“O LORD my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty. He wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the heavens like a tent and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters.” -Psalm 104: 1-2
“You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” -Isaiah 55:12
Dorothy Boorse wrote recently that verses like this “enforce our sense that nature is both temple and choir, testifying to the glory of the Maker.”
What a great way to put it. God not only created all that exists in the natural world, but even more amazingly, he then chose to enter into it in a tangible way, and to enter into relationship with us, his image-bearers. So it is in this temple of his creation that we meet him, and it is along with the rest of his creation in this temple, that we lift our songs of praise to him.
Today we have an opportunity to offer praise through a special time of worship held at Willow Creek Church called the Creation Liturgy. I came across this powerful video a little while ago and am excited to be able to pass it along to you today. With the intertwining of songs, hymns, prayers, readings, and striking images, Aaron Niequist and his team lead us into a thoughtful celebration of the abundant love and creativity of our God.
The entire video is about 26 minutes long, (and well worth the time) but if you need to catch it in shorter clips, I suggest:
- 4:00 to 9:14 — “Lord of all to Thee we raise, This our hymn of grateful praise”
- 21:30 to 26:35 — “This is my Father’s world”
Special thanks to Aaron for his willingness to share this video with BioLogos. You can find a transcript and more details about his Creation Liturgy here.