DANVERS, Mass. — A Massachusetts church is scheduled to launch a new monthly worship service — for dogs. Calvary Episcopal Church will offer later this month its first "Perfect Paws Pet Ministry" aimed at giving area pooches and their owners improved odds at getting canines into heaven. The Danvers church plans to hold the service on the third Sunday of every month, complete with communion for the humans and special blessings for pets. Dogs will get special treats.The article goes on to mention that "...well-mannered, leashed dogs are invited." Hmmm. Not very inclusive, are they? What about dogs with intense fears of the leash, or whose manners are best described as "spirited"?
Still, in a spirit of kindly ecumenism, I'd be happy to offer some of the songs from this list, slightly altered, for these canine worship services:
On Beagles' Wings
Here I am, Lord (Here! Here! Here!)
Be Not Afraid (of the mailman)
We Are Called (for our supper)
Let There Be Paws on Earth
(Lyrics supplied upon request.)