The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Dr. John F. Ross

Wayzata Community Church
Wayzata, MN

Sponsor: Rep. Hon. Jim Ramstad, (R-MN)
Date of Prayer: 01/31/2007

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

(Mr. RAMSTAD asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)

Mr. RAMSTAD. Mr. Speaker, it is a special privilege to welcome today's guest chaplain, the Reverend Dr. John Ross , Senior Minister of Wayzata Community Church in Wayzata, MN.

On behalf of the entire House, thank you, J.R., as Dr. Ross is known back home, for your moving and very timely prayer and for serving as guest chaplain here today.

I know Dr. Ross and his wonderful wife, Sheila, very well as Kathryn and I, our family are members of Wayzata Community Church. We are proud to call Dr. Ross our senior minister and grateful to call John and Sheila and their four wonderful children our dear friends.

Mr. Speaker, the Reverend Dr. John Ross is a true servant–leader who personifies faith, compassion and service to people in need. Dr. Ross came to Wayzata Community Church in 2004, after a 14–year ministry in Columbus, OH. Our Wayzata Community Church and indeed our entire Lake Minnetonka community are truly blessed by Dr. Ross' strong and principled leadership as well as his inspiring commitment to help people in need.

Every summer since 1996, Dr. Ross has led a mission of primarily young people to Mexico where they have built over 100 homes for the poorest of the poor. As one 8th grader from our church told me, J.R. not only talks the talk, he walks the walk. He is always the first one up the ladder in the morning and the last one down from the roof in the evening.

Mr. Speaker, the Reverend Dr. John Ross is truly a man of God who lives out the Biblical command to love God, love others, and serve the least amongst us.

Thank you again, Dr. Ross . Thank you, J.R., for serving the House of Representatives today and for doing the Lord's work in our church and community every day.

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Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

God of extravagant love, you give us your kingdom and then bid us to live in such a way as to claim it. We celebrate in your presence the ministry of all who give of themselves in service and love to others.

Enable us to break down any walls that may exist between us, discovering the magnificence of honesty and the splendor of community. Grant us understanding as we hope to be understood; caring as we hope to be cared for. May we never seek to get as much as to give, or self as much as servanthood. May we never seek glory for ourselves, but delight you.

Bless us in the knowledge that while you have given us your Word, you have not given us All your words but that you are still speaking. Startle us with the reality that your final word will be love. We pray in gratitude for your all–encompassing love

Amen.

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