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As we ascended the western slope of Wester Craiglockhart Hill, the sun climbed over the eastern rim of the earth and sent rays of orange light over the water towards us. A group from my church had decided to gather early in the morning to pray for our city, out in the city itself, rather than in our usual habitat of a church building or members’ house.

It felt somewhat exposing to be singing songs to God and praying in a public place, however off the beaten track it was – a dog walker and an early morning runner viewed us with polite British distance – but it was also a wonderful to experience truly multisensory worship. We had miles of views all around us, including hills, mountains, rivers, and the blossoming of spring; the cries of birds reached our ears as we sang; the wind ruffled our hair (and sent a few chills through us).

Humans were meant to worship this way. Even the Temple, the magnificent building that was the location of the presence of God in the Old Testament, was deco…

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