Blessing of the Animals

LiliBy Linda Elissalde
In Heaven animals will be restored, “to a higher degree than they ever enjoyed.” John Wesley
Pastor Valerie Hudson is inviting animals of all faiths, and their human friends, to a special worship service on October 8, 2017. The BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS will be held in Fellowship Hall of Bay Vue United Methodist Church at 9:00 AM. Reverend Hudson writes that St. Francis of Assisi believed, in addition to human beings, animals are also a treasured part of God’s creation. Francis introduced this idea of blessing the animals about 800 years ago as a way of honoring God’s creations. He had a great affection for the animals. Tradition tells us that he created the first nativity scene, including animals in the telling of the story of the Christ child’s birth. This service is to thank God for the animals around us, especially the pets that people hold dear. People will be invited to bring their pets forward and have a blessing said over them together during the service.

All pets should be on a leash or in a carrier. Large animals are welcome, and the blessing of those animals will continue in the outside area. BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS is open to EVERYONE, and all attendees are welcome to remain afterwards for a special time of fellowship and food. Pets will have their own table of goodies. Please plan to come to this wonderful and meaningful event. We will all be blessed!

“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.”
Will Rogers

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