Here is the youtube clip we used in morning prayer last week thanking God for his wonderful creation of the South Island. An Otago University student took time lapse photos during Winter and put together in the remarkable short film. More information can be found on stuff- south-island-like-you've-never-seen-it
Here is a prayer that families can prayer together thanking God for the gift of the wondrous creation of our Earth :-
God of the universe,
We thank You for Your many good gifts -
For the beauty of Creation and its rich and varied fruits,
For clean water and fresh air, for food and shelter, animals and plants.
Forgive us for the times we have taken the earth's resources
And wasted what You have given us.
Transform our hearts and minds
So that we would learn to care and share,
To touch the earth with gentleness and with love,
Respecting all living things.
We pray for all those who suffer as a result of our waste,
greed and indifference,
And we pray that the day would come when everyone has enough
food and clean water.
Help us to respect the rights of all people and all species
And help us to willingly share your gifts
Today and always. Amen.