First Blessing of the Animals Service
UCC Congregational in Plainfield
On Sunday, September 27, at 10:30 am, the United Church of Christ Congregational Church at 220 W 7th Street in Plainfield, NJ will hold the Blessing of the Animal Service on the front lawn of the Sanctuary. This service is open to the whole community and all well-mannered pets are invited.
The bond between person and pet is like no other relationship, because the communication between fellow creatures is at its most basic. Many pets become such a blessing in people’s lives and a member of the family, and for that reason it makes sense to take good care of them, including extending blessings upon them.
Having the opportunity to bring your animal companions to church for a special blessing is priceless. Church is the place where the bond of creation is celebrated. So come, with your special pet(s) and receive a blessing.
In the Scriptures, the act of blessing means 'the imparting of power or life.' The person performing the blessing is mediating that power from God or Christ to the person or the animal involved. To bless is more than an expression of goodwill and caring. To bless is to impart God's power in person! The blessing of each animal, by name, means that health, healing and life are being mediated from God for the benefit of the animal in its relationship with its human partners.
*Please consider the wisdom of bringing aggressive animals.*
*If bringing an animal is not possible, consider bringing a picture or a pet’s belonging that will represent the pet for the blessing.*