The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Timothy Goble

Grace Evangelical Free Church
Colville, WA

Sponsor: Rep. Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, (R-WA)
Date of Prayer: 05/12/2010

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mrs. MCMORRIS RODGERS. Mr. Speaker, it is my great honor and pleasure to welcome Pastor Tim Goble , who gave the opening prayer to Congress this morning. He's the Pastor of Grace Evangelical Free Church in Colville, Washington, where he and his family have been faithfully serving our Lord in ministry to the people of that area for the past 23 years. He's been my pastor. Over the years, I've become friends with his wife, Jane, and their three sons, Nathan, Stephen, and Daniel.

His first job after seminary was serving as a youth pastor in northern Indiana from 1976 to 1986. He then moved across the country to Washington State in 1987, to become pastor of a new church plant of 35 people. Since then, the church has grown steadily, making a tremendous difference in the lives of all who have walked through its doors, including me and my family.

I admire Pastor Tim and his family and appreciate their leadership, service, commitment to our community, and their example to all of us. Thank you for coming to the United States Congress to lead us in prayer today.

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Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Most gracious Lord God, we are continually encouraged as we sense your guardianship as You powerfully determine the destiny of this Republic.

We acknowledge that the future of all of our political institutions are staked upon the capacity of each of us here to govern, control, and to sustain ourselves according to the Word of God.

Today we acknowledge our departure from your Word and ask for your forgiveness. May your Word once again become the guiding light for our homes, schools, courtrooms and workplaces.

Lay upon the hearts of all who serve in this great historical room, the need to establish a personal relationship with You that will grow them into servant leaders, who make their constituents the beneficiary of every decision from your divine perspective.

May they walk humbly with each other acknowledging their mutual duty of loving forbearance. All this we ask in the name of Jesus, Amen.

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