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Olympia pastor John Rosenberg opens U.S. House with prayer

OlympianMarch 25, 2014 

Pastor John Rosenberg of Olympia opened the U.S. House session Tuesday morning with a prayer asking for divine guidance and expressing hope for “a spirit of cooperation.” Rosenberg, who serves the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, was there at the invitation of U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, D-Olympia.

Here is video of Rosenberg speaking, followed by comments from Heck on the floor.

Pastor John is a role model for me. He has touched the lives of so many families in the South Sound, including my own. I’m honored he accepted my invitation to deliver today’s prayer,” Heck said in a statement.

Heck added in floor comments that Rosenberg is retiring June 30. “I have no fear for how he will spend his retirement times, because he is an obsessive, compulsive fisherman, which is a good thing to be in the Pacific Northwest, as a matter of fact, ’’ Heck said.

Rosenberg, a Wisconsin native, has led Good Shepherd since 2007 and was ordained in 1979 after receiving a master of divinity degree from Luther Theological Seminary. Rosenberg is married to Olympia School District assistant superintendent Nancy Faaren


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