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October 8, 2017 - Blessing of the Animals

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Pictures Courtesy of Carla Olson 




Almighty and everlasting God, Creator of all things and giver of all life, let your blessing be upon all these animals. May our relationships with them mirror your love, and our care for them be an example of your bountiful mercy. Grant the animals health and peace. Strengthen us to love and care for them as we strive to imitate the love of Jesus Christ our Lord and God's servant Francis. Amen.

 Pastor Mary Beth circulates through those gathered, asks the name of the animal, places her hand on the animal's head and then blesses the animal.


[insert name], you were created by God, and you are loved by God. May you and your human family experience joy and companionship together, and continue to be a blessing to each other. 


God is the source and loving sustainer of all that lives-of species endangered as well as those newly discovered and named.  Called as we are to wisely care for this-diverse and imperiled web of life, let us offer ourselves as advocates, donors, and active stewards, being reverent and mindful toward all creation.

Lola being Blessed.

Max being Blessed.

Izzy being Blessed.

Abby being Blessed.

Quincy being Blessed.

Buddy being Blessed

Butch being Blessed.