On the first Sunday of October, Messiah holds an outdoor Blessing of the Animals service at 10 am. The timing of the event corresponds with the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of Animals, which is on October 4.
The event is held in the grassy area near the playground, and is open to all pets and their caretakers.
Please bring dogs on leashes, cats in carriers, and birds, small mammals, reptiles, etc. in cages or tanks with secure lids.
Gracious God, in your love you created us in your image and made us stewards of the animals that live in the skies, the earth, and the sea. Bless us in our care for our pets. Help us recognize your power and wisdom in the variety of creatures that live in our world, and hear our prayer for all that suffer overwork, hunger, and ill-treatment. Protect your creatures and guard them from all evil, now and forever. (Copyright (c) 2019 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved.)