The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Doctor Billy F. Hudgins

Cross Creek Community Church
Hokes Bluff, AL

Sponsor: Rep. Robert Aderholt, (R-AL)
Date of Prayer: 07/17/2007

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

(Mr. ADERHOLT asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)

Mr. ADERHOLT. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize our guest chaplain, Dr. Billy Franklin Hudgins . Dr. Hudgins has served selflessly as a pastor in Louisiana, South Carolina, and now in the district I represent in Alabama where he's the senior pastor of Cross Creek Community Church of Hokes Bluff, Alabama.

In addition to pastoral work, Dr. Hudgins has also been very involved with both State and national church leadership organizations. Among the honors he's received, he's served as president of the Alabama Baptist Convention Pastors Conference. He also served as trustee of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Dr. Hudgins has been a teacher and a coach over the course of his career. He has spent 5 years as a bi–vocational pastor and 35 years in churches belonging to the Southern Baptist Convention. If that wasn't enough, at a time when others look toward retirement, at the age of 60, Dr. Bill Hudgins helped start the church he currently serves in Hokes Bluff.

Dr. Hudgins is joined in Washington today by his wife, Connie, with whom he'll be celebrating 46 years of marriage in a matter of weeks. I'm honored to welcome Dr. Billy Hudgins as our guest here in the United States House of Representatives this morning as someone who is a servant and has spent his career as a follower of Jesus, and one who has helped others do the same along life's way.

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Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Gratitude to you, Oh Lord, for standing in this place, hallowed by your presence and honored by the blessings bestowed upon us as individuals and the vast number of your people these Representatives serve.

Our cry is for your wisdom, your mercy, your anointing so that those in the room may accomplish their assigned task today with insight far greater than their ingenuity supplies.

Give to this House, oh Lord, a spirit of unity that supersedes personal prejudices or party pressures so that your Divine purpose may be accomplished.

Lord, for those precious men and women serving in Iraq and difficult global assignments, or for those protecting us at home, guide them with a sense that their task is Yours.

May the words of our mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, oh Lord, our strength and our redeemer.
We ask in Your name.

Amen.

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