St Francis Day

Franciscan Benediction

The origins of this prayer are unknown, but it surely presents another perspective of St Francis. May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.   May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger […]

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In Our Hands, an Earth Day drama, Genesis 1:26-31a

 “In Our Hands”  Genesis 1:26-31a This drama has been used at services focusing on the environment and caring for our world, including Earth Sunday, Blessing of the Animals Sunday, St Francis service. The source is unknown, and it has been modified over the years.  If you know who wrote the original, please let Worship Words […]

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Blessing God’s Creatures — Woodland Hills Community Church, USA

Everyone is invited to bring their pet to this celebration of thanksgiving for pets. Children and youth are involved as readers. The service was first held at Woodland Hills Community Church, Woodland Hills, California, in September 2003.   Opening Bless our God, all you creatures. Bless God in heaven and earth. Readings Genesis 1:23-28, 31a   (read by […]

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Blessing the Animals, St Francis Day 4 Oct

Joy and a bit-of-chaos sum up a Blessing of the Animals service! Sometimes held outside, sometimes inside, with care and safety measures in place (e.g. animals kept on leash or in carrier) an animal blessing service can provide meaning and relevance for children and anyone with a pet.   Photos or soft toys (stuffed toy animals) may be brought […]

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