Pierre Teilhard de Chardin: Scientist and Military Chaplain, 1955

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
The Collect: 

Rite I:
Eternal God, the whole cosmos sings of thy glory, from the dividing of a single cell to the vast expanse of interstellar space: We offer thanks for thy theologian and scientist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, who didst perceive the divine in the evolving creation. Enable us to become faithful stewards of thy divine works and heirs of thy everlasting kingdom; through Jesus Christ, the firstborn of all creation, who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Rite II:
Eternal God, the whole cosmos sings of your glory, from the dividing of a single cell to the vast expanse of interstellar space: We bless you for your theologian and scientist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, who perceived the divine in the evolving creation. Enable us to become faithful stewards of your divine works and heirs of your eternal kingdom; through Jesus Christ, the firstborn of all creation, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Old Testament: 
Isaiah 55:6-11

6 Seek the Lord while he may be found,
   call upon him while he is near;
7 let the wicked forsake their way,
   and the unrighteous their thoughts;
let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them,
   and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
   nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
   so are my ways higher than your ways
   and my thoughts than your thoughts.

10 For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
   and do not return there until they have watered the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
   giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
   it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
   and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

Psalm: 
Psalm 65

1 You are to be praised, O God, in Zion; *
       to you shall vows be performed in Jerusalem.
2 To you that hear prayer shall all flesh come, *
       because of their transgressions.
3 Our sins are stronger than we are, *
       but you will blot them out.
4 Happy are they whom you choose
  and draw to your courts to dwell there! *
       they will be satisfied by the beauty of your house,
       by the holiness of your temple.
5 Awesome things will you show us in your righteousness,
  O God of our salvation, *
       O Hope of all the ends of the earth
       and of the seas that are far away.
6 You make fast the mountains by your power; *
       they are girded about with might.
7 You still the roaring of the seas, *
       the roaring of their waves,
       and the clamor of the peoples.
8 Those who dwell at the ends of the earth will tremble at your marvelous signs; *
       you make the dawn and the dusk to sing for joy.
9 You visit the earth and water it abundantly;
  you make it very plenteous; *
       the river of God is full of water.
10 You prepare the grain, *
       for so you provide for the earth.
11 You drench the furrows and smooth out the ridges; *
       with heavy rain you soften the ground and bless its increase.
12 You crown the year with your goodness, *
       and your paths overflow with plenty.
13 May the fields of the wilderness be rich for grazing, *
       and the hills be clothed with joy.
14 May the meadows cover themselves with flocks,
   and the valleys cloak themselves with grain; *
       let them shout for joy and sing.

Epistle: 
Revelation 21:1-6

1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
‘See, the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them;
they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them;
4 he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away.’

And the one who was seated on the throne said, ‘See, I am making all things new.’ Also he said, ‘Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.’ 6Then he said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.

Gospel: 
John 3:31-35

31 The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly things. The one who comes from heaven is above all. 32He testifies to what he has seen and heard, yet no one accepts his testimony. 33Whoever has accepted his testimony has certified this, that God is true. 34He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. 35The Father loves the Son and has placed all things in his hands.

The Old Testament, New Testament and Gospels readings are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicized Edition, copyright 1989, 1995, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

The Collects, Psalms and Canticles are from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979.