The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend James Brinkerhoff

Auburn University
Auburn, AL

Sponsor: Rep. Rep. Robert Aderholt, (R-AL)
Date of Prayer: 05/05/2005

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. ADERHOLT. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize our guest chaplain, Mr. James Sanford Brinkerhoff . Jim has served selflessly as a campus minister on the Auburn University campus for 22 years, working with the Auburn Church of Christ and Auburn Christian Student Center.

Auburn University is the largest university in the State of Alabama and is therefore a crucial component of Alabama's educational system. Jim works very hard to ensure that, in addition to receiving outstanding education, Auburn students are exposed to the teachings of Jesus.

Through campus ministry, Jim has impacted the lives of many through counseling, teaching, service, and friendship. Students with whom he has worked now stretch across the globe with a common affection and respect for this man.

Jim is joined this morning by his wife, Mary, and their three children, Amy, Anna and Ben. I appreciate the prayer that Reverend Brinkerhoff offered this morning; and the gentleman from Alabama (Mr. Rogers), who represents the Third Congressional District, and I are honored to have him as our guest in the United States House of Representatives, especially on this day as we celebrate the National Day of Prayer.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Our Father in Heaven, surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket to you; they are regarded as dust on the scales; to whom, then, will we compare you? You are enthroned above all things, and, so, we acknowledge you and give you our praise and adoration.

Father, our nation is woven into the tapestry of your Will. You have empowered our nation; you have held us closely to your heart; you have been gentle with us in times of crisis. And, so, it is with joy and confidence that we approach you today.

Father, please protect President and Mrs. Bush, and continue to reward their hope in you. Please give strength to our men and women who are fighting oversees, and guard the hearts and minds of their families back home. Please empower the servants of this House, grant them times of renewal, and watch over their families. Father, remind us all that we are loved by you.

In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.

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