This altar is fur-friendly
Ever have funny conversations you could never have imagined in your wildest dreams?
I had one the other day as an assistant editor was reading today’s story about upcoming Blessing of the Animals services. He asked me how Church of the Good Shepherd would handle the pets attending service with their owners.
Oh, they make sure that the pets are on a leash or in a cage, I said, not really thinking about the answer.
Another minute went by before I swung around to look the editor in the eye.
He laughed. He’d asked a good question and he knew it.
How would the service at the Edmond church, 1000 N Broadway, shape up on Sunday? Pastor Michael Robertson had told me that an afternoon service for individual pet blessings would be outdoors.
But the pets — dogs, cats and other creatures — were also invited to the church’s regular Sunday morning service where Robertson planned to discuss ways his congregants can take the lessons of St. Francis of Assisi into the future.
Robertson said he planned to invite the pets and their owners up to the church altar for a kind of group blessing.
My editor and I imagined that will be one potentially loud — and humorous — altar call.
Listen, I have known Father Michael for several years now and I can truthfully say he has a great sense of humor. Plus he’s an animal lover, himself. I predict he’ll call on both those characteristics as he faces the pups and kitties that make their way to the front of the church.
Something tells me that altar will be fur-friendly come Sunday. Barkers welcome.
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