Invocation by The Rev. Dr. Paul M. Fullmer

Eternal God, we have so much to be grateful for this day:

--The founding of this College and its 147 years of service,
--The wisdom and leadership of 17 past presidents, 
--And, our situation at this point in time, with more than 1600 students served by a committed faculty, administration and staff.

Most of all, Lord, today we rejoice in your grace in calling Dr. Lewis Thayne to serve as the 18th president of Lebanon Valley College. We are here to ask that you bless him in his leadership. Grant him the wisdom, discernment, stamina, and patience required of this calling.

May you grant special grace to his wife and partner in life, Dorrie, as together they share the joys and responsibilities of becoming part of this community. We give thanks for her. We also thank you for his children, his parents, his extended family, past colleagues and friends, all who have helped to mold Dr. Thayne into the person and leader we know today.

We thank you that through this community, and by your grace, you have gifted him in many wonderful and unique ways to be the right person for this time and this task.

At this time, under this leadership, inspire each of us to recommit ourselves to our individual roles of service to this our College community. Inspire us all to new endeavors, new levels of excellence, new accomplishments.

Come, Lord. Bless this inauguration, our celebration here today. Amen.