Pastor Bob Alderman, First Baptist Church P.O. Box 507, Rio Grande City, TX 78582 956-487-2438 Texas House of Representatives “Pastor of the Day” Tuesday May 5, 2009

Thank you, Representative Guillen, for your warm words of welcome and introduction. I feel so unworthy of being introduced by a man who I respect so highly and appreciate so very much. Your hard work for our community is so important to us and we are thankful that God has blessed us with a State representative with a true heart for serving South Texas. I am deeply moved and humbled by the opportunity to serve as your “Pastor of the Day” on this wonderful day that The Almighty has given us. On this day you will be faced with decisions that will affect the entire state of Texas for many years to come. The power each of you holds is an awesome responsibility and makes me glad that it is yours and not mine. I am reminded today that, although we tend to believe we are most powerful, the true Seat of power lies inside Heaven’s gates. I bring to you today the thanks and appreciation of my family, the Church Family of First Baptist Church of Rio Grande City, the Community of Rio Grande City, the County of Starr and the citizens of the Great State of Texas. Thank you for yielding so much of your life in service to us.

Let us pray: Dear Heavenly Father as we gather here in this solemn chamber today we stand before Your presence in the precious and powerful name of Your Son Jesus Christ. Lord, we pray for your grace and wisdom to be upon every member of the Texas House of Representatives. I pray that each of their decisions be guided by Your Spirit and centered in Your Holy Will for them and the State they serve. Father, I pray for their families today. I pray that You, in Your Divine Grace and Mercy, would protect their families, bless their children and build closer relationships with their spouses. May each family represented here today know your presence and experience the fullness of Your joy. Today, Texas faces many challenges. We are concerned about our finances, our future, our families and, of course, the flu virus that is impacting our country. Never before has the prayer, “Give us this day our daily bread” been uttered with such fervency and importance. We call on You, O Lord, to be our protection and our provision. Build the economy of this wonderful state and provide both employment and opportunity to our fellow Texans. Build strong, healthy families who live in freedom and not fear. Lord, bless the men and women who serve You by serving in the Texas House of Representatives. Bless the staff that works so diligently and everyone who serves day by day in their roles to support the mission of this body of government. O God, we ask for your divine protection upon the sons and daughters of not only Texas, but from all across our great country, who have volunteered to serve in the armed forces of these United States. We pray for the success of their missions and their safe return to their homes and families. Hold them safe in your hands and be their strong shield. Lord, today we also pray for the Texas Senate as they conduct their business and for our Governor, Rick Perry and his family. We thank you for them and their service. Today Father I pray that you would wrap Your arms around the Texas House of Representatives and draw them in close to You. May they know Your presence, seek Your Will and find Your peace. We ask all of these things in Jesus Name. Amen.