Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Worship in the Outdoors

I've been in a number of beautiful churches, with stained glass windows, Comfortable cushions on the pews, elegant lighting, and a wonderful sound system. Our family was dressed up in our sunday best, ready to sit and listen.

But the most beautiful church I've ever had the opportunity to attend had none of those things. In fact, we didn't even show up in our sunday best. I'm pretty sure most of us still had yesterday's clothes on, and smelled of campfire smoke.

At Camp John J. Barnhardt, as you head toward the Outdoor Chapel, you come to the top of a hill. From the top of that hill, you look down on a beautiful forest, with a lake in the background. If you luck out on the weather, you might see rays of sunshine peeking out from behind a cloud as you find a seat.  It's a beautiful place to spend part of a Sunday morning, before breaking camp and heading back into civilization.
I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in. ~George Washington Carver
What is your favorite place for an Outdoor worship service?

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