October 1, 2014
Sunday, October 5, you will notice something different as you enter for worship. On the terrace and entrance into Hildebrand Hall from 6th Avenue, you will find pets of all shapes and sizes. Many, I hope! No, Plymouth has not “gone to the dogs.” This is the Blessing of the Animals. What? October 4 marks the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, lover of all creation and patron saint of animals. This weekend, Christians around the world celebrate his message by bringing animals to worship. Francis believed the world was created good and beautiful by God and that it is humanity’s duty to protect and enjoy nature as both stewards of God’s creation and as creatures.
You have the option of bringing your pet to either the 9 am or 11 am service. The Blessing will occur at the beginning of worship with the opening hymn. After your pet’s blessing, you will be invited to recess out so you may place your pet in the car or other location as needed. If you think your pet may be too rambunctious, bring your favorite photo.
Please call the church office to let us know if you plan to bring your animal.
Our pets have such an enormous impact on our well-being and the well-being of others in our communities. They are our beloved companions through life and in their selfless and unconditional love, we catch a glimpse of God’s love. Please join me this festival Sunday as we celebrate creation and all that lives within it. —Rev. Brigitta RemoleSubscribe