Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s



Let us give thanks for the world around us; thanks for all the creatures, stones and plants. Let us learn their lessons and seek their truths, so that their path might be ours and we might live in harmony, a better life. May the Earth continue to live, may the heavens above continue to live, may the rains continue to dampen the land, may the wet forests continue to grow. Then the flowers shall bloom and we people shall live again. Amen.

( Hawaiian indigenous prayer )


Christ, our Lord, to you we raise
this, our hymn of grateful praise.

For the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies,
for the love which from our birth over and around us lies.

For the wonder of each hour of the day and of the night,
hill and vale and tree and flower, sun and moon and stars of light.

For the joy of human love, brother, sister, parent, child,
friends on earth, and friends above, for all gentle thoughts and mild.

For yourself, best gift divine, to the world so freely given,
agent of God's grand design: peace on earth and joy in heaven.

Christ, our Lord, to you we raise
this, our hymn of grateful praise.

( Folliott Sandford Pierpoint 1864 )

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

John Muir and Hudson Stuck: the joy and beauty of the natural world 
(transferred from Sunday)

Today Saint Laika’s remembers two men who are able to draw near to God through the beauty of the natural world.

Born in Scotland in 1838, John Muir immigrated to the United States in 1849, settling in Wisconsin. Muir sought the spiritual freedom of the natural world. In 1868, he arrived in Yosemite Valley, California, which he called “the grandest of all the special temples of nature.” During a hiking trip through the Sierras, Muir developed theories about the development and ecosystem of the areas. Some years later, Muir took up the cause of preservation, eventually co-founding the Sierra Club, an association of environmental preservationists.

Muir, an ardent believer in the national parks as “places of rest, inspiration, and prayers,” adamantly opposed the free exploitation of natural resources for commercial use. This position put him at odds with conservationists who saw natural forests as sources of timber and who wanted to conserve them for that reason.Today, he is revered as an inspiration for preservationists and his life’s work stands as a powerful testament to the majesty and beauty of God’s creation.

Hudson Stuck was an Episcopal priest and explorer. Born in England in 1863, he came to the United States in 1885. He graduated from the University of the South in 1892. From 1894 to 1904, Stuck was Dean of the Episcopal Cathedral in Dallas, Texas.

In 1905 he moved to Fort Yukon, Alaska, where he spent the rest of his life, serving as archdeacon of the Diocese of Alaska.

With a group of fellow explorers, Stuck was the first to completely ascend Denali (Mount McKinley). He later wrote of the experience as a “privileged communion” to be received in awe and wonder. Upon reaching the pinnacle of Denali, Stuck led the climbers in prayer and thanksgiving. He died in 1920.

Scripture: In "Psalm One Hundred and Four", at verses ten through thirteen, we read:

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.


We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... for the earth; for all its creatures; for its geology and geography; for its protection from those who exploit it without any thought for the future or the environment.

... for the thirteen children who died after their school bus collided with a train in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh; for their families and friends who will mourn their deaths; for all victims of road traffic accidents; for the safety of all who are travelling today. DETAILS

... for terminally ill children; for their parents.

... for those who have died recently and for those who mourn their passing.

... for those who are unwell and for those caring for them.

... for those, both close to us and far off, who we hold in our personal prayers.

... for ourselves.


Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.


From "Mountain Thoughts" by John Muir:

Wonderful how completely everything in wild nature fits into us as if truly part and parent of us. The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us, thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fibre and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing. The trees wave and the flowers bloom in our bodies as well as our souls, and every bird song, wind song and tremendous storm song of the rocks in the heart of the mountains is our song, our very own, and sings our love.

The Song of God, sounding on forever. So pure and sure and universal is the harmony, it matters not where we are, where we strike in on the wild lowland plains. We care not to go to the mountains, and on the mountains we care not to go to the plains. But as soon as we are absorbed in the harmony, plain, mountain, calm, storm, lilies and sequoias, forests and meads are only different strands of many-coloured light; are one in the sunbeam!


Blessed creator of the earth and all that inhabits it: we thank you for your prophets John Muir and Hudson Stuck, who rejoiced in your beauty made known in the natural world; and we pray that, inspired by their love of your creation, we may be wise and faithful stewards of the world you have created, that generations to come may also lie down to rest among the pines and rise refreshed for their work; in the name of the one through whom you make all things new, Jesus Christ our saviour, who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, now and forever. Amen.

May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.


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