On Sunday we finally had the chance to meet many of the Pandemic Puppies who have joined the congregation over the past months! Companion animals have been a blessing to many people in this time of physical distancing, and our outdoor event on Sunday was a chance to recognize the many gifts pets bring to our lives.
In many countries this annual service is more often becoming known as the "Blessing of the Animals," instead of a "pet blessing," in light of the fact that all animals and other wildlife are, first and foremost, worthy in their own right as God's creation - regardless of whether or not they are someone's domestic pet. St. Francis preached to the birds of the air and the wild animals of forest and field! So we remember all animals on this special day, and our responsiblity to preserve the habitat they depend upon.
But on the Feast of St. Francis it makes us happy to recognize especially the friendship and love that we share with our pets, and this year was no exception.
Thanks to all who joined in the fun! We spread the cheer a little wider by taking the church flowers to the staff at the Main Street Animal Hospital in North Vancouver, with our thanks for their care of local critters. They were delighted and send back their thanks to the congregation!