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National Day of Prayer – Supreme Court (2017)

We held our annual prayer service at the Supreme Court. Our prayer service is the only observance of the National Day of Prayer at the seat of the Judicial Branch of The United States.

Only a few years ago, leading a service like this would be enough to get you arrested and charged with a federal offense.

We prayed for the judicial branch, the nine justices, and for the 850 federal judges under them. We hope that you’ll say a prayer as well!

It’s Official: Judge Neil Gorsuch Takes the Oath of Office

Our day began with prayer in front of our headquarters when Judge Gorsuch drove by and entered the Supreme Court Building.

Incredibly, we were able to witness the private Oath of Office, administered by Chief Justice Roberts to Judge Neil Gorsuch, in the conference room from our position right in front of our Ten Commandments statue. As Judge Gorsuch lifted his hand to take the oath, your Faith & Action team bowed in prayer — asking the Lord for His guidance and wisdom to be upon the newest Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

Thank you for all the support you have given over the years! Because of your help, we have been placed by God to pray and minister to both our nation’s elected officials but also to all those who are involved in the High Court – from the security team right up to the Justices themselves.  

Faith & Action has been faithful to bear witness of the Gospel of Christ and to reach out to ALL who work on Capitol Hill. Not only have we planted seeds, but we have been blessed to see the fruit of our labor time and again in the changed lives and hearts of those we have ministered to.

We rely on your faithful partnership with us, both in prayer and financial support, because it enables us to continue this important work that the Lord has graciously given us to do in Washington, D.C. To donate, please CLICK HERE or send your gift by mail to Faith & Action, 109 2nd St, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002. If it’s more convenient, you may also call (202-546-8329).

On Behalf of Your Faith & Action Missionary Team,

Mrs. Peggy Nienaber
Director of Operation

 

P.S. We ask that you join us in prayer for Associate Justice Gorsuch as he walks down this path of transition and we also ask that you lift up his family in prayer as they too adjust to their new home and all the challenges, blessings, and pressures that comprise the job of being a United States Supreme Court Justice.

Justice Neil Gorsuch Pledges Constitutional & Judicial Oath

On Friday, the Senate confirmed Judge Neil Gorsuch to be the 113th Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Today, Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch took both the “constitutional oath” and the “judicial oath.” Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. administered the constitutional oath at the Supreme Court at 9:00 am. Justice Anthony Kennedy, whom Neil Gorsuch served as a law clerk, administered the judicial oath in a public ceremony at the White House at 11:00 am.

Please join us in our prayerful and supportive concern for all the Justices who bear an extraordinary responsibility and workload on behalf of the American people.

Join Our Prayer Conference Call for the Supreme Court Nomination Process

REMINDER! PLEASE JOIN US FOR A PRAYER CONFERENCE CALL FOR THE SUPREME COURT NOMINATION PROCESS . . .

We at Faith & Action value the importance of prayer and recognize that there is no greater thing we can do for the current Supreme Court nomination process than bring everything before the Lord!
 
Please join us on Thursday, March 30th for a conference call led by myself and Hope Ministries’ President, Dave Kistler, for a time of prayer for Judge Neil Gorsuch, his family, the U.S. Senate, and the nomination process and vote.

The Conference Call will take place, Thursday, March 30th at 7:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). To join us in prayer, please call 712-770-4010 and dial-in access code 361918#. Also, we suggest that you submit a prayer to our Prayer Wall on our website.
 

Submit Prayer Request Here

I hope you will participate in this important call as we bring our prayers before God and seek His will in this nomination process for the Supreme Court. We can be confident that the Lord hears our prayers and that He does indeed direct the affairs of men (Daniel 4:17).
 
Please mark your calendar for tomorrow, THURSDAY, MARCH 30th, at 7:00 P.M. (EASTERN TIME)! We look forward to our time together in prayer.
 
