Shuck and Jive

Friday, October 26, 2007

Blessing Pets in Elizabethton

Greg Miller of the Elizabethton Star wrote a nice article for our "Blessing of the Animals" service that will take place tomorrow (Saturday) at 1 p.m.

We really like animals at First Pres. Here is First Presby, Kathy Woody, with Henrietta. Henrietta was our guest when we were encouraging the congregation to participate in the Heifer Project, International.

Here is a portion of the article from the Star about tomorrow's blessing:

Shuck encourages people to bring their pets to the Blessing of the Animals service. "As we know, pets are like family to many of us and this is a way to give thanks to God for the love and affection our pets show us," he said. "It is also a way for us to be aware of our connection with all of creation. It is a time to celebrate all living things and to remind ourselves of the need to care for them. Many of us, including me, believe that animals are not outside of the realm of the spiritual. Animals have sacred qualities and our bond to them is sacred."

Shuck says he is "very pleased" with the positive response he has received to the idea of having a Blessing of the Animals service. "Several of my church members have been looking forward to this for some time," he said. "Anyone is welcome to bring a pet for a blessing."

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