A Prayer from New Zealand
Blessed are you, God of the Universe.
you have created us and given us life.
Blessed are you, God of the planet earth.
You have set our world like a radiant jewel in the heavens,
and filled it with action, beauty, suffering, struggle and hope.
Blessed are you, God of Aotearoa/New Zealand,
in all the peoples who live there,
in all the lessons they have learned,
in all that remains for them to do.
Blessed are you because you need us;
because you make us worthwhile,
because you give us people to love
and work to do
for your universe, for your world and for ourselves.
(© Copyright material taken and adapted from
A New Zealand Prayer Book: He Karakia Miihinare o Aotearoa
and is used with permission.)