Welcome to St. Paul’s Athens especially if you are here for the first time. On the Feast Day of St. Francis it is good to give thanks to God for the love, affection and companionship so many people receive from their pets. At this short service YOU are responsible for the best control of your own pet, and for any cleaning up that may be required. Don’t worry about pet noises!
There is a Thanksgiving Envelope for everyone for your church collection today, and 20% of your donation will go to an animal charity in Athens.
We are still under Government COVID 19 restrictions. Masks must be worn at all times in the church and in the garden we must keep a 1.5metre distance from each other OR wear a mask. People from the same household can sit normally together.
The presiding priest and preacher is Fr. Leonard Doolan, the Senior Anglican Priest in Greece.
Entrance Hymn: 237 Morning has broken
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1,1)
And God saw everything that he had made, and behold it was very good. (Genesis 1,31)
O Lord, you save both humans and animals (Psalm 36,6)
The righteous care for their animals, but the wicked are cruel (Proverbs 12,10)
Priest: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Priest: The Lord be with you
All: And also with you
Priest: Holy creator, we come together to thank you for the fellowship of other creatures, to celebrate their God-given lives, and to pray for compassionate hearts so we may care for them and for all your creation. But, first of all, we pray for your forgiveness because of our human part in sins of thoughtlessness and cruelty towards animal life. There will be a short period of silence.
All: Almighty God you have given us temporary lordship of your beautiful creation; but we have misused your power, turned away from our responsibility and marred your image in us.
Forgive us, true Lord, especially for our callousness and cruelty to animals. Help us to follow the way of your Son Jesus Christ, who expressed power in humility and lordship in loving service. Enable us, by your Spirit, to walk in newness of life, healing injury, avoiding wrong and making peace with all your creatures.
Priest: God of everlasting love, who is eternally forgiving; pardon and restore us, and make us one with you in your creation.
Priest: Let us rejoice with the Creator at the wonderful creation around us
All: Let us sing to the Lord a new song: a song of all the creatures of the earth
Priest: Let us rejoice in the goodness of God shown in the beauty of little things
All: Let us marvel at the little creatures who are innocent in God’s sight
Priest: Let us sing to the Lord a new song
All: A song of all the creatures of the earth
Hymn: 263 All creatures of our God and King (omit verses 5 & 6)