God calls us to be disciples of Jesus, reaching out in service and fellowship
to share the love of Christ.
Genesis 1:20-26; Psalms 8:6-9
God created us and placed us on the earth to be stewards of all living things. The animals of God's creation inhabit the skies, the earth, and the sea. They share in the fortunes of human existence and have a part in human life. God, who confers gifts on all living things, has often used the service of animals or made them reminders of the gifts of salvation. Animals were saved from the flood and afterwards made a part of the covenant with Noah. (GENESIS 9:9–10) The paschal lamb recalls the passover sacrifice and the deliverance from slavery in Egypt. (EXODUS 12:3–14) A giant fish saved Jonah; (JONAH 2:1–10) ravens brought bread to Elijah; (1 KINGS 17:6) animals were included in the repentance of Nineveh; (JONAH 3:7) and animals share in Christ's redemption of all God's creation. We, therefore, invoke God's blessing on these animals. As we do so, let us praise the Creator and thank God for setting us as stewards over all the creatures of the earth. (Discipleship Ministries of UMC)
"We support regulations that protect and conserve the life and health of animals, including those ensuring the humane treatment of pets, domesticated animals, animals used in research, wildlife, and the painless slaughtering of meat animals, fish, and fowl. We recognize unmanaged and managed commercial, multinational, and corporate exploitation of wildlife and the destruction of the ecosystems on which they depend threatens the balance of natural systems, compromises biodiversity, reduces resilience, and threatens ecosystem services. We encourage commitment to effective implementation of national and international governmental and business regulations and guidelines for the conservation of all animal species with particular support to safeguard those threatened with extinction." (United Methodist Church Social Creet in Animal Life of the Section of The Natural World )
Join Us Sunday at 9:30
Sunday, September 10
All children and youth are invited for a new school year of Sunday school classes! Teachers will be ready to greet the children and youth. Friends are always welcome.
Blessing of the Pets
Sunday, August 20, 9:30 am
Special outdoor worship service will be held and will include the Blessing of Pets.
Everyone is invited and encouraged to bring his or her own lawn chair, and any pet that he or she wishes to be blessed by the pastor.
This event will take place next to Mill Pond, across from the church. The setting will be very casual. All are welcome.
Sunday, September 10th
Mark in your calendar.
Look for additional information in the weeks to come.
Join us Sundays at 9:30
August 27 -- Gift of Love
September 3 -- Gift of Being: A Prayerful Life
10 Church Street
Westford, MA 01886
Sunday Morning Worship
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