordained a priest in April of 2009, joined St. Philip’s Episcopal Church after being an associate and curate of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Dallas.

He asked the Lord to: “Grant to the president of the United States, the governor of this state, the senators and representatives here assembled and to all in authority wisdom and strength to know and do thy will.” Fr. Clayton urged the Lord to “guide and bless them, that they may enact such laws as shall please You, to the glory of Your name, and the welfare of this people.”

Fr. Clayton expressed the “awesome privilege” to stand in front of the House of Representatives to give the daily invocation. “I was standing on some very broad shoulders,” Elder said. He stressed the excitement of taking the podium where many pastors and priests had stood for more than a century, as well as expressed appreciation at the ability to pray in a structure encircled with so much history.

“United, the people do amazing and powerful things. The Texas House of Representatives brings God into every session, and that’s amazing,” said Fr. Clayton.
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