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A Message From (a Vacationing) Rev. Laurie

Dear Grace Family, I’m spending a few days by the Blue Ridge Mountains in Tennessee with my family. Time seems to expand sitting here in my Mother’s home, which is how I discovered the beautiful poem by St. John of the Cross which you’ll find below. I hope it feeds you as it did me. January is another very full month at Grace with opportunities for taking on Sundayworship leader roles, coffee hour with volunteers from First Friends who will discuss their work at the Elizabeth Detention Center, our Annual Meeting, a visit from our Bishop and our Breaking Bread Start Up Dinner. Please join us. Peace, Rev. Laurie If You Want If you want, the Virgin will come walking down the road

Notes From Rev. Laurie - 12/22/2016

"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14 The United Synagogue of Hoboken has Bible Study every Wednesday morning. My old friend Rabbi Robert Schienberg invited me to join the group in his office whenever I have time and so I did on Wednesday morning. Before the gathered group cracked open the Torah they discussed an alarming incident that happened during the most recent Shabbat services. Apparently, someone dropped the Torah scroll. If you’re unfamiliar with what a Torah scroll is, it’s the first five books of the Bible written by hand in Hebrew on a la

Notes From Rev. Laurie - 12/18/16

Await for the Lord, whose day is near. Wait for the Lord: keep watch, take heart! -Taize prayer Donald Gallagher is painting a map of the world on a large canvass that our church will use during worship on Christmas Eve straight through Epiphany. For the last two Sundays at Grace, everyone has been invited to color in the countries on the continents during coffee hour. On the first Sunday, a few people sprawled across the oceans and drew in the nations on Africa and South America. It was moving to watch. Their careful outlining and naming was clearly a way of touching the people in the countries they shaped. Last Sunday after worship I saw someone bundled up in a hat, scarf and ja

An Advent Reflection by Lesley Shannon Hollely

"Restore us, O God of hosts; show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved." - Psalm 80:7 I found this passage very peaceful and reassuring. My understanding is that it is a prayer to God to repair