One of the things I learned in Germany during my internship is that there is a saint assigned to every day of the year…YES, among Lutherans! In fact, there is a long standing tradition in our church that a child be named after the saint on whose “day” they were born.
St. Francis is one of those saints. And St. Francis has a feast day: October 4th. St. Francis is remembered for his love of all creation. St. Francis took Jesus’ parting commission to His followers to “go into all the world and preach the Gospel to the whole creation” (Mark 16:16) quite seriously. So do we! We want to honor God for the unconditional love, affection, companionship and joy that these creatures bring us, and formally bless them in the name of the GOD who creates, sustains and loves them with us. There is no better place or way to do that, than in worship.
In the Spirit of St. Francis and God’s love for all creation, we will bless the “animals of St. Mark’s” as they join us once again in worship.
On Sunday, October 4th, we invite you to bring your pet with you to the 9:45 a.m. worship service for a blessing. In order to insure the safety of your pet and the people attending worship, we ask that you appropriately cage and/or leash your pet.
Join us for this very special, annual, worship event!
Job 12:7 “But ask the animals, and they will teach you;
the birds of the air, and they will tell you…