Today, we look at a Day 1 text from this year’s summer curriculum, “Holy Trinity, Wholly Love.”
Reading: Psalm 104: 1-24
Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, you are very great. You are clothed with honor and majesty, wrapped in light as with a garment. You stretch out the heavens like a tent,
you set the beams of your chambers on the waters, you make the clouds your chariot, you ride on the wings of the wind, you make the winds your messengers, fire and flame your ministers.
You set the earth on its foundations, so that it shall never be shaken.
You cover it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains.
At your rebuke they flee; at the sound of your thunder, they take to flight.
They rose up to the mountains, ran down to the valleys to the place that you appointed for them.
You set a boundary that they may not pass, so that they might not again cover the earth.
You make springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills, giving drink to every wild animal; the wild asses quench their thirst.
By the streams the birds of the air have their habitation; they sing among the branches.
From your lofty abode you water the mountains; the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.
You cause the grass to grow for the cattle, and plants for people to use, to bring forth food from the earth, and wine to gladden the human heart, oil to make the face shine, and bread to strengthen the human heart.
The trees of the Lord are watered abundantly, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
In them the birds build their nests; the stork has its home in the fir trees.
The high mountains are for the wild goats; the rocks are a refuge for the coneys.
You have made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows its time for setting.
You make darkness, and it is night, when all the animals of the forest come creeping out.
The young lions roar for their prey, seeking their food from God.
When the sun rises, they withdraw and lie down in their dens.
People go out to their work and to their labor until the evening.
O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
God created and still creates the world for all creatures. Psalm 104:1-24 describes God’s work as the creator of our world. How might we use all our senses to learn more about who God is and experience God’s presence? Explore ways to experience God. Try the ideas that fit your family the best.
Candle Talk: Light a candle and share stories about your experiences of God in creation. Think about times when you were filled with love, awe, or gratitude—that’s where God is!
Activity: Stand outside in one place and use all of your senses to experience the world God made. What do you see? Hear? Feel? Smell? Taste? Talk about your experiences and offer a prayer of thanks for our beautiful world.
Connect: Think about places you go with family and friends. How have you experienced God in those places? Where is the most sacred place for you?
Around the World: Talk about what is happening because of climate change. How might your family protect God’s creation where you live?
–Arlene Flancher, from LOM Curriculum “Holy Trinity Wholly Love”