On Behalf of Your Faith & Action Team,

Mrs. Peggy Nienaber
Vice President of Operations

Senate Confirmation Hearings for SCOTUS Nominee Judge Gorsuch – Day 4

Nomination of Judge Gorsuch to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

Date: March 23, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Hart Senate Office Building 216
Presiding: Chairman Grassley

 

 

Introducers

The Honorable Michael Bennet
United States Senator
State of Colorado

The Honorable Cory Gardner
United States Senator
State of Colorado
 
Mr. Neal Katyal
Former Acting Solicitor General 2010-2011
Washington, D.C.

Panel I
The Honorable Neil M. Gorsuch

Panel II

Ms. Nancy Scott Degan
American Bar Association
Standing Committee On The Federal Judiciary
New Orleans, LA
Read Statement

Ms. Shannon Edwards
American Bar Association
Standing Committee On The Federal Judiciary
Edmond, OK

Panel III

Majority

The Honorable Deanell Reece Tacha
U.S. Court Of Appeals Judge (Retired)
Duane And Kelly Roberts Dean And Professor Of Law
Pepperdine Law School
Malibu, CA
Read Statement

The Honorable Robert Harlan Henry
U.S. Court Of Appeals Judge (Retired)
President
Oklahoma City University
Oklahoma City, OK
Read Statement
 
The Honorable John L. Kane
U.S. District Court Judge (Senior)
District Of Colorado
Denver, CO
Read Statement
 
Ms. Leah Bressack
Former Law Clerk
Washington, D.C.
Read Statement

Minority  

Ms. Elisa Massimino
President And CEO
Human Rights First
Washington, D.C.
Read Statement

Mr. Jameel Jaffer
Executive Director
Knight First Amendment Institute
Columbia University
New York, NY
Read Statement

Mr. Jeff Perkins
Berthoud, CO
Read Statement
 
Mr. Guerino J. Calemine, III
General Counsel
Communications Workers Of America
Washington, D.C.
Read Statement

Panel IV

Majority

Mr. Jeff Lamken
Partner
MoloLamken
Washington, D.C.
Read Statement

Professor Lawrence Solum
Carmack Waterhouse Professor Of Law
Georgetown University Law Center
Washington, D.C.
Read Statement
 
Professor Jonathan Turley
J.B. And Maurice C. Shapiro Professor Of Public Interest Law
The George Washington University Law School
Washington, D.C.
Read Statement
 
Ms. Karen Harned
Executive Director
National Federation Of Independent Business Small Business Legal Center
Washington, D.C.
Read Statement
 
Minority  
 
Ms. Heather McGhee
President
Demos
New York, NY
Read Statement
 
Ms. Fatima Goss Graves
Senior Vice President For Program & President-Elect
National Women’s Law Center
Washington, D.C.
 
Mr. Pat Gallagher
Director
Environmental Law Program
Sierra Club
Oakland, CA
 
Ms. Eve Hill
Partner
Brown Goldstein Levy
New York, NY
Read Statement

Panel V

Majority

Mr. Peter Kirsanow
Commissioner
U.S. Commission On Civil Rights
Partner
Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff
Cleveland, OH
Read Statement

Ms. Alice Fisher
Partner
Latham & Watkins
Washington, D.C.
Read Statement

Ms. Hannah Smith
Senior Counsel
Becket
Washington, D.C.
Read Statement

Mr. Tim Meyer
Former Law Clerk
Nashville, TN
Read Statement

Mr. Jamil Jaffer
Former Law Clerk
Arlington, VA
Read Statement

Minority

Ms. Kristen Clarke
President & CEO
Lawyers Committee For Civil Rights Under Law
Washington, D.C.
Read Statement

Ms. Sarah Warbelow
Legal Director
Human Rights Campaign
Washington, D.C.
Read Statement

Ms.
Amy Hagstrom Miller
President & CEO
Founder
Whole Woman’s Health
Charlottesville, VA

Professor
William Marshall
William Rand Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor Of Law
University Of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
Read Statement
 
Ms. Sandy Phillips
Boerne, TX
Read Statement
 
 
 
 

The Grueling Process of Becoming a Supreme Court Justice

Today is the final day of questioning for Judge Neil Gorsuch in his nomination process to become the next Supreme Court Justice of the United States.

