The Cathedral Of The Creator

Why should the natural world feature prominently in our worship expressions and experiences?

Any theology, be it sung, preached, or written, that doesn’t profoundly integrate the natural world around us, creates a very small story of worship. A small story of worship creates a small story of living in the worshiping community.

God didn’t create a building for His cathedral. He gave us the gifts of the stars, the planets, the suns, the skies, the mountains, the valleys, the rivers, the streams, the fields, the snowfields, and the forests – all for us to worship within.

Yes, we need buildings, but in many places worship has become as small as the structure that houses it. That’s a major theological and discipleship problem in our time.

With over one billion trillion stars in the heavens (star factories are always making more), myriad plants, trees, seeds, and berries, and animals of every shape and size and color and foot and fin and whisker – you’d think we could do more than add the word “millions” to another worship song.

Worship leaders and liturgists have creation’s palette from which to draw; let’s get beyond the primary colors.



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Sheltering Mercy and Endless Grace help us rediscover the rich treasures of the Psalms—through free-verse prayer renderings of their poems and hymns—as a guide to personal devotion and meditation. Sheltering Mercy helps the reader pray Psalms 1-75; Endless Grace leads in prayer through Psalms 76-150.

The church has always used the Psalms as part of its prayer life, and they have inspired countless other prayers. Each book contains 75 prayers drawn from the Book of Psalms, providing lyrical sketches of what authors Ryan Smith and Dan Wilt have seen, heard, and felt while sojourning there. Each prayer is a response to the Psalms written in harmony with Scripture. These prayers help us quiet our hearts before God and welcome us into a safe place amid the storms of life.

These artful, poetic, and classic devotional books are a perfect gift, and feature compelling stunning illustrations and hardcover binding, offering a fresh way to reflect on and pray the Psalms. Co-written with Ryan Whitaker Smith, Brazos Publishing.

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