Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast

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Notes From Rev. Laurie - 11/18/2016

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words. And he who searches the hearts of men knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. - Romans 8:26-27 Our Bishop Mark was in a congregation that had gathered to hear Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa preach not long after the end of Apartheid. Bishop Tutu began his sermon by saying, “First of all, I want to thank the United States for bringing Apartheid to an end.” There was a quizzical moment of silence. Tutu continued, “In the middle of the struggle there

The One That Jesus Loves

Dear Grace Church Family, When I was in elementary school I was given a brown, plastic bank shaped like a peanut with President Jimmy Carter’s wide, toothy smile. I knew President Carter had been a peanut farmer and got that the bank was a joke. Was it funny because he was a farmer? Was his smile malevolent instead of gracious? The bank unnerved me as a kid because it made him inhuman. Late in the summer naked statues of Donald Trump appeared in several major cities, including one in Jersey City at the approach to the Holland Tunnel. Online I’ve seen comics of Hillary Clinton as a pig and a python. There are also blood chilling pictures of her face with a gun target imposed over it.

A Special Post from Grace's Music Minister - Dr. Colin Britt

Dear Grace Church Family, As everyone has probably experienced, the secular world usually gets a jump start on Christmas, usually about 6 or 7 weeks ahead of the church. Halloween will pass and all of a sudden, supermarkets and pharmacies will change out their seasonal aisles with Santas and stockings. Radio stations don't even wait until Thanksgiving before they switch to holiday music. I'm pretty sure Black Friday now falls on a Tuesday or Wednesday. As a kid, I loved that time of year - the insatiable push toward the 25th, that time in the calendar when the early dusk meant that the Christmas lights shone brighter, that sense of anticipation and excitement as the presents began appe

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