In just two weeks, on Wednesday August 21, St. James will be offering a Blessing of the Animals during our mid-week campfire communion worship. I’ve already told my dog, Dazzy (pronounced ‘Daisy’,) and she is very excited. Dazzy made twenty new friends the last time we offered this worship a few years ago. I’m sure she can’t wait to see them again and meet others.
The Blessing of the Animals has a time-honored place in Christian worship and goes back to the days of St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis understood the important place that animals play in God’s overall creation and celebrated their presence.
We will follow this example on August 21 when at the start of our usual campfire communion worship, we will say a special prayer of thanks for our pets and all animals. You are invited to bring your favorite critter to join in this celebration of God’s awesome creation.
We only ask that you keep your pet on a leash or in its carrying container so that it doesn’t cause a ruckus with the others who have gathered.
Of course, if you don’t have a dog or cat or elephant to bring and the MN Zoo won’t lend you one of their animals - you are still invited to take part in this celebration. I know Dazzy will be happy to meet you.
As always, I look forward to seeing you during worship.
in Christ’s Light,