Once a year near the Feast of St. Francis (October 4th), CUMC and any other members of the community who would like to join us, gather with our animals and pets to have them blessed. It is a service in which we recognize our mutual interdependence with God’s creatures. People bring dogs, cats, and horses. One year we even had an iguana!
Leader: We assemble with all your creatures in this circle of life.
People: We ask you to join our circle and celebrate with us
Leader: Gracious God, we join in celebration with you and all creation.
People: We ask for your blessings, your peace, on the creatures present here that we love and on all the creatures celebrating in the wild.
All: In the name of God, who creates all life, redeems all life and renews all life we give thanks!
The animals of God’s creation inhabit the skies, the earth, and the sea.
They share in the fortunes of human existence and have a part in human life.
God, who confers gifts on all living things, has often used the service of animals or made
them reminders of the gifts of grace.
Animals were saved from the flood and afterwards made a part of the covenant with Noah.
The paschal lamb recalls the Passover sacrifice and the deliverance from slavery in Egypt.
A great fish saved Jonah.
Ravens brought bread to Elijah.
Animals were included in the repentance of Nineveh.
Animals share in Christ’s redemption of all God’s creation.
We, therefore, invoke God’s blessing on these animals,
and thank God for setting us as stewards over all the creatures of the earth.
Genesis 1: 20 – 25
“Blessed are you, God, maker of all living creatures. You called forth fish in the sea, birds in the air and animals on the land. You inspired St. Francis to call all of them his brothers and sisters. We ask you to bless all of our animals. By the power of your love, enable it to live according to your plan. May we always praise you for all your beauty in creation. Blessed are you, our God, in all your creatures! Amen.”
May God, who created the animals of this earth, continue to protect and sustain us all, now and forever. Amen