written by Rev. Allen V. Harris

Psalm 104:24 (NRSV)

O Lord, how manifold are your works!

In wisdom you have made them all;

the earth is full of your creatures.

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O God, we ask that you bless all your creatures, great and small, for you, O God, have made us all!

Whether we have skin or fur, or skin and fur, whether we have fins, feathers, or scales, let us remember you made us and we are your own.  Whether we walk on two legs, or four; fly with wings or have wings but do not fly; swim, crawl, creep, crouch, or pounce, let us remember you have made us and we are your own.  Whether we communicate through barking, suboceanic sonar, chirping, purring, mooing, baaing, or talking, let us remember that you have made us and we are your own.

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May each of the dear pets gathered here this day find their homes to be safe and healthy, their owners (or, in the case of cats, their “staff,”) always to be caring and careful.  May the love with which you fill our dogs and other pets so abundantly always overflow to those around them that their occasional minor indiscretions (such as gifts on the carpet, chewed work boots, or holes in the flowerbed) be forgivable.

Finally, O God, help us to remember all those animals for whom there is no safe home, no caring owner, no blessings upon which to count.  Let us recommit ourselves to both making sure our pets never add to the overpopulation without careful planning, but let us work to ensure a home for all those pets who are abandoned and lost.

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Thank you for this day, its beauty and its joy, and all who gathered and heard said loudly, Amen!

Psalm 104 (cont.)

14 You cause the grass to grow for the cattle,

and plants for people to use,

to bring forth food from the earth,

15   and wine to gladden the human heart,

oil to make the face shine,

and bread to strengthen the human heart.

16 The trees of the Lord are watered abundantly,

the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.

17 In them the birds build their nests;

the stork has its home in the fir trees.

18 The high mountains are for the wild goats;

the rocks are a refuge for the coneys.

19 You have made the moon to mark the seasons;

the sun knows its time for setting.

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20 You make darkness, and it is night,

when all the animals of the forest come creeping out.

21 The young lions roar for their prey,

seeking their food from God.

22 When the sun rises, they withdraw

and lie down in their dens.

23 People go out to their work

and to their labour until the evening.