Invocation sets tone for ceremony


Karen and Mike Pence bow their heads as Community Church of Greenwood founding pastor Charles Lake, right, delivers the invocation Monday, at the inauguration ceremony. PHOTO BY ANDREW LAKER

On the west steps of the Indiana Statehouse, hundreds of people gathered in the cold to mark the next chapter in Indiana history.

Gov.-elect Mike Pence stood with his family next to a podium, waiting to be inaugurated. As the ceremony started and the crowd went silent, Pence’s longtime pastor, the Rev. Charles Lake, stepped to the microphone.

Lake, a Greenwood resident, gave the opening invocation of the inauguration. He prayed for the success and blessing of all Indiana residents and expressed his hope that Pence would keep his faith prominent in his decision-making for the next four years.

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