October 4 is St. Francis day. It’s not too late to organize a blessing of the animals. Blessing animals as an opportunity to recognize the loving companionship that we have with God’s creation. It is very near and dear to people’s hearts. It is also a creative way to engage the community. Put an ad in the paper. You’ll probably be surprised at how many people show up and how many different kinds of animals. Ideas for liturgies are available at the ELCA Facebook page for clergy and http://www.textweek.com. Wear bright vestments. Take lots of photos. The newspaper will probably show up.