whose Spirit moved over the face of the waters,
who gathers the seas into their places
and directs the courses of the rivers,
who sends rain upon the earth
that it should bring forth life:
we praise you for the gift of water.
who spared Noah and creatures of every kind
from the waters of the flood,
who led your people over dry land through the sea
and across the Jordan to the land of promise,
who marks our adoption as children with the sign of water: we thank you for the gift of water.
create in us such a sense of wonder and delight
in this and all your gifts,
that we might receive them with gratitude,
care for them with love,
and generously share them with all your creatures,
to the honor and glory of your holy name.
~ written by Rev. John Paarlberg, in “Waters of Life: Enough for All” from the National Council of Churches Earth Day 2003 resource packet. Posted on the Earth Ministry website.