Worship en plein air…


For various reasons one Sunday morning — having nothing to do with the wonderful congregation and leadership — we didn’t attend church in the chapel.

We opted instead to worship God in the glory of His creation that drizzly, gray day. Outside, in plain air.

So we drove a short distance to where our world meets the majestic Hudson River.

And there He met us.

We listened to the river flowing both ways, the river traced by His finger.

Random raindrops kissed our faces in holy greeting.

And a cloud lingered on the hillside in no hurry to leave.


“These words the Lord spoke to all your assembly at the mountain from the midst of the fire, of the cloud and of the thick gloom, with a great voice, and He added no more. He wrote them on two tablets of stone and gave them to me. And when you heard the voice from the midst of the darkness, while the mountain was burning with fire, you came near to me, all the heads of your tribes and your elders. You said, ‘Behold, the Lord our God has shown us His glory and His greatness, and we have heard His voice from the midst of the fire; we have seen today that God speaks with man, yet he lives.
Deuteronomy 5:22-24


Bells tolled across the river, calling us to worship. And we did, right there in His cathedral of creation.

For God is not in a building or a corporate box, but in the hearts of all who follow Him wherever they may roam.


And the priest of our home read the ancient words.


While a chorus of one quaked her praise to the Holy One.


And we stilled in the moment as a feathered friend sought his breakfast.

Giving thanks for all of this — the preciousness of the moment.

Each other.

And for God who loves us more than He does the sparrows, and who always meets our needs.

We saw Him above in the clouds, below in the gently ripply wave, and everywhere all around us and it made our hearts glad.

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.
Romans 1:20

And how glad He would be if everyone said AMEN…


Linking with:

Michelle, Hear it on Sunday, Use it on Monday


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8 thoughts on “Worship en plein air…

  1. Hi Sheila!

    Thank you so much for your encouraging comment to me on my blog. That was worth the reason to write it.

    Your post today is so calming. i could just hear the bells tolling across the river. Beautiful! God sure does meet us where we are, and he gifted you with his nature and music.

    So wonderful to meet you today! I hope we will see each other again, and become good blog-friends.

  2. God is so awesome! He longs for a personal relationship. He goes out of His way to show us His glory…it’s all around.
    I posted today about how my dog is helping me understand God’s grace. Romans 1:20

  3. Dear Sheila
    It brings me so much joy to see how happy you and your husband are! It is a beauty to behold. Thanks for sharing him a teeny bit with us. Yes, our God cannot be contained for He is the eternal One!
    Hugs XX

    • It makes me and my Michael happy, too!! At long last and after much darkness where great and gut wrenching lessons were learned, Mia. Michael always tells me that I am God’s sweetest mercy to Him. God is GOOD and yes, GOD IS BIG!! Thanks for sharing, Mia!