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State lawmakers have a new prayer group they can join, the Tennessee Legislative Prayer Caucus.
Holly Meyer / The Tennessean

With their heads bowed, a small group of state lawmakers stood in a loose circle in the middle of a legislative committee room as their colleague, Rep. Mark Pody, led them in prayer.

“We want to invite the holy spirit here, father, to the Capitol. On the floor today, that the words that are said, father, that there’s no mean-spiritedness. Father, that we could just focus on you,” said Pody, a Wilson County Republican.

Those who gathered on a recent Thursday morning in Legislative Plaza are members of a relatively new prayer group for lawmakers, the Tennessee Legislative Prayer Caucus. It’s…