Posted by: dacalu | 28 June 2014

Prayers for Ordained Scientists

This past week, I joined many friends for the annual retreat of the Society of Ordained Scientists.  I was asked to lead the prayers of the people for our closing Eucharist, incorporating some of the themes we covered in our meditations. Here is the result.

Dear Emmanuel,

In you we see the height of the heavens and the depth of the seas,

fullness and breadth, living and breathing with us.

Hear us, O Lord. Lord graciously hear us.

 

We pray for the Church Universal,

eternally triumphant and yet presently struggling;

May we find ways to be your body in the world,

to be good to one another, and to bear the fruits of the Spirit.

We pray especially for the Society of Ordained Scientists,

for our sisters and brothers, present and absent,

for David our visitor and Keith our warden.

Hear us, O Lord. Lord graciously hear us.

 

We pray for your Creation,

the spacious firmament, stars and quarks in their courses,

planets and atoms, plants and animals, protists and bacteria,

and every living thing;

Give us due respect for your will in them and in us

that we might use our particularity to serve the whole.

We pray especially for wisdom and grace in our use of science and technology;

Give us justice, prudence, temperance, and fortitude

for the use of the powers you have granted.

Hear us, O Lord. Lord graciously hear us.

 

We pray for the human condition,

for sinew and synapse, sensation and spirit,

always both part and whole;

May we see ourselves and one another as heirs

and true images of your perfection;

When we have choice, may we choose wisely;

When we suffer, may we feel your presence;

When we see suffering, may we act.

We pray for all who live with bodies

subject to corruption and competition, disease and infirmity.

Hear us, O Lord. Lord graciously hear us.

 

We pray for the pursuit of truth in all its forms;

That we might use our intellect and intuition, conscience and consciousness,

to enter more fully into the world which you have made;

Give us faith, hope, and love to study and share the wonders of your handiwork.

We pray for all who seek and for all who find

and for the lost;

We pray especially for our parishes and schools and all communities of learning

and for those who are alone.

Hear us, O Lord. Lord graciously hear us.

 

We pray for all who have gone before us on the path,

trusting their step into the darkness will reveal a greater light;

Help us to learn from their learning,

to find strength in their strength,

and to follow in their footsteps.

Hear us, O Lord. Lord graciously hear us.

 

And for all those things,

which in our blindness we cannot or in our fear we dare not ask;

Make us ever more willing to pray, to ask, and to receive;

In Jesus name we pray.

Amen.

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