Plenary Session Prayer
May we pray:                                                                 
O God, creative, imaginative, fertile and prolific, ubiquitous in your care, accept we pray
these words which we place humbly before your divine mystery and majesty.

We give you thanks that you produced a singularity in the quantum foam of chaos and
brought this cosmic creation into existence.

We give you thanks for the activities of the blue green algae that produced the oxygen of
our planet’s atmosphere that enabled our ancestors to evolve, emerge from the seas, and
live on the dry land.

We give you thanks for the meteor you sent which struck our earth and opened a niche
for us to evolve over the eons as conscious and thinking beings as successors to the

We give you thanks for the gift of imagination of our scientists who design and construct
“Mirror Bees” to protect our world from future impacts of destructive asteroids.

We give you thanks for the gift of sex which by the reshuffling of genes enables our
progeny to evolve in new ways which fit them for living in the changing environments by
which you test us.

We give you thanks for telomeres that can be lengthened to give us longer life and
potentially rival the days of Methuselah.

Teach us by the guidance of your Holy Spirit to know our place in the order of things as
we learn with quantum computers to derive the mathematical and statistical modes by
which you create, not only the very small worlds of quarks and leptons but also the
enormous pattern of the galaxies at the edges of the universe that we soon will observe.

Keep us humble even as we are awed the Hubble images of the depths of space and the
creative cauldrons of distant galaxies bringing new stars and planets into existence.

Teach us how to speak to a world suffering economic depression, a world of rapid
change and the growth of new knowledge.

Now make your presence felt among us as we hear words of wisdom mingled with the
discoveries of science, and convictions of faith.

May all that we discuss and share bring honor and glory to your holy spirit; for we pray
all these things in the name of our brother Jesus, who came into the world teaching us
how to love.  Amen.

(1) “Mirror Bees” is an experiment by the Planetary Society to prevent a large asteroid from hitting the
earth. See The Planetary Report, Volume XXX Number 1, January/February 2010, www: http://planetary.
(2) Stem cell research together with research on cancer and aging has rebuilt the tips of chromosomes
(telomeres) that must be maintained to prevent cellular aging.
(3) Prayer originally written by Walt Shropshire, adapted by Maynard Moore.
Prayer offered July 31, 2010 at a Plenary Session
of the 65th Annual Meeting of the ASA
[Prayer originally written by Walt Shropshire for the February 24, 2010
Board Meeting of WesleyNexus:  Adapted for ASA by Maynard Moore.]