Vienna pastor delivers prayer at U.S. House of Representatives

WASHINGTON — Pastor Jon Lands of the Fellowship Baptist Church on Rosemar Road delivered the prayer opening Thursday’s session of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Lands was introduced by Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., who recommended him to the chaplain of the House of Representatives to deliver the prayer.

Lands, senior pastor at the Vienna church since 1996, thanked the Lord for His guidance over the country for the last 241 years.

“We’re thankful for those who have gone before us and paid the price for our freedom from tyranny,” Lands said.

He asked the Lord for his continued favor and grace and to protect those in harm’s way to “preserve the liberty of our land.”

“We pray for all in authority that we may live in peace. And we ask You to lead this Congress to follow Your instruction given to the Prophet Micah,” he said. “To do justly. To love mercy. And to walk humbly with You.”

The prayer was about a minute long.

McKinley’s introduction included a brief biography of Lands’ tenure at the church, taking it through a period of tremendous growth in the size of the congregation and the creation of other programs, including Praise FM Radio, “Faith Talk” on a local radio station and a nationally and internationally broadcast program, “Word of Life.”

“His service to the community doesn’t stop at the church doors,” McKinley said.

Lands is on the executive board of directors of the Wood County Christian School, serves on the Family Policy Council and the board of the Women’s Care Center of the Mid-Ohio Valley, McKinley said.