EDITOR’S NOTE: The article below from the New York Daily News names Otis Moss III, the current pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, as the minister who delivered the sermon at the Easter Prayer Breakfast. That is not the case. Rev. Otis Moss Jr., who is not associated with Trinity United Church of Christ, delivered the message.
President Obama kicked off Holy Week at the White House Monday with 150 Christian leaders at the fifth annual Easter Prayer Breakfast.
The President welcomed the crowd to the East Room, promising that he would resist “the temptation to preach to preachers.”
In brief remarks, Obama offered his condolences to the victims of the shooting in Overland Park, Kan., and he praised those gathered for their ministry work.
“You don’t remain on the sidelines,” he told the group.
“I want to thank you for your ministries, for your good works, for the marching you do for justice, and dignity and inclusion.”
To wrap up his homily, the President jokingly quoted the prayer: “Lord fill my mouth with worthwhile stuff and nudge me when I’ve said enough.”
“The Almighty is nudging me,” he told the laughing pastors before sitting down.
Rev. Otis Moss, the minister who replaced the controversial Rev. Jeremiah Wright at Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ, delivered the sermon and Christian singer/songwriter Carlos Whittaker performed.
Rev. Al Sharpton, civil rights leader Rev. Joseph Lowery, Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore and Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, were among the guests.
The tradition was started by the Obama administration in 2010 to specifically celebrate the life and death of Christ.
The President and First Lady will host a Passover seder at the White House on Tuesday, on the second night of the Jewish holiday.
SOURCE: LESLIE LARSON
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS