"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world." Psalm 19:1-4:

As I write the the UK is in the middle of some glorious summer (I know you don't belive it, but its true!), and it seems almost sacrilege to be stuck inside buildings when there is so much beauty outside. So the other day we decided to take our services outdoors and invited a guest speaker to unpack God's word for us, one who is always present but who's voice is often forgotten; creation.

Now, our churchyard is blessed to be situated by a river, overlooking a meadow and facing the place where the sun sets. So we printed out a bunch of Bible passages relating to water, handed them out, and invited people to reflect on the passages whilst looking at the river. After about ten minutes we called people back together and asked them to share any thoughts that had come to them from the time of scriptural meditation. This led into some really encouraging conversation as people raised reflections, questions and insights from God's word which we probably wouldn't have been aware of inside a building.

Your church may not be situated in such an idyllic setting, but how hard would it be to take a congregation or small group to a park, a wood, a garden or some other beauty spot when the weather was fine? Take Bibles or print-outs of texts to root your reflections in scripture, and then let God's creation help you unpack what he has for you.

[We have subsequently added a PowerPoint so you could reflect on creation whilst indoors - see comments below.]