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

photo by Ben Ulrich

Everyone is invited to bring their pet (or a photo) 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.


Bless our God, all you creatures.

Bless God in heaven and earth.


Genesis 1:23-28, 31a   (read by young person)
Psalm 104:24, 27-31   (read by young person)


For all your creatures that breathe and move and have life.

We thank you, God.

That we may love and honour the works of your hand.

We thank you, God.

That each pet here may be treasured with care.

We thank you, God.


Special music may include a recording of the song “Bless the Beasts and the Children” recorded by the Carpenters.


When the leaders signal, please bring your pet (or pets) to one of the two blessing stations.  After the blessing, go in peace.

Person extending a blessing (holding or touching each pet):

(Name of animal), you are blessed in the name of God, our Creator, Jesus our brother, and the power of the Holy Spirit.  May God’s love strengthen you and comfort you. And may you and (owner’s name) find joy in each other’s presence and peace with God who created us all.  Amen.

Used with permission from Prayers and Patterns for worship: liturgies, music, images, and ideas for engaging worship in the United Church of Christ, 2004, USA.



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