Just as in the previous three days of the committee hearing, your Faith & Action ministry team was in the room and busy praying for Judge Gorsuch, his family, and all those involved in the nomination process.  

The role of being a nominee for the High Court is not for the faint of heart, and Judge Gorsuch once again showed his trademark resiliency and calmness while being barraged with intense questioning and harsh scrutiny and criticism by some of the Senate Judiciary Committee members. And one thing our team noted was that Mrs. Gorsuch showed that same calm spirit and even a sense of warmth while her husband received seemingly unfair criticisms for his commitment to stay true to the letter of the law.
 
There was no place we would have rather been than on our spiritual knees interceding on behalf of this judge and his family as they underwent what most Supreme Court nominees face in this process – a critique by strangers of their entire life; including people they have known and studied with as well as the many cases they have judged in their career. And, like so often before in other nomination processes, a minute number of cases are honed in on while a vast majority of cases go unrecognized. Sadly, and without a doubt, both parties often turn the nomination process into a political evaluation versus a true critique of the judge’s experience and ability to be a Supreme Court Justice.
 
So how does a judge make it through this grueling process and live to tell about it? Judge Gorsuch offered a glimpse as to his ability to endure the difficulty while keeping a peaceful demeanor. While thanking his wife of 20 years and his parents and family, an emotional Gorsuch talked about his Christian faith and said, “You’re never closer to God than when you are in the wilderness.”
 
Please continue to pray for Judge Gorsuch and his family and for the entire U.S. Senate who will be voting on this nominee sometime before Congress takes their Easter recess on April 8th.
 
Though the interview portion is done, the nomination process continues. Can we count on you to continue to walk alongside us as we pray and minister to the judicial nominee and his family as well to all the Senate Committee members? 
 
Your gift of $50, $75, $100, $250, or more per month keeps all of our outreach programs thriving. If you are unable to donate on a monthly basis, please know that your special one-time gift will also be a big boost to our Faith & Action ministry. You can make your tax-deductible gift online HERE, or call in your gift (202-546-8329), or mail it the old-fashioned way to Faith and Action, 109 2nd St, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002.
 
The Supreme Court is one of Faith & Action’s most unique and private personal ministry outreaches. Much of what we do is confidential – but in this very public nomination, it is our privilege to come alongside all those who are part of this important process by praying and offering our ministerial support to those who may need spiritual refreshing and comfort. 
 
Thank you for enabling us to minister to the Supreme Court nominee and his family. Please keep Judge Gorsuch and the entire Senate in your prayers as they prepare for the final vote.

On Behalf of Your Faith & Action Team,

Mrs. Peggy Nienaber
Vice President of Operations

Senate Confirmation Hearings for SCOTUS Nominee Judge Gorsuch – Day 3

Nomination of Judge Gorsuch to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

Date: March 22, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Hart Senate Office Building 216
Presiding: Chairman Grassley

 

 

Introducers

The Honorable Michael Bennet
United States Senator
State of Colorado

The Honorable Cory Gardner
United States Senator
State of Colorado
 
Mr. Neal Katyal
Former Acting Solicitor General 2010-2011
Washington, D.C.

Panel I
The Honorable Neil M. Gorsuch

Panel II

Ms. Nancy Scott Degan
American Bar Association
Standing Committee On The Federal Judiciary
New Orleans, LA

Ms. Shannon Edwards
American Bar Association
Standing Committee On The Federal Judiciary
Edmond, OK

Panel III

Majority

The Honorable Deanell Reece Tacha
U.S. Court Of Appeals Judge (Retired)
Duane And Kelly Roberts Dean And Professor Of Law
Pepperdine Law School
Malibu, CA

The Honorable Robert Harlan Henry
U.S. Court Of Appeals Judge (Retired)
President
Oklahoma City University
Oklahoma City, OK
 
The Honorable John L. Kane
U.S. District Court Judge (Senior)
District Of Colorado
Denver, CO
 
Ms. Leah Bressack
Former Law Clerk
Washington, D.C.

