Our New Blog Series: Science-Engaged Worship
At ECLAS we talk a lot about science-engaged theology. But how do we engage with science in our worship? Scientific language and ideas pervade our daily lives, so it makes sense to engage them in our services as well.
We see science as a gift from God, one that can illuminate truths about Creation. Good science – meaning that which seeks to benefit the world – enriches Christian faith and helps us fulfil our God-given potential. For good and ill science shapes our culture, through language and concepts and rapidly-changing technology. By engaging with science, we engage with all the people whose lives are shaped by it, from scientists and engineers to the general public.
“One of my assumptions had been that faith was the opposite of reason and hence that there could be no evidence to undergird it – it was merely a blind leap in the absence of evidence.
It surprised me when I found the definition of faith in Hebrews 11:1: “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” It was astounding for me to realise that word “evidence” was in the very definition of faith in the Bible.” Francis Collins, Biologos
Our new blog series provides practical advice for preachers and worship leaders seeking to engage with science in their ministry. It builds on a basic insight – that science can be a gift from God – providing both examples and advice for sharing that gift. Sometimes it seems as though both theology and science are confined to academia and dense books and journal articles. By engaging with them in sermons, songs, and liturgies, we make them more accessible, relevant, and easy to discuss.
Experienced preachers, liturgists, and musicians will share their thoughts on science-engaged worship. We hope this will provide a handy reference guide on how to introduce science into services.
We’re kicking off with a post on nature and science in hymns. Music affects us in a special way, and well-chosen music can bring all the other elements of a service together. For now, I hope you will join me in a prayer for those who study creation, composed for the Society of Ordained Scientists.
Almighty God, Creator and Redeemer of all that is, source and foundation of time and space, matter and energy, life and consciousness: Grant us to us and to all who study the mysteries of your creation, grace to be true witnesses to your glory and faithful stewards of your gifts; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.