St. Francis of Assisi is remembered for his love of creation and all God’s creatures.We went to take our seats in the pewWe got there before many of the others arrived. And then they came … The service began with the hymn – “Morning has broken” when this guy decided to sing along.But it didn’t matter – we were all there to be blessed and a little howling and barking wasn’t going to stop us from being blessed.
There was a reading from the Bible – Genesis Chapter 2:
18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.
And guess what? He named us D-O-G – and we turned out to be man’s best friend … that’s G-O-D spelt backwards!
And we all said our vows:
Will you care for your pet as God’s own creature? I will with God’s grace.
Will you love and protect your pet as long as it lives? I will with God’s grace.
Holy God, whose loving care extends to all living things; bless and protect these creatures which you have put into our hands and help to cherish their lives knowing that all life is precious in your sight. AMEN.
Thank you Annie, Andrew and Stanley, for always remembering to ask us to be a part of this special service.All Saints Church, is the ancient parish church of Fulham, in the County of Middlesex pre-dating the Reformation. It is of Anglican denomination. At Pryors Bank, Bishops Park, Fulham, London SW6 3LA