Quit Kickin My Dog by Buffy St Marie
your covenant binds us
help us to overcome
the scandal of poverty,
the fixed chasm of indifference
and to recognize you
in the wounded poor;
by Brian Barker
The Wise Dog
by Kahlil Gibrab
One day there passed by a company of cats a wise dog.
And as he came near and saw that they were very intent and heeded
him not, he stopped.
Then there arose in the midst of the company a large, grave cat and
looked upon them and said, “Brethren, pray ye; and when ye have
prayed again and yet again, nothing doubting, verily then it shall
And when the dog heard this he laughed in his heart and turned from
them saying, “O blind and foolish cats, has it not been written and
have I not known and my fathers before me, that that which raineth
for prayer and faith and supplication is not mice but bones.”
“There was a certain rich person who dressed in purple and fine linen, and who feasted luxuriously every day. At the gate of this person’s estate lay a certain poor person named Lazarus who was covered with sores. Lazarus longed to eat the crumbs that fell from the rich person’s table. Instead, dogs would come and lick Lazarus’s sores.
“One day, Poor Lazarus died and was carried by angels to Sarah and Abraham’s side. The rich person also died and was buried. While being tormented in the place of the dead, the rich person looked up and saw Sarah and Abraham at a distance with Lazarus at their side. The rich person shouted, ‘Sarah and Abraham, have mercy on me. Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I’m suffering in this flame.’ But they said, ‘Child, remember that during your lifetime you received good things, whereas Lazarus received terrible things. Now Lazarus is being comforted and you are in great pain. Moreover, a great crevasse has been fixed between us and you. Those who wish to cross over from here to you cannot. Neither can anyone cross from there to us.’
“The rich person said, ‘I beg you, then, send Lazarus to my own house. I have five siblings. He needs to warn them so that they don’t come to this place of agony.’ Sarah and Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets. They must listen to them.’ The rich person said, ‘Please, I beg you! If someone from the dead goes to them, they will change their hearts and lives.’ Sarah and Abraham said, ‘If they don’t listen to Moses and the Prophets, then neither will they be persuaded if someone rises from the dead.’”
I Love My Dog by Cat Stevens
from New St Joseph’s Prayer Book, adapted
Almighty and Generous Providence,
how great the variety of living things,
You have put at our disposal!
You told our first parents:
“I give you all the animals of the land.”
Some can be used as food,
or for labor or transportation,
but also for our companionship and recreation.
Bless the animals.
We ask this in the name of Jesus our Lord. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer
O God, you love us like a good parent,
and are present in every aspect of our existence.
May your nature become known and respected by all.
May your joy, peace, wholeness and justice
be the reality for everyone as we live by the Jesus Way.
Give us all that we really need to live every day for you.
And forgive us our failures as we forgive others for their failures.
Keep us from doing those things which are not of you,
and cause us always to be centered on your love.
For you are the true reality in this our now, and in all our future.
In the Jesus Way we pray. Amen.
My Dog was Lost but Now He’s Found by The Fiery Furnaces
As we were in the ebb and flow,
as the beginning becomes the ending,
and the ending a new beginning,
be with us,
May the blessing of God – the Equality, the Diversity, and the Unity,
be with us and remain with us always. Amen.