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♦ 11:30 am Lunch fellowship following service
♦ Midweek Explosion Bible Study
♦ Children's Church
♦ The Rescue Party Youth Group
Little Koah made his debut at his baby shower on February 15. He is precious and so cute. The shower decorations were fun and the food was tasty. They had “dirt” for dessert and let me tell you it was some good dirt! Thanks to all who came out and joined us for this good time of welcoming Koah Harris.
Family Fun Night at LifeSpring Church is, lets just say, quite crazy! We have so much fun and it is wonderful to see all ages come together to have that fun. Take a look at the pictures below and you will see what I mean. Plan on joining us for the next fun family game night!
The Blessing of the Animals is an annual event at LifeSpring Church. Animals of all shapes and sizes are welcome. The ceremony is very unique and everyone leaves knowing that something very special just happened. Take a look at these pictures and plan to join us next October for another Blessing of the Animals.
Blessing of the Animals
As autumn arrives, people in various places may notice something odd.
A procession of animals, everything from dogs and cats to hamsters and even horses, is led to churches for a special ceremony called the Blessing of Pets.
This custom is conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures.
Francis, whose feast day is October 4th, loved the larks flying about his hilltop town. He and his early brothers, staying in a small hovel, allowed themselves to be displaced by a donkey.
Francis wrote a Canticle of the Creatures, an ode to God’s living things. “All praise to you, Oh Lord, for all these brother and sister creatures.” And there was testimony in the cause for St. Clare of Assisi’s canonization that referred to her little cat!
For single householders, a pet can be a true companion. Many people arrive home from work to find a furry friend overjoyed at their return. Many a senior has a lap filled with a purring fellow creature.
The bond between person and pet is like no other relationship, because the communication between fellow creatures is at its most basic. Eye-to-eye, a man and his dog, or a woman and her cat, are two creatures of love.
No wonder people enjoy the opportunity to take their animal companions to church for a special blessing. Church is the place where the bond of creation is celebrated.
by Kevin E. Mackin, O.F.M