Special Earth Day Service at Trinitarian Congregational Church
Members of the public are encouraged to attend the Sunday, April 22, service, which begins at 10 a.m.
The following is a press release from Trinitarian Congregational Church. It has been lightly edited.
All are welcome at Trinitarian Congregational Church on April 22, Integrity of Creation Sunday, for a special family service to celebrate Earth Day and to launch a six-week “Season of Creation Care.”
Rev. Jim Antal, conference minister and president of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ, and a powerful preacher, will speak on climate change and the environmental issues that have been a primary focus of his ministry.
The service, which begins at 10 a.m., will end with a blessing of the bicycles on the front steps and a symbolic ride to Thoreau Street and back before the coffee. Helmets are required, and youngsters on tricycles or training wheels will have a special route through Everett Gardens and will need to be accompanied by their parents.
Following fellowship, there will be an opportunity for discussion with Antal in the parlor. Special exhibits about the Town Meeting articles that impact the environment will be on display in the Parish Hall for viewing during coffee and 100 spruce seedlings will be distributed.
The “Season of Creation Care” will continue on Sunday, April 29, immediately following worship with the showing of two short films, “Test Tube Earth” (seven minutes) by parishioner Bob Lawson, and a 10 minute excerpt of “The Climate Fight,” a speech by well-known author and climate activist Bill McKibben that was given at Weston High School on March 25.
Activities on Sundays through Memorial Day will include a guided nature walk on May 6, youth displays of their environmental activities and tips for “greening” your life.
From our earliest biblical roots, stewardship of creation was a central part of our covenant with God and a way to offer thanks and praise. Now, with the challenges of species loss, deforestation, climate change, and other environmental crises, God calls on our generation to take action to protect His great gift.
While the public is always invited to join us in worship, we would especially recommend the service on April 22 to hear Antal, get your bicycle blessed and for a meaningful exploration of our relationship with the Earth.