A Biochemical Liturgy


For in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible
and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or
authorities — all things were created through him and for him.
He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.1

Leader: Holy God, we gather here in your presence.

People: Creator of our cells and selves, we stand in awe at your works.

Leader: God, author of our inmost being, you set each DNA nucleotide in its place while we were yet unborn.

People: Our lives are written in the language of your love.

Leader: God, keeper of our chromosomes, you guard the replicating strands of our DNA against error.

People: You meet our needs before we know them.

Leader: God, shaper of our proteins, you tend their folding and mark the intricacies of their motion.

People: You keep us from all seen and unseen harm.

Leader: God, sustainer of our metabolism, you maintain the reactions in millions of mitochondria.

People: You preserve us in ways more wonderful than we yet understand.

Leader: Lord, though we rejoice in all you have made, we lament its brokenness.

People: This world is not as it should be.

Leader: We acknowledge the reality of cancers, diseases, mutations, and every other distortion of the biochemical order.

People: Lord, we long for you to make things right.

Leader: Still, in our bewilderment and grief, in our sickness and sadness and pain, we declare together:

People: You are good.

Leader: We believe in the resurrection of the body, the promise that our matter matters and nothing you have made will go to waste.

People: Lord, let it be so.

Leader: With expectant hearts, we look forward to the day when every molecule of your good creation will be restored to a glory beyond anything our intellects and imaginations can yet grasp.

People: Lord Jesus, come quickly. Amen.

Claire Buck ’22 is majoring in English and minoring in Political Science. She is from Rochester, NY

1  Col. 1:16-17

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