Blessing of the Animals
Join us on October 4th at 6.30pm and bring your very special pet.
From the UMC Discipleship website: “A Blessing of Animals, in many congregations, witnesses to God’s and the Church’s love, care, and concern for creation. As we recognize our mutual interdependence with God’s creatures, the Church’s witness of stewardship of creation is strengthened. It is also a service with special appeal to children.”
The animals of God’s creation inhabit the skies, the earth, and the sea.
They share in the fortunes of human existence and have a part in human life.
God, who confers gifts on all living things, has often used the service of animals or made them reminders of the gifts of salvation.
Animals were saved from the flood and afterwards made a part of the covenant with Noah. (GENESIS 9:9–10)
The paschal lamb recalls the passover sacrifice and the deliverance from slavery in Egypt. (EXODUS 12:3–14)
A giant fish saved Jonah; (JONAH 2:1–10)
ravens brought bread to Elijah; (1 KINGS 17:6)
animals were included in the repentance of Nineveh; (JONAH 3:7)
… and animals share in Christ’s redemption of all God’s creation. We, therefore, invoke God’s blessing on these animals. As we do so, let us praise the Creator and thank God for setting us as stewards over all the creatures of the earth.