Minority  

Ms. Elisa Massimino
President And CEO
Human Rights First
Washington, D.C.

Mr. Jameel Jaffer
Executive Director
Knight First Amendment Institute
Columbia University
New York, NY

Mr. Jeff Perkins
Berthoud, CO
 
Mr. Guerino J. Calemine, III
General Counsel
Communications Workers Of America
Washington, D.C.

Panel IV

Majority

Mr. Jeff Lamken
Partner
MoloLamken
Washington, D.C.

Professor Lawrence Solum
Carmack Waterhouse Professor Of Law
Georgetown University Law Center
Washington, D.C.
 
Professor Jonathan Turley
J.B. And Maurice C. Shapiro Professor Of Public Interest Law
The George Washington University Law School
Washington, D.C.
 
Ms. Karen Harned
Executive Director
National Federation Of Independent Business Small Business Legal Center
Washington, D.C.
 
Minority  
 
Ms. Heather McGhee
President
Demos
New York, NY
Ms. Fatima Goss Graves
Senior Vice President For Program & President-Elect
National Women’s Law Center
Washington, D.C.
Mr. Pat Gallagher
Director
Environmental Law Program
Sierra Club
Oakland, CA
Ms. Eve Hill
Partner
Brown Goldstein Levy
New York, NY

Panel V

Majority

Mr. Peter Kirsanow
Commissioner
U.S. Commission On Civil Rights
Partner
Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff
Cleveland, OH

Ms. Alice Fisher
Partner
Latham & Watkins
Washington, D.C.

Ms. Hannah Smith
Senior Counsel
Becket
Washington, D.C.

Mr. Tim Meyer
Former Law Clerk
Nashville, TN

Mr. Jamil Jaffer
Former Law Clerk
Arlington, VA

Minority

Ms. Kristen Clarke
President & CEO
Lawyers Committee For Civil Rights Under Law
Washington, D.C.

Ms. Sarah Warbelow
Legal Director
Human Rights Campaign
Washington, D.C.

Ms.
Amy Hagstrom Miller
President & CEO
Founder
Whole Woman’s Health
Charlottesville, VA

Professor
William Marshall
William Rand Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor Of Law
University Of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
 
Ms. Sandy Phillips
Boerne, TX
 
 
 

Inside the Senate Confirmation Hearing of Supreme Court Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch

“You shall appoint judges and officers in all your towns that the LORD your God is giving you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment.” – Deuteronomy 16:18

There is no greater event on Capitol Hill – one filled with intensity and a magnitude of importance – than Supreme Court nomination hearings. And, with the vacated seat of Justice Antonin Scalia, there may not be a more important confirmation hearing than the one that is taking place this week for Judge Neil Gorsuch.

Yesterday, our VP of Operations, Peggy Nienaber, was inside the committee room to not just watch the proceedings but to pray over every aspect of the process. Just four feet away from Judge Gorsuch, we prayed for the Judge and his family; the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee; the tone of the meeting; and of course, that the Lord’s will would be done.

The Supreme Court is one of Faith & Action unique and private personal ministry outreaches. Much of what we do is confidential – but in this very public nomination process, it is our privilege to come alongside all those who are part of this important hearing by being present each day, praying, and offering our ministerial support to all who may need spiritual refreshing and comfort. There is no doubt that the confirmation hearings are an often grueling and emotionally draining experience, which is why Faith & Action is up close and personal in the room to provide needed prayer and encouragement to all who may need it!

The confirmation hearing reconvenes today with the beginning of what one would call “an intense interview process.” The Senate Judiciary Committee opened Round One allowing thirty minutes for each committee member to speak followed by Round Two (Day 2), which begins the questioning process of Judge Gorsuch. Senator Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, is expecting that it will be a ten-hour day without interruption.

Once again, your Faith & Action ministry team is seated in the committee room and paying close attention to all that is being said while also praying over every aspect of the day’s proceedings.

