Coronavirus Message – April 14th

Healing Our Earth – preparing for Earth Day, April 22, 2021


Almighty God, in giving us dominion over things on earth, 

you made us coworkers in your creation. 

Give us wisdom and reverence to use the resources of nature 

so that no one may suffer from our abuse of them, 

and that generations yet to come may continue to praise you for your bounty; 

through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, who in your self-emptying love 

gathered up and reconciled all creation to the Father. 

Innumerable galaxies of the heavens worship you. 

Creatures that grace the earth rejoice in you. 

All those in the deepest seas bow to you in adoration. 

As with them we give you praise, 

grant that we may cherish the earth, our home, 

and live in harmony with this good creation, 

for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, 

one God, now and forever.  Amen.


Beloved community,


The two beautiful prayers above are from the collected resources in our hymnal, Evangelical Lutheran Worship.  We are creatures of an abundant and extraordinary creation, and we are to give thanks to our Creator God for God’s rich benevolence to we who are sojourners on this planet.  As we approach Earth Day 2021 next week, it is ‘meet and right’ to give thanks to God the Creator for this good creation.


Last Friday, April 9, the Kaufman Interfaith Institute shared in its “Weekly Watch” the following little clip of the Dalai Lama offering a Buddhist perspective on creation care and challenging all of us to recognize the “new reality” of climate change.  Kaufman also launched its “Healing Our Earth” programming for our ‘Earth Month’ observance.  The first session was last Sunday, on “Christian Imperatives for Environmental Care.”  Although the live offering has past, you can follow the link to a video of the two-hour “Grand Dialogue” moderated by former Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell.


The other events below are upcoming on Sunday through Wednesday of next week.


This video features a short (3 minute) message from His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Caring for our Global Environment.


Upcoming Events on Healing Our Earth


Christian Imperatives for Environmental Care

Sunday, April 11, 2-4 PM EDT

Christian Imperatives for Environmental Care
A Two-Part Panel Discussion:

From a Christian Perspective, Why Care for the Environment?

Featuring George Heartwell, Former Mayor of Grand Rapids; Steve Bouma-Predieger, Hope College; Sister Damien Marie Savino, Aquinas College; and Chris Elisars, World Evangelical Alliance..

What Are You Doing to Care for the Environment?

Featuring Dave Warners, Plaster Creek Stewards; Kyle Meyaard-Schaap,  Evangelical Environmental Network; Gail Heffner, Calvin University; and Steve Mulder, Climate Witness Project.

Registration is free but required. Click here to register. 

(You can click the link above to access the video of last Sunday’s panel discussion.)


Interfaith Imperatives for Climate Action

Sunday, April 18, 2-4 PM EDT


Interfaith Imperatives for Climate Action
A Two-Part Panel Discussion:

How does your Faith or Values Inform Climate Action?

Featuring Nurya Love Parish, Plainsong Farm; Huda Alkaff, Wisconsin Green Muslims; Frank Ettawageshik, Association on American Indian Affairs; Gopal Patel, Bhumi Global; and Nathaniel Michon, Koyasan Shingon Buddhism.

What are you doing for Climate Action?

Featuring Sarah King, Grand Valley State University; Wren Hack, Hazon; Cybelle Shattuck, Interfaith Power and Light; and Hannah Huggett, Sunrise Movement.

Registration is free but required. Click here to register. 


Healing Our Earth Workshops

April 19-21, 12 PM EST & 7 PM EDT

Interfaith Zoom Workshop Series during Earth Week

Christians, Creation, and Climate: Finding Our Way (April 19, 12- 1 PM EDT)

Hindu Approaches to Climate Change Anxiety (April 19, 7- 8 PM EDT)

Mobilize Congregations for Climate Action (April 20, 12- 1 PM EDT)

Stewardship of Creation – Integrating Sustainability Into Faith Communities  (April 20, 7- 8 PM EDt)

Environmental Justice Through A Racial Equity Lens Simulation (April 21, 12-1 PM EDT

Making Visible the Invisible – Environmental Racism (April 21, 7- 8 PM EDT)

Registration for these workshops are free but required. Click here to register. 


Blessings good people of Trinity.  As we seek to be good stewards of this planet, may you be safe, may you be well, and may you be held in love.


It remains a privilege to serve as one of your pastors.


Grace and peace,


Pastor Robert Linstrom



2700 Fulton St. E
Grand Rapids, MI 49506


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