O God, you are the fountain of all truth we ask you to protect your church from all false teaching.

Protect the Church

From all teaching and preaching which would destroy men’s faith;

From all that removed the old foundations without putting anything in their place;

From all that confuses the simple, that perplexes the seeker, that bewilders the way-faring man.

And yet at the same time protect the Church

From the failure to face new truth;

From devotion to words and ideas which the passing years has rendered unintelligible;

From all intellectual cowardice and from all mental lethargy and sloth.

O God, send to your Church teachers,

Whose minds are wise with wisdom;

Whose hearts are warm with love;

Whose lips are eloquent with truth.

Send to your Church teachers

Whose desire is to build and not to destroy;

Who are adventurous with the wise, and yet gentle with the simple

Who strenuously exercise the intellect, and who yet remembers that the heart has reason of its own.

Give to your Church preachers and teachers who can male known the Lord Christ to others because they know him themselves; and give to your Church hearers, who, being freed from prejudice, will follow truth as blind men long for light.  This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

From Prayers for the Christian Year by William Barclay