The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Doctor Ruffin Snow

Tri-City Baptist Church
Conover, NC

Sponsor: Rep. Patrick McHenry, (R-NC)
Date of Prayer: 06/28/2005

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. McHENRY. Mr. Speaker, I would like to recognize a great American from my district who is here this morning. Dr. Ruffin Snow , who is the pastor of Tri–City Baptist Church in Conover, North Carolina, gave the morning prayer here on the House floor this morning.

Dr. Snow is one of the strongest men of faith that I have come to know in western North Carolina. For 7 years he has headed the Tri–City Baptist Church and has worked in ministry since 1963. He has both a Master's of Divinity and a Doctorate of Ministry. I have been to Pastor Snow's church. It truly embodies what he strives for his flock to be, and that is an Acts 1:8 church, telling people about Jesus in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the uttermost parts of the world, essentially taking the message of Jesus to the world, not just to the community, but to the whole world.

As part of that tradition, he is here today sharing his words with the Speaker and the Members of Congress.

Over 3,000 people come to worship every week at Tri–City Baptist, and the Holy Spirit is doing wonders there in that body of believers. I thank Pastor Snow and his family for being here today to be a part of this and for serving as our guest chaplain.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Heavenly Father, we bow humbly before You, for you’ve told us in Your Word that You "resist the proud and give grace to the humble." Without You we can do nothing of good consequence. We embrace our place in history and our responsibility. With the psalmist we recognize that promotion comes from God, "He puts down one and sets up another."

We thank You, Lord, for this nation. We beg forgiveness for our sins. May we become the nation You intend.

We pray for all those in authority including the members of this Congress, their staffs, and families in their pressurized lives. Please give our troops and their families strength, protection, and encouragement. Bring confusion to the forces of evil and terrorism.

Lord, we love You! You are the way, the truth, and the life. Help us lead others to know You and Your peace.


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