In this sketch, children play the roles of grass, grasshoppers, spiders, mice, and an owl. It can be used along with some of the Children’s Biodiversity Activities also found in this pack.
The beauty, complexity and often sheer oddity of wild nature have a powerful appeal – as the viewing figures for wildlife programmes show. However, why does it matter? Can we go deeper than the liquid eyes of a baby seal, the waddle and beak of a puffin, or the porcelain beauty of an orchid?
The main question Psalm 104 makes us ask is: who is this all for? Everything – trees, birds, mountains, humans, lions and sea monsters, is completely dependent on God, and draws its value from relationship with God.
This interactive service ideally begins outdoors.
A Rocha UK’s 2010 Environment Resource Pack, under the theme of biodiversity and Psalm 104
A set of activities around the topic of biodiversity: The Web of Biodiversity • Ani-maker • Wildfire! • Biodiversity Bingo
This sermon outline is adapted from one written for ‘Creation Time 2009’ and has appeared on the website of Churches Together in Britain & Ireland
Faithfully embracing the responsibility of caring for the planet takes shape in many different ways. People in communities around the world are taking steps to improve their local environment, educate others and advocate for God’s love for His Creation. Here are a few stories from around the UK and around the world to help encourage and inspire, as well as to show that Creation stewardship is just as diverse as Creation itself!
‘Biodiversity’ is not a biblical term but it is a deeply biblical concept. Scripture repeatedly celebrates the variety, beauty and complexity of creation: from affirming ‘God saw that it was good’ in Genesis 1 through to the book of Revelation where four creatures representing nature’s diversity – birds, humans, wild and domestic animals – worship the risen, enthroned Jesus. Nowhere is biodiversity celebrated more than in Psalm 104. Verse 24 (in The Message) sums it up by simply stating ‘What a wildly wonderful world, God!’ Let’s turn to look at what we can learn from this Psalm.
A Communion Service Celebrating God’s Creation.