The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Eugene Roberson

First Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church
North Chicago, IL

Sponsor: Rep. Rep. Mark Steven Kirk, (R-IL)
Date of Prayer: 10/24/2001

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. KIRK. Mr. Speaker, 2 years ago I worshipped at North Chicago's First Corinthian Baptist Church and met Pastor Eugene Roberson . He is a leader.

Pastor Roberson is one of our spiritual leaders in northern Illinois. Under his hand, First Corinthian welcomed 800 new members and will dedicate a new sanctuary this Sunday.

He is a mentor to young people from Zion, Waukegan, and North Chicago. He is also a seventh grade physical education teacher at Central Junior High School in Zion, Illinois. In recognition of his community service, Pastor Roberson received the distinguished Harambee Award of Excellence from the College of Lake County.

Pastor Roberson , a man of integrity and committed to family, is fond of saying, ‘‘God is good all of the time, and all the time, God is good.'' With his wife, Geraldine Herron Roberson , they are proud parents of three, Kristian, LaTonya and Eugene II, who blessed the Robersons with four grandchildren.

We look to Pastor Roberson in this time of adversity. We are reassured under his expanding ministry, and it is my honor to thank him for leading the United States Congress in prayer today during our hours of trial. On behalf of Congress, I thank Pastor Roberson .

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.

We come to thee for direction as You led Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. We ask Your blessing on these outstanding leaders who have been given an awesome responsibility to lead this country to greater height and success.

We ask Your blessing as they make objective and powerful decisions that will affect this country and the lives of its citizens. We pray You will give them sight, insight, and foresight.

Give sight that they may look on issues, give them insight that they may look into issues, and foresight to look beyond issues.

Give them strength to rise above conflicts, principalities, against powers, and against the rulers of the darkness of this country so that progress will be achieved.

We pray that each Member of Congress will use their knowledge, skills and intestinal fortitude to do God's will for America.

We pray for peace and unity that this country will live out its true meaning of justice and freedom.

We pray for their going out and coming in and that You will make them the head and not the tail.

We thank You for all that they will achieve during this Congressional session.

In Jesus' name, Amen.

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