We ask that you join us in praying for Judge Gorsuch and his family and for all the senators on the Committee. To help you in your prayers, I want to bring to your attention what Senator Chuck Grassley (Republican), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senator Chris Coons (Democrat), stated yesterday as matters of importance in the review of Judge Gorsuch this week.

Senator Grassley, in speaking about Judge Gorsuch, stated, “The judge’s job, our nominee says, is to deliver on the promise that ‘all litigants, rich or poor, mighty or meek, will receive equal protection under the law and due process for their grievances’ . . . The nominee before us understands that any judge worth his salt will ‘regularly issue judgments with which they disagree as a matter of policy—all because they think that’s what the law fairly demands.’ Fundamentally, that is the difference between a legislator and a judge. All of us should keep this in mind during the course of this hearing.”

Senator Coons, in discussing his concern about the intersection of religious liberty and individual rights, stated, “Throughout our nation’s history, religion has inspired countless acts of charity, kindness, and good work. But when I think about the Founders’ wisdom to protect both church and state by ensuring their separation, I am in awe. Our United States were founded by people who came here for many reasons, seeking opportunity, freedom from oppression, and hoping in many cases to be free to practice their faith . . . The Supreme Court over decades has sought to strike and preserve a careful balance between the free exercise rights of religious minorities and the power of legislatures to compel compliance with neutral laws.”

It is expected that the Committee will schedule to vote on Judge Gorsuch’s nomination on April 3rd. Senator Chuck Grassley has promised a confirmation vote before the Senate breaks for Easter recess on April 8th.

Can we count on you to walk alongside us as we pray and minister to the judicial nominee and his family as well to all the Senate Committee members? Your prayers and financial support enable Faith & Action to minister to our nation’s leaders – including those being considered to the highest court of our land.

In fact, your gift of $50, $75, $100, $250 or more per month keeps all of our outreach programs thriving. If you are unable to donate on a monthly basis, please know that your special one-time gift will also be a big boost to our Faith & Action ministry. You can make your tax-deductible gift online HERE, or call in your gift (202-546-8329), or mail it the old-fashioned way to Faith and Action, 109 2nd St, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002.

Please keep Judge Gorsuch and his family in your prayers. We will be present in the committee room throughout the nomination process and will keep you, our faithful supporters, updated and aware of specific prayer requests!

On Behalf of Your Faith & Action Team,

Mrs. Peggy Nienaber
Vice President of Operations

P.S. As soon as a new justice is confirmed, your Faith & Action team will be looking for the first opportunity to welcome him to our neighborhood!

Senate Confirmation Hearings for SCOTUS Nominee Judge Gorsuch – Day 1

The Senate Judiciary Committee has begun hearings for Supreme Court Justice nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch. The hearing will conclude within three to four days.

Each step of the way during the Nomination Process, your Faith & Action team will be present — praying and relaying information to you, our support team, so that you can be informed and pray with us over this critical time in history.

Once the Senate Judiciary Committee finishes their inquiry, they will report out to the entire Senate who will then consider and vote on the nominee. A simple majority vote is required to confirm or to reject a nominee, but a successful filibuster could threaten the vote. If a filibuster occurs, 60 votes are needed in favor of cloture, which would allow debate to end and force a final vote on the confirmation.

Once the Senate confirms the nomination by an affirmative vote, the Secretary of the Senate attests to a resolution of confirmation and transmits it to the White House. The President then prepares and signs a commission, and affixes the Seal of the United States Department of Justice before the new Supreme Court Justice can take office.

A ceremony is held in which the Justice must take the Constitutional Oath. The final ceremony is when the Justice appears at the U.S. Supreme Court with the President and the rest of the Justices on the High Court to take his seat.

The Confirmation Process to Becoming a Supreme Court Justice
Learn More About Confirmation Process HERE:

Nomination of Judge Gorsuch to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

 

Date: March 20, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Hart Senate Office Building 216
Presiding: Chairman Grassley

 

Member Statements

Senator Chuck Grassley R (IA): Read Statement
Senator Orrin G. Hatch R (UT): Read Statement
Senator Michael S. Lee R (UT): Read Statement 

Introducers

The Honorable Michael Bennet
United States Senator
State of Colorado

The Honorable Cory Gardner
United States Senator
State of Colorado
 
Mr. Neal Katyal
Former Acting Solicitor General 2010-2011
Washington, D.C.

