Think. Serve. Worship. Belong.            

Dottie, the God Dog
Kay and Shotzi

Kay and Shotzi

THE BLESSING OF PETS

 THE CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader    Bless the Lord, all you his creatures,
All       And forget not all his benefits.
Leader    Let us pray.  Most high, omnipotent good Lord, grant your people grace to renounce gladly the vanities of this world; that, following the way of blessed Francis,we may for love of you delight in your whole creation with perfectness of joy.  O God, you have made us 
and all living things. You are even more wonderful than what you havemade. We thank you for giving us these pets who bring us joy.  As 
you take care of us, so also we ask your help that we might take careof those who trust us to look after them.  By doing this, we share inyour own love for all creation. We ask this in Jesus' name.
All       Amen.
 Emory and her puppy!
Emory and her puppy!

 

Kristin and her min-pins

Kristin and her min-pins

Genesis {1:30-31}

     And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the
     air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything
     that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant
     for food." And it was so. {31} God saw everything that he
     had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was
     evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
Everett and Easton attempt to free their Hedgehog!

Everett and Easton attempt to free their Hedgehog!

Leslie captures Samantha, her pet!

Leslie captures Samantha, her pet!

THE PRAYERS

Leader    Let us give thanks to God our Father for all his gifts           so freely bestowed upon us....  for the beauty and wonder of 
      your creation, in earth and sky and sea;
Bill wrangles his animals

Bill wrangles his animals

 

Emily and Vendie catch dogs for a quick  pose .

Emily and Vendie catch dogs for a quick pose .

All       We thank you, Lord.
Leader    For the richness of the mountains, plains and rivers;
All       We thank you, Lord.
Leader    For all that is gracious in the lives of men and women;
All       We thank you, Lord.
Leader    For all creatures that breathe, and move, and have life;
All       We thank you, Lord.
Leader    For the songs of birds and the loveliness of flowers and 
trees;
All       We thank you, Lord.
Leader    For the trust you have shown in giving into our care these, our pets;
All       We thank you, Lord.
Leader    That each pet here may be treasured with care;
All       We pray to you, Lord.
Leader    That we may love and honour all your works, O God;
All       We pray to you, Lord.
Leader    That we may continue to grow in our grateful enjoyment of
your abundant creation;
All       To the honor and glory of your name, now and forever, we 
pray to you, Lord.
Nick stands sentry with his dog.

Nick stands sentry with his dog.

 

Sister unite with their pets.

Sister unite with their pets.

 

THE BLESSING PRAYER
All       Most high, almighty Lord, our Creator, yours are the         praise, the glory, the honour and all blessings!  To you alone do all things belong.  Be praised for giving us the animals, birds and fish which fill your world. May we think of you and thank you when we play with and care for our pets.  Be praised for making us so happy to have our pets and to have them to play with.  We ask you, Lord, that we may be good to our pets always, so that they may be happy also.  Help us always to take care of them so that they will be healthy.  O God, your world is wonderful.  May we all come into your even greater world of the kingdom of heaven where we shall see even more wonderful things and where we shall live and love for ever.  This we ask to your eternal praise, and to our blessing. Amen.
Jack and Sam tangle with the Saint!

Jack and Sam tangle with the Saint!

copyright - Rev. Robert Morrison and Rev. Richard J. Fairchild 1998 - 2006 
Lary and his St. Charles

Lary and his St. Charles

 

Bonnie brings her scottie

Bonnie brings her scottie

Blessings of the Animals 2013 occurred in beautiful weather and outstanding comaraderie of pets and owners.   Here are a collection of a few of our blessed loved ones and their caretakers who know that God loves all of creation!

Mary Jane and her God-Dog!

Mary Jane and her God-Dog!

Charlotte and her beloved terrier!

Charlotte and her beloved terrier!

Gretchen and her dachshunds.

Ginger and her dachshunds.