Sunday Service Videos October 13, 2013—”Magical, Mystical Companions”

The monthly service theme for October, 2013, is “Magic and Miracles.” Here are the links and players to the videos from Sunday, October 13, 2013, “Magical, Mystical Companions.”

Carol Manson Song “Take My Hand Precious Lord”

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Erin McGaughan Sings “Unconditional Love”

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Erin McGaughan Sings “Your Love is a Miracle”

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Carol Manson Sings “I’m Expecting a Miracle”

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Sermon by Rev. Karen Lindvig: “Magical, Mystical Companions”

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SERMON DETAILS:—Rev. Karen Lindvig celebrates the lives of our animal companions, and the way they influence our lives with a myriad of benefits. Karen uses several ways of illustrating how our animal companions—dogs, cats, horses, and others—including: her personal experiences with her pet cats and dogs; the humorous differences between cats and dogs; the life-transforming story of British busker James Bowen and his cat Bob; and the taming of feral mustang horses in Texas.

Important quotations related to this sermon:

Saint Francis: “Praised be you, my Lord, with all Your creatures.”

James Bowen: “Ordinarily no one would engage or even exchange a look with me.  I was a busker and this was London and I didn’t exist.  I was a person to be avoided, shunned even. That afternoon, almost every person we passed was looking at me.  Well, more to the point, they were looking at Bob [my cat]. Bob wasn’t changing people’s attitude to me: he was changing my attitude to others as well.”

Abraham Lincoln: “I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.”

Some key ideas related to this sermon:

1. In honor of St. Francis we give thanks for the creatures of the earth through the blessing of the animals.

2. Animal companions can be a source of unconditional love and healing.

Befriending them allows us to view another dimension which connects us to God, nature and one another.