"Grapevine, Texas - A Pet Blessing will be held at First United Methodist Church of Grapevine on Sunday, May 25, 2008 at 3 p.m. on the church's playground. The community is invited to participate by bringing their animals to the service.
Last year, cats, dogs, lizards, snakes and spiders were blessed. The service is held outdoors so that even large animals like horses can attend.
The church's Pastor to Children and Families, Rev. Nathan Firmin, comments, "We do this service because animals have been a blessing and a help to human beings since Creation. Humans depend upon animals for food. Animals work with people in agriculture, ranching, medicine, law enforcement, the military and sports. Nearly 100 million households in America have animal companions that share shelter, food, and affection. God has given humankind responsibility for the animals in our care. The Blessing of the Pets is a time when people stop to thank God for the animals in their care and for the care of animals that serve humankind."
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~Is this a good idea?
~Can you think of some benefits to blessing you pets?
~Does this reflect well or poorly on the church as a whole?
~Can/should this be taken farther? (i.e. blessing cars, boats, jewelery etc.)