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Weekly e-Gram for members and friends of Dublin Community Church

September 9, 2011


I have been aware for many years that our Roman Catholic neighbors often hold an annual Blessing of the Animals, or pets. Its roots are in the person of St. Francis. To bless and care for God’s creatures, something that is so dear to humans, can only be a good thing.

If you look around you will find that churches and communities also offer a variety of “Blessings.”. I think it is a recognition that various objects are valued by us and so a blessing is appropriate.

I vacation each year up around Baldwin, Michigan. Baldwin is known for the many lakes that are in its county. Baldwin is the home of the summer “Trout-a-Rama” too. I couldn’t begin to make that one up. It is real.

But, I notice that in the Spring they have the annual “Blessing of the Bikes” which I believe is for motorcycles. I’ve also read of lots of churches, which do a blessing of kids’ bicycles.

This Sunday our church is going to have, in our worship service, a “Blessing of the Backpacks” of our kids. It makes sense too. Can you name any other thing, which your school kid possesses, which embodies his/her day-to-day life? They carry their books to and from class. Lunches. Gameboys. Cell phones. iPods. Every written note from the school to the parent and vice versa is transported (or lost) in that backpack. For 9 months out of the year… those backpacks are their lives. And on June first, you parents get to clean them out… for which you deserve merit pay.

We’ll acknowledge the importance of those backpacks and pray that our children will find joy, knowledge and a special blessing with that recognition. It is fitting for a church community to do so. And it says to the kids… “You are valuable to us… those backpacks contain your and our hopes and dreams for a successful school year.”

Encourage your kids to bring their school backpacks this Sunday, September 11. We will bless them, and your kids… and begin Sunday School once again. (And besides, it is much easier than bringing motorcycles into the sanctuary. Worship Committee gets rather picky at times.)

Peace, Rev. Bob Tussing

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