William E. Gardner
We are grateful for all those who have devoted their lives to the ministry in our liberal religious faith. Their spirits come down over the years to bless this service and this minister whom we ordain today. We are grateful, too, for the thoughts and prayers of her living colleagues who will give strength and support to her life and her ministry.
Spirit of life and love, enter we pray into our hearts and lives and particularly into the life of N. as she accepts the responsibilities and obligations of ministry. May she find fulfillment of purpose as she gives of herself and her talents to the task of making this world a better place for all. May she be imbued with a spirit of compassion for those in need; a spirit of wisdom as she deals with the problems that beset her parishioners; a courageous spirit of humility as she recognizes her limitations; and above all, the spirit of love as she ministers to all sorts and conditions of people.
May this hour of dedication be but the beginning of a fruitful ministry that will bring to her, and to those closest to her, the great and abiding satisfactions that come to those who give generously of themselves in the service of others. Amen.
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