A Welcome from our Minister – The Reverend Anne Robertson
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First Sunday Blessing Services
Come for the Blessings
On October 4 we will have our next outdoor Blessing service, Blessing of the Animals, along with the sacrament of Holy Communion. Please wear your mask and bring a chair and your own communion elements. If the weather looks iffy, bring rain gear. Childcare will be provided on the playground, although the service will be child-friendly and children are welcome to attend.
At 10:00 am on Sunday there will be a live stream of the service on our Facebook page for those who prefer to join us online. That will take the place of the “live” Zoom worship which will continue on the other Sundays of the month. The Blessing Service will also be recorded so you can watch the highlights later on our YouTube channel.
All creatures are welcome at this special service as long as they are under appropriate restraint. Cats and rats, Dogs and hogs, horses and llamas, hamsters and hermit crabs, parakeets and pet piranhas—if you can control it, you can bring it and Pastor Anne will bless them all individually by name. You don’t need masks for the critters, but you will need yours! Come and invite your friends.
Our next outdoor Blessing Service will be on November 1, Blessing of the Saints. Not the canonized saints of the Church, but the saints of Crawford’s past and yours. We’ll remember those who have shaped our lives in deep and beautiful ways, both personally and as a church. Did you know that the small maple trees planted around the church were each planted for one of Crawford’s own saints? We’ll have the names up so you can go to each tree and remember. We’ll tell stories.
Pastor Anne has prepared a video to explain the nature and purpose of blessings. Or, if you prefer, it is also available as PDF.
Why We Bless Things (video by Pastor Anne)
What’s Going On
Our next Adult Study, starting September 27, will be based on the book New Vision for an Old Story by our new minister, Anne Robertson. Details on our Adult Programs page.
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