The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Thomas Peoples

First Baptist Church
Wisner, LA

Sponsor: Rep. Rodney Alexander, (R-LA)
Date of Prayer: 09/13/2005

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. ALEXANDER. Madam Speaker, today I rise to honor a true community pillar and a servant, Reverend Thomas Peoples . Reverend Peoples currently serves as pastor of the Wisner First Baptist Church in Louisiana where he has ministered to his congregation, town, and surrounding communities for over a decade.

Some of the words used to describe Reverend Peoples by the members of his church include ‘‘caring,'' ‘‘compassionate,'' ‘‘diligent,'' and ‘‘a man of God.''

One member of his church said he mirrors the scriptures found in Mark, the 10th chapter, 45th verse, which says: "For the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, that He might give His life as a ransom for many."

Reverend Peoples is also a devoted husband, as well as a father of three children. Like so many ministers, his wife and children shoulder the same burdens for the Wisner community.

Madam Speaker, it is truly an honor to recognize Reverend Peoples and his family who are visiting Washington this week.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Our Father,

We thank You for our nation and for each of the men and women elected to serve our nation in the House. We ask that You bless their families and staff. Father, give them wisdom and strength. Wisdom to do what is best for our nation and not just what is good. Strength to then stand firm for what is best.

Father, we thank You for our President and ask that You also bless Him with wisdom and strength. Continue to be with those who serve in our military and keep them and their families safe.

Now Father, we ask that You be with each person affected by the hurricane. May those who have lost family and friends know You are there to give them comfort and peace. Be with those who have lost their houses, their jobs, and that place which they called home. We thank You for those giving help and assistance. Please keep them safe and strong.

Lord, to overcome something of this magnitude seems impossible but we are thankful that with You nothing is impossible. We give You the glory and praise You in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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