The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Jesse Bernard Bilberry, Jr.

Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church
Baton Rouge, LA

Sponsor: Rep. Cedric Richmond, (D-LA)
Date of Prayer: 04/10/2019

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. RICHMOND. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Reverend Jesse
Bernard Bilberry, Jr.'s lifetime of service.

Reverend Bilberry has dedicated nearly four decades of pastoral
service and educational leadership throughout the State of Louisiana. I am proud to have Reverend Bilberry as my constituent. He just recently retired from the historic Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church in Scotlandville, Louisiana, and was named pastor emeritus.

Reverend Bilberry began his career in service as an officer in the United States Army, and we owe him a deep seed of gratitude for his service to our country.

After an honorable discharge from the Army, Reverend Bilberry spent
several years as an administrator at Southern University, ending his tenure there as director of admissions.

Reverend Bilberry has distinguished himself as a well–respected
community and religious leader both at home and abroad. From leading
missionaries in the West Indies to leading several service–oriented
organizations and his church, Reverend Bilberry has led a life of compassion and courage that has resonated with the people of Baton
Rouge and throughout the State of Louisiana.

I thank Reverend Bilberry for his tireless contributions serving his community throughout his career in ministry and education.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Almighty God, we come before You with hearts full of gratitude for giving us another day.

Your loving kindness, grace, and mercy have blessed us with all good and perfect gifts, which we know come from You, and with grateful hearts we say thank You.

You have promised to supply all of our needs according to Your riches in glory, and with this in mind, we thank You for the opportunity to serve the people of this great country.

Help us to be truly concerned about others. Locked together, we can withstand the storms of life. How true of us. We need the help of others.

We pray, especially, for the Members of the House. Please endow them with the wisdom they need as they work individually and collectively to accomplish the agendas set before them. And this country will be wiser, stronger, and better because they have tabernacled here today. Amen.

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