We welcome a variety of species into worship as we take time to focus on our meaningful relationships with other animals in this special outdoor service. In many traditions, blessing someone or something imparts divine power or life. We might also think of blessing as an intentional way of expressing gratitude. We recognize blessing the non-human animals in our lives as more than a casual expression of goodwill and care. In many ways, focusing our attention on the other animals in our lives reinforces our interdependence within a vast web of existence. Plus, it offers us a bit of joy and delight to have our non-human animals with us in worship!