Prayer of Installation and Laying on of Hands

Reverend Virginia Simmons Ellis

Laying of HandsGreat Shepherd of the Sheep, you redeem the lost, teach the multitudes, call people of all walks of life to come and follow you.

Today we ask your blessing upon the chaplaincy of Doug McMahon and Libby Shannon. In baptism and through ordination you have called them, leading them to this moment as they follow you in this ministry as chaplains, serving the students, faculty, staff and community at Eckerd College.

We pray that through their leadership the Eckerd College community will grow in awareness of your purpose for the college and for all your people. May the work of these chaplains promote broader understandings of the world, deeper compassion for others, and fuller awareness of the rich diversity of your creation. May their ministry encourage the college as it pursues truth, justice, kindness, excellence and humility.

God of Life, we pray that in their work Libby and Doug will bear witness to the gospel in such a way that many will find their gifts affirmed, their fears and hurts relieved, their desire for learning encouraged.

Above all, may Jesus Christ be lifted up at Eckerd College, so that his cross will transform us and his resurrection bring about in us the hope that conquers despair, the life that surpasses death, the victory that brings us all home to You.

Pour out your Spirit now upon Libby and Doug. Set them apart for this ministry. Give them the extra measure of your grace that will benefit this fine college, its students and their families, the larger college community, and even the world. Above all, may our worship today, and the work and witness of Doug McMahon and Libby Shannon in the days to come, bring praise to you, through Christ Jesus our Lord.

Amen.