On Sunday, April 11 at 1:00PM, Pastor Mark Williams of the United Church of Marco began the Blessing of the Pets with the words from United Methodist Book of Worship: “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.”
Animals were saved from the flood and afterwards 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) and animals share in Christ’s redemption of all God’s creation. We, therefore, invoke God’s blessing on these animals. As we do so, let us praise the Creator and thank God for setting us as stewards over all the creatures of the earth.”
Pastor Mark Williams individually blessed each animal that then received a Blessing of the Pet certificate.
Participants of the Blessing of the Pets at UCMI and their pet owners are as follows: Annie Fannie (Linda Fox), Cami (Cindy Johnson), Chloe (Debbie Bonavita), Conrad (Mary Lill), Cuda (Stu & Betsy Reese), Dancer (Cindy Kramer), Demi (Valerie & Doug Schmitt), Elli (Trish Nash), Gigi (Susan & Tim Smith), Kadan (Tari Gimper), Keeley (Debbie & John Bartman), Leela (Steve Tepper), Lordy (Cheryl & Tom Knott), Louis (Russ & Linda Howald), Lucky (Christy Gallup), Pedi (Barbara Cantor & Judy Daye), Elsa (Charles Lamb), Smoochie the cat (Pam Shudes), Tilly & Tucker (Mike and Marian Harris), Winston (Jeannette MacDonell) and Princess (Zach & Brandon).