Saturday, November 07, 2009

This should outrage me

Really though it just makes me shrug. What next?

Gone to the dogs: LA church starts pet service

LOS ANGELES – When the Rev. Tom Eggebeen took over as interim pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church three years ago, he looked around and knew it needed a jump start.

Most of his worshippers, though devoted, were in their 60s, attendance had bottomed out and the once-vibrant church was fading as a community touchstone in its bustling neighborhood.

So Eggebeen came up with a hair-raising idea: He would turn God's house into a doghouse by offering a 30-minute service complete with individual doggie beds, canine prayers and an offering of dog treats. He hopes it will reinvigorate the church's connection with the community, provide solace to elderly members and, possibly, attract new worshippers who are as crazy about God as they are about their four-legged friends.

Before the first Canines at Covenant service last Sunday, Eggebeen said many Christians love their pets as much as human family members and grieve just as deeply when they suffer — but churches have been slow to recognize that love as the work of God.

"The Bible says of God only two things in terms of an 'is': That God is light and God is love. And wherever there's love, there's God in some fashion," said Eggebeen, himself a dog lover. "And when we love a dog and a dog loves us, that's a part of God and God is a part of that. So we honor that."

I do think it is appropriate that this is going on in a Presbyterian church. After all, there is equal Biblical evidence for both infant baptism and doggie prayers.


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Anonymous said...

Doesn't count. They're PCUSA. :oP

Steve Martin said...

I'm with you.

Nothing...absolutely nothing suprises or shocks me anymore.

Anonymous said...

WoW - the particular church has really gone to the dogs!!

Sorry for the pun, because it really is rather sad that the church has to have a "gimmick" to get people to come. Apparently our Lord and Savior dying on the cross so that we may be forgiven is nothing compared to being able to take Fido to church with you???

What a screwed up world we live in!

Richard said...

Eggebeens last church was Harbor Springs pres.
He had Kervorkian in his in his downstate church before that.
Rick Boerman