The Blessing of Pets
On Sunday Oct. 11, 2015, Lakewood UCC in St. Petersburg joined the many churches welcoming pets and blessing them. The church is fortunate to have extensive grounds, so the pet-friendly Sunday morning service was held outside. Water bowls were provided for the pets that came – many dogs, one cat and one gerbil. During the service, each person/family that brought a pet was invited to come forward and introduce the pet and tell about the pet. The owners were also asked to share what they learn from their pet and how their pet is a blessing to them. The service was a celebration of how pets bless their owners. And, yes, each pet was blessed as well. It turns out the service was very well received and a blessing to all who were there – with and without pets!
Kim Wells, pastor