Graduate students in the sciences were challenged to translate their research into a prayer of confession—to communicate how the work they’re doing in creation is addressing the brokenness we see around. And we invite you to join in.
A prayer of confession from the Au Sable Graduate Fellows
Questions & Activities
- How does this prayer resonate with you?
- During Lent we seek to remember our own mortality. In prayer, alone and in community, we follow Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem and the events that unfold there. Yet, we are also called to remember, that Christ came, ultimately, to bring life and communion. Jesus’ path entailed his death but it did not end there, instead bringing about communion and new life. As we near the end of winter, think about creation’s cycle through death to life. Additionally, think about how various parts of creation commune together to create new life? How can we seek to be bearers of life and communion?
- Write your own prayer of confession around the theme of ushering in life and communion. It may look something like this: O God, who created the world in love and works to sustain it through grace, we bring our lament for [how do you lament your own failure to commune with the world around you]. We confess [what are some ways we are culpable for death and alienation?]. O Lord, we long for a world [what is your hope for change?]. May the work we do and the lives we live bring that day closer. Amen.