The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Tri Robinson

Vineyard Christian Fellowship Church
Boise, ID

Sponsor: Rep. Walt Minnick, (D-ID)
Date of Prayer: 09/16/2009

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. MINNICK. Madam Speaker, I rise this morning to welcome to this august Chamber the Reverend Tri Robinson, the founder and leader of the Vineyard Christian Fellowship, one of the largest and most rapidly growing churches in my home town of Boise, Idaho.

Tri leads a Christian fellowship, proud of its natural, Bible–based worship, devotion to prayer, and generous service to all in need. Tri and his parishioners feed the hungry, house the homeless, engage and educate our youth, and work hard to protect the places we love in the West. He is an educator, author, and Idaho cowboy who has become a pioneer of environmental stewardship for the evangelical churches all over America.

As his Representative in Congress, I welcome Tri Robinson to this House, and I thank him for his moving spiritual guidance.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Father in heaven – as the Apostle Paul once prayed over the people of Philippi, today we echo not only his words but the heart from which they were spoken:

We pray that if we have any encouragement from belonging to God; any comfort from his love; any fellowship together in his Spirit – Then let our hearts be tender and compassionate agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.

We pray as Paul prayed for pure motives of selflessness; not trying to impress others, being humble, thinking of others as more important than ourselves.

We pray that we wouldn’t look out only for our own interests, but represent the interest in those we are called to serve.

We pray that we might have the same attitude that Christ had as he willingly and purposefully became a servant – literally laying down his life for the benefit of all mankind. Amen.

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