Renton Wild Church | Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. | Cedar River Trail Park
Welcome to Renton Wild Church!
Renton Wild Church provides an opportunity to connect with the sacred outdoors. The shores of the Cedar River and Lake Washington will give us space to reflect and connect to the source of life that flows to us all. The grounds of the Cedar River Trail Park will be our sanctuary, so come prepared to connect with our non-human neighbors the trees, rocks, birds, & budding greens. Most of our time together will be spent wandering except for our short gatherings at the beginning and end when we share in prayer, poem, story & reflection.
However you connect with God or the sacred, this gathering is for you!
What to bring:
- Invite a friend who would enjoy this unique way of connecting with God and others.
- Anything to be comfortable – a light jacket, water, a blanket.
- A mask to wear as we gather at the beginning and end of our service.
Gather at 7:00 p.m. at the north end of the park near the Renton Rowing Center.
See our Worship plan.
Learn more about Renton Wild Church.
Email with any questions: RentonWildChurch (at) gmail.com
Renton Wild Church is an extension of Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Renton, Wa. This outdoor worship service goes beyond simply being outside for worship, but an acknowledgment that our faith can grow as we connect with the other living beings that God has created.
In order to reconnect with the beautiful, diverse creation around us, our service will include a dedicated time for meditation and reflection.
As a community forms over the summer, they will be the ones to determine how it will continue and be shaped into the future – what the name will become, how often to meet, where to meet. All are welcome to share a story or to lead the service for one of our gatherings.
This summer we will use a simple format outlined in the book: Celtic Treasure by J. Philip Newell. Each week someone in the community will select which reading we will be using.
The key components for a "Wild Church" are:
- In the Christ tradition
- In Community
- Acknowledging that all creation praises God. What can we learn from the other earth beings around us?
"the mountain and the hills before you
shall burst into song,
and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands." Isaiah 55:3
The concepts of Wild Church resonate with Celtic worship, sacred stories of Native American peoples and practices in Japan of Forest Bathing. They all acknowledge the importance of being grounded in the world we live in.
Jewell Praying Wolf James, a member of the Lummi Nation whose Lummi name is Se-Sealth, recently remarked that if every Christian gathering began with the refrain, “God created everything, keep it sacred," that within a generation our children would view the earth in a very different way.