Bring your pets to the front lawn at 4:30 pm to receive a blessing
John Wesley UMC is holding its first Blessing of the Animals worship service to acknowledge God’s and the church’s love, care and concern for creation. We recognize our mutual interdependence with God’s creatures and this program witnesses our stewardship of creation.
Everyone is invited to bring pets to this service which celebrates all creatures and fills our hearts with thanksgiving for their being. There will be a blessing station for cats and other quiet animals, and another station for dogs and other social animals. If you are unable to bring your pet, feel free to bring a picture which can be blessed. If your child is interesting in coming and does not have a pet, you may bring a stuffed animal to receive the blessing.
In lieu of a monetary offering, we are asking for item donations for Lakeside Animal Rescue including
- Puppy/kitten food (Purina One is preferred)
- Dog/cat toys.
The Bible is full of references to the role of animals in God’s plan.
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 salvation.
- In Genesis 9, animals were saved from the flood and afterwards were made a part of the covenant with Noah. (Genesis 9: 9-10)
- The paschal lamb recalls the Passover sacrifice and the deliverance from slavery in Egypt. (Exodus 12: 3-14)
- A giant fish saved Jonah. (Jonah 2:1-10)
- Ravens brought bread to Elijah. (1 Kings 17:6)
- Animals were included in the repentance of Nineveh. (Jonah 3:7)
The Blessing of the Animals is a recognition that animals share in Christ’s redemption of all God’s creation.