Panel I
The Honorable Neil M. Gorsuch

Panel II

Ms. Nancy Scott Degan
American Bar Association
Standing Committee On The Federal Judiciary
New Orleans, LA

Ms. Shannon Edwards
American Bar Association
Standing Committee On The Federal Judiciary
Edmond, OK

Panel III

Majority

The Honorable Deanell Reece Tacha
U.S. Court Of Appeals Judge (Retired)
Duane And Kelly Roberts Dean And Professor Of Law
Pepperdine Law School
Malibu, CA

The Honorable Robert Harlan Henry
U.S. Court Of Appeals Judge (Retired)
President
Oklahoma City University
Oklahoma City, OK
 
The Honorable John L. Kane
U.S. District Court Judge (Senior)
District Of Colorado
Denver, CO
 
Ms. Leah Bressack
Former Law Clerk
Washington, D.C.

Minority  

Ms. Elisa Massimino
President And CEO
Human Rights First
Washington, D.C.

Mr. Jameel Jaffer
Executive Director
Knight First Amendment Institute
Columbia University
New York, NY

Mr. Jeff Perkins
Berthoud, CO
 
Mr. Guerino J. Calemine, III
General Counsel
Communications Workers Of America
Washington, D.C.

Panel IV

Majority

Mr. Jeff Lamken
Partner
MoloLamken
Washington, D.C.

Professor Lawrence Solum
Carmack Waterhouse Professor Of Law
Georgetown University Law Center
Washington, D.C.
 
Professor Jonathan Turley
J.B. And Maurice C. Shapiro Professor Of Public Interest Law
The George Washington University Law School
Washington, D.C.
 
Ms. Karen Harned
Executive Director
National Federation Of Independent Business Small Business Legal Center
Washington, D.C.
 
Minority  
 
Ms. Heather McGhee
President
Demos
New York, NY
 
Ms. Fatima Goss Graves
Senior Vice President For Program & President-Elect
National Women’s Law Center
Washington, D.C.
 
Mr. Pat Gallagher
Director
Environmental Law Program
Sierra Club
Oakland, CA
 
Ms. Eve Hill
Partner
Brown Goldstein Levy
New York, NY

Panel V

Majority

Mr. Peter Kirsanow
Commissioner
U.S. Commission On Civil Rights
Partner
Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff
Cleveland, OH

Ms. Alice Fisher
Partner
Latham & Watkins
Washington, D.C.

Ms. Hannah Smith
Senior Counsel
Becket
Washington, D.C.

Mr. Tim Meyer
Former Law Clerk
Nashville, TN

Mr. Jamil Jaffer
Former Law Clerk
Arlington, VA

Minority

Ms. Kristen Clarke
President & CEO
Lawyers Committee For Civil Rights Under Law
Washington, D.C.

Ms. Sarah Warbelow
Legal Director
Human Rights Campaign
Washington, D.C.

Ms.
Amy Hagstrom Miller
President & CEO
Founder
Whole Woman’s Health
Charlottesville, VA

Professor
William Marshall
William Rand Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor Of Law
University Of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
 
Ms. Sandy Phillips
Boerne, TX

The Ecumenical Prayer Service for the Gorsuch Family and Friends

As you know, President Trump has named Judge Neil Gorsuch of Colorado for appointment to the United States Supreme Court.

Today we held an ecumenical (whole household) Christian prayer service for Judge Gorsuch and his family at the Simpson Chapel inside the United Methodist Building here on Capitol Hill. The chapel is located exactly midway between the U.S. Senate office buildings, where the confirmation hearings will be held, and the United States Supreme Court, where the Nominee would take up his duties as an associate Justice.

Each step of the way during the Nomination Process, your Faith & Action team will be present — praying and relaying information to you, our support team, so that you can be informed and pray with us during this critical time in history.