Blessing of the Animals Service
It is with great delight that we invite you to the 6th Annual Blessing of the Animals at Chapel Hill UMC. Please join us September 30, 2018 at 2pm at the Prayer Garden. Francis of Assisi (d 1226) is known to many as the patron saint of animals and the natural environment. We will take time to reflect upon the many gifts we have been given by God and observe God’s great bounty all around us. As we move toward the feast day of St. Francis we will dedicate our memorial garden and ask God’s blessings upon our beloved animals, great and small! All pets are welcome on a leash or in a carrier. The Health and Wholeness ministry will host a drawing and for those in attendance. We hope that after this brief outdoor service that your spirit is renewed and the expanse of God is is undeniable! Please contact Rev. Dr. Lisa Thompson with questions.
All pets on leashes, in carriers or in swimming containers are welcome!
We are excited to celebrate God’s wonderful creation with you. For more about St. Francis and Chapel Hill’s annual blessing, read this fascinating blog post from Senior Pastor Jeff Gannon. You can also learn about long-time blessing attendee Sheila Martin and her agility dog training here.
About the Feast Day of St. Francis
St. Francis of Assisi is the patron Saint of animals and the environment in the Catholic church. His witness to God’s good and beautiful creation has inspired Christians across denominations and compels many to give thanks to God for faithful companions in our lives, present and past. The wisdom of St. Francis allows us to find blessing in the simplicity of the world around us and the creatures who dwell in the grass, fly through the sky, swim in the sea and who find comfort in our homes. Join us for the celebration God’s good creation!
Enjoy these words from Pope John Paul II: “As a friend of the poor who was loved by God’s creatures, Saint Francis invited all of creation – animals, plants, natural forces, even Brother Sun and Sister Moon – to give honor and praise to the Lord. The poor man of Assisi gives us striking witness that when we are at peace with God we are better able to devote ourselves to building up that peace with all creation which is inseparable from peace among all peoples.” Further he writes, “It is my hope that the inspiration of Saint Francis will help us to keep ever alive a sense of ‘fraternity’ with all those good and beautiful things which Almighty God has created.”