MOUNT VERNON — For some, Sundays are not only a day for rest but also a day of blessing. Many gathered together Sunday afternoon at Hopewell United Methodist Church to celebrate and receive blessings on their pets. About 10 animals gathered, mostly dogs, but some people brought pictures of their animals as well to be included in the blessing service. Pastor David Havens officiated and referenced many passages in the Bible that include animals.
“The animals of God’s creation inhabit the skies, the earth and the sea,” said Havens.
“They share in the fortunes of human existence and have a part in human life. A God who confers gifts on all living things has often used the service of animals or made them a reminder of the gift of salvation,” said Havens. Havens then referenced and read from passages throughout the Bible where animals were prevalent. In Genesis 9:9-11, Havens said that animals were saved after the great flood and “made a part of the covenant with Noah.” Havens quoted First Kings 17:6, as “ravens brought bread to Elijah,” and later went on to Jonah 3:7 as “animals were included in the repentance of Ninevah.”
“Animals share in Christ’s redemption of God’s creation, we therefore invoke God’s blessing on these animals today as we gather. As we do, let us praise our creator, Jesus Christ our Lord, and thank him, our Lord and God, for setting us as stewards over all of the creatures of the earth,” said Havens.
For the rest of the story
The rest of this article is available to Mount Vernon News subscribers. To continue reading, please log in or purchase a subscription. Click here for the October 14, 2013 e-edition. The article will only be available for thirty (30) days.
Contact Emily WeaverEmail
Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.