Prayers for Corporate Leadership

September 24, 2014

Prayer for Economic Club Luncheon with BASF CEO Hans Engel

O God: In a world beset by war and rumors of war events larger than us all command our attention and concern. Confronted by so much that is uncertain we are grateful for what is definite: You have blessed our nation with incredible resources to sustain our independence and better assure our security. Help us now to use all these resources thoughtfully and well with deep respect for the environment in which they are found so that when these days are done and we meet you face to face you will judge us faithful and prudent stewards of your creation. Amen.

September 8, 2014

Prayer for Economic Club Luncheon with Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam

“O God, At Babel’s Tower in storied days you scattered us with many languages that we might be humbled. Now in a world transformed by technology and the speed and ease of digital communications borders and languages are being transcended moment to moment. We dream dreams of near-infinite human prospects. Amid the marvels of all that is possible, keep us mindful of how human conceit and overarching pride can scuttle our best hopes and waylay even the finest plans. Across hemispheres north and south, east and west, help us to use the resources at our very fingertips to foster a future where your just and peaceful purposes for all peoples and nations are upheld, honored, and fulfilled. Amen.”

November 7, 2011

Invocation delivered by the Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas for a Legislature Forum hosted by the south Wayne County Regional Chamber of Commerce with an Address by Michael A. Finney, President and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)

O God, we gather today at the start of this legislative forum pausing in prayer before you. In a world of confused and uncertain values, show us again what is honorable, just, and true. And in a time when so many would serve themselves first, help us to lead and to serve in a spirit of humility without guile or selfish purpose. Above all, grant us a creative and compassionate vision of what should be, so that by our efforts and your abiding grace, the people of our state and this region may know a better future, blessed with fairness, prosperity, and peace.

October 19, 2010

An Invocation delivered by the Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas for an address by John Wellinghof, Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, at the Economic Club of Detroit

O God: In a time rife with challenges that could determine the fate of the earth, help us to be more insightful, creative, and caring, day-to-day. Grant us the foresight and will to conserve the splendor of nature which you entrust to us, even as we tap its resources to advance human well-being everywhere. Inspire us, as you alone can do, in fresh feats of ingenuity and innovation so that we might discern better ways of living which renew, rather than diminish, and sustain, rather than lay to waste, all the blessings and bounty you so graciously bestow. Amen.

March 14, 1994

An invocation delivered by the Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas for an address by Paul A. Volcker, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, and President of James D. Wolfensohn Incorporated, at the Economic Club of Detroit

O God, creator: With Adam's fall, you cast us into the world. Gone were the leisure and dreaming innocence of Eden. Harsh seemed the new reality to be borne. "With sweat in your brow you shall eat your bread," you decreed, setting us to work. And we counted this work as a curse. Yet even in your anger, God, you are gracious. With the wisdom that you implanted in our hearts we have come to know the work we cursed as a blessing-a source of human dignity and purpose; the means by which you call us to create and fulfill ourselves as beings made in your image. For the work of our hands and minds, dear God, we thus thank you. Praised be your name. But we are aware that not all share the blessings which creative work brings. Help us, O God, to build a more just and loving world in which meaningful work and the bounty that flows from it shall not be a privilege for the few but a genuine opportunity for the many. Amen.

February 3, 1997

An invocation delivered by the Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas at the Economic Club of Detroit

"You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free." -John 8:13

O God: At a time when truth is too often scaffolded and wrong too frequently enthroned, we come to you, seeking help. Against the deceits of our day that impoverish our common life and breed distrust, grant us the means to discern what is just and right and true. More important still, O God, empower us not only to know the truth but to love it and to willingly and gladly live in accordance with it-a people honest, faithful, and free. Amen.

October 13, 1998

An invocation delivered by the Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Drutchas for an address by Richard Hazelton, CEO, Dow Corning Corporation, at the Economic Club of Detroit

"My friends, fill your minds with those things that are good and deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable. Put into practice what you have learned and received from me, both from my words and from my actions. And the God who gives you peace will be with you." - Philippians 4:8-9

Most gracious God: As pundits speculate whether we aren't all headed for a fall at the millennium's edge, give us the larger wisdom to see beyond the ephemeral and the fleeing. Help us to appreciate that life, as you grant it to us, is not strictly a matter of fate, inexorable and predetermined, but shaped in no small part by the choices we make, good or bad. Empower us, dear God, in these critical times to make choices for the good-choices that are intelligent, honest, and generous. Keep us mindful that we are always accountable to you and called to serve your purposes through deeds of life and justice. Amen.

September 14, 1999

An invocation delivered by the Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas for an address by Timothy F. Price, President and CEO, MCI Communications, at the Economic Club of Detroit

O God, almighty and gracious: Long ago at Babel on Shinar's plain you confused the languages of your peoples and scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth as a judgment against their presumptuousness and arrogant ambition. Today, as we build new towers and launch satellites into the heavens to unit the world in instant communication, do not judge us harshly! Instead, grant us the humility and wisdom to use the marvelous resources of our times to serve your purposes of peace, justice, and mercy. Instill in us an awareness of the common good for a global age. Help us, dear God, to grasp one simple, unchanging fact, namely this: the will to communicate without a commitment to the well-being of the total community leads only to idle chatter, banter, and babble.


November 22, 1999

Invocation delivered by the Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas for an address by Richard M. Kovacevich, President & CEO, Wells Fargo & Company, at the Economic Club of Detroit

O God: In graciousness lead us along your paths of truth. Make us a people eager to do justice in all things. Guide us in a concern fro the common good that the meditations of our hearts and the work of our hands may bring about a sane, compassionate society that is faithful to your purposes for us. Amen.

February 7, 2000

An invocation delivered by the Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas for an address by James H. Keyes, Chairman of the National Association of Manufacturers and CEO, Johnson Control, Inc., at the Economic Club of Detroit

O God: In the midst of a world of ever-expanding human horizons, we marvel at the possibilities of what is in store for us. The future looks so unbounded and bright: we have learned to wield the tools of technology with an agility and grace beyond the ken of generations who have gone before us. Yet, as far as we reach and as high as we soar, we-in franker and more honest moments-know that we remain a people more disposed to serve ourselves and other with all our dreams and designs. O God: In all that lies ahead, make us more mindful of those whom our ambitions might cause us to leave behind. Awaken our hearts and consciences anew to our responsibility to be a people of love and justice, committed to the common good. Instill in us a more generous vision of what our life together should be so that abundance for some no longer means scarcity and impoverishment for others. Amen.

January 29, 2001

An invocation delivered by the Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas for an address by Arthur M. Blank, Co-Chairman, Home Depot Corporation, at the Economic Club of Detroit

O God, as we gather this day we do so as a people of good fortune-each blessed with a hearth and home to sustain us in our living. Yet in our considerable comfort and security we would be naïve and short-sighted not to realize that there are many who lack what we can almost take for granted. O gracious God: Keep us mindful of the want and need still to be found in our time of apparent plenty and abundance. In the days ahead, help us to create a nation and world where the decent shelter of a home is not an elusive hope or empty dream for anyone. Amen.

February 5, 2001

An invocation delivered by the Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas for an address by Dr. Arthur T. Porter, President & CEO, Detroit Medical Center, at the Economic Club of Detroit

O gracious God: By means of the Prophet Ezekiel you long ago spoke your word unto us, promising to see that which was lost; to bring again that which was driven away; to bind up all that was broken; to strengthen that which was sick. You also called humankind to be your partner in the cause of justice and righteousness on earth. O God, amid all that remains amiss on our circling globe today, renew you promise and send your holy spirit upon us still. In the face of deprivation and disease, as well as prejudice and discord, awaken our consciences to our responsibility to be your servant people. Widen our vision that we may see not merely our own interests but also the needs of others. Grant us the spiritual stamina to prevail over timidity, cynicism, and any selfish doubts so that with courage and compassion we may in our own day and time affirm and uphold the common good. Amen.