Finding God, self, and community in wild spaces. The better we know our wild neighbors the more we'll discover ourselves.
A vision informed by Henry David Thoreau’s interpretation of sauntering, Jesus’ understanding of neighbor, Aldo Leopold’s concept of thinking like a mountain, Rachel Carson’s prophetic voice and John Muir’s way of capturing the beauty and uniqueness of wild neighbors with words.

Order of Worship for the Great Outdoors

Reading of Psalm 148-

Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens! Praise him from the skies! Praise him, all his angels! Praise him, all the armies of heaven! Praise him, sun and moon! Praise him, all you twinkling stars! Praise him, skies above! Praise him, vapors high above the clouds!

Let every created thing give praise to the Lord, for he issued his command, and they came into being. He set them in place forever and ever. His decree will never be revoked.

Praise the Lord from the earth, you creatures of the ocean depths, fire and hail, snow and clouds, wind and weather that obey him, mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all livestock, small scurrying animals and birds, kings of the earth and all people, rulers and judges of the earth, young men and young women, old men and children.

Let them all praise the name of the Lord. For his name is very great; his glory towers over the earth and heaven!

He has made his people strong, honoring his faithful ones—the people of Israel who are close to him.

Praise the Lord!



Moment for centering

All that has life in its great diversity praises God, each by being it's authentic self; each by being what it's been made to be and by doing what it's been made to do; birds by flying, fish by swimming, and trees by reaching towards the sunlight with outstretched branches. Let us pause for a moment of silent meditation, welcoming an awareness of the great symphony of unending praise that is happening all around us; and let us open our hearts to the Spirit of God so ours may be brought in tune with all of nature's praise, and so our hearts may beat in tune with God's own heart...Lead us, creative and loving Spirit of God, in this moment...

Sing or pray- Praise God from whom all blessings flow, praise God all creatures here below, praise God above ye heavenly host, praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Confession of our failures to love and affirmation of forgiveness-


Jesus tells us that the most important thing is to love God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, and all our strength; and that to love our neighbor as ourselves is equally important.

God who created all things invites into this sacred moment all who love, who turn of their failures to love and seek to live in peace with one another. Let us take a moment of silent meditation as we call to mind our failures to love, and praying that we might be empowered to love more fully...


(Moment of silent reflection upon our failures to love (sins)



Hear the good news: God desires that nothing should stand in the way of our love for God and for our neighbors. In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven! Glory to God, amen!

Sing or pray- (all) More like you, Jesus, more like you, fill my heart with your desires and make me more like you.

Prayers of thankfulness (may open for all to pray or leader prays for all)


Prayers of hope and healing (may open for all to pray or leader prays for all)

The Lord's Prayer- (all) Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy, may your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us of our failures to love as we forgive those who have not loved us. Do not lead us into temptation and deliver us from evil. Yours is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen. 

Lesson from scripture/conversation (to be selected by leader)

Sending- (leader) All are known, loved, and empowered by God for the mission to which God calls us. Therefore, let us go forth to love and to live as a sanctuary for all that has life, in Jesus' name.

Sing or pray- (all)  Lord prepare me, to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true, with thanksgiving, I'll be a living, sanctuary for you.

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    1. Solution Chapel International, I'm glad you found this post helpful. You are certainly welcome to use and customize it to fit your setting if you'd like. I'd be interested to hear about your experiences of worship in the outdoors if you'd like to share. Peace, Rich

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