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Notes From Rev. Laurie - 7/24/16

Dear Grace Family, At the home I grew up in my family prayed once a year. Like most of you, at Thanksgiving we’d sit down at our everyday table covered with a lace table cloth, my long deceased Grandmother’s china and silver, and besides the turkey, lots of food we loved but could only be eaten this one day a year, like the green beans with crunchy fried onions on top. Then, my Grandfather would say roughly the same, fifteen second prayer every year with exactly the same closer: “God, you take care of the big things and we’ll take care of the little ones. Amen.” There are so many reasons I loved that fifteen seconds. I wondered if this was a prayer my Grandfather’s father prayed at

Notes From Rev. Laurie - 7/17/16

Dear Grace Family, Rosemary’s and my old friend Sr. Norberta is visiting us for a couple of days from Hawaii. Norberta was the Director of the Hoboken Shelter for about twenty-five years. She and I became fast friends when, as a seminarian, I was sent to intern at the Shelter. I wanted to go. I figured if I was going to find Jesus anywhere he would have to be at the shelter, which he was. Even so, I hated the city. At least a couple times a week I’d plot a way to get out of Hoboken as soon as possible so I could get on with building my real life as the pastor of a beautiful, little country church like in a Jane Austin novel. There, I’d spend my days writing books of poetry, sermo

A Message from Rev. Laurie  in the Wake of this Week’s Murders in  Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights and D

Dear Grace Family, The night before last I was pulled over by a policeman on my way home and I had no idea why. When the squad car lights flashed behind me I was in a panic, not because I was afraid of the officer but because I didn’t have my up-to-date insurance card with me. The officer was friendly as he explained that he stopped me because I didn’t have my headlights on. He told me to find my current paperwork, made sure my headlights actually worked and sent me on my way. I drove on gratefully, but it was the moment I started to let the police killings of yet two more black men sink in. If I was a black man how scared would I have been when the blue, red and white lights flashed

Notes From Rev. Laurie - 7/1/2016

John said to him, “Teacher, we saw a man casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him, because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not forbid him; for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon after to speak evil of me. 40 For he that is not against us is for us. For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ, will by no means lose his reward. – Mark 9:38-41 Are you planning on taking a vacation or slowing down a bit this summer? My family will be away for a week and we plan on taking other days off here and there through the summer for mini trips and to visit friends. While I look forward to some Sa

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