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Blessing of the Animals

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On Sunday, October 4th we gathered outside on the front lawn of the church campus to be one with creation, after the example of St. Francis of Assisi, whose Feast Day we also observed.

God has given us a beautiful earth, full of majesty and glory. All creation is pleasing unto God; therefore, let all creation praise God's holy name. 

It is up to us to be good stewards of creation, not just the land, the seas and the sky, but all of earth's inhabitants. 

We give thanks to God, through Jesus Christ our savior and Lord, for the animal companions entrusted in our care. May we bring each other joy and peace, and be a reminder of the goodness of God's creation. 

Thanks be to God for the animal companions in our lives, past, present and future. 

The friendly beasts

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From Eddie McCoven, church staff member:

We gathered for a brief Blessing of the Animals observance out on the front lawn of the church campus.

Our gathering reminds us of St. Frances of Assisi, who taught of giving thanks to God for all creation, especially our animal companions. 

St. Francis is also considered the author of a common prayer Christians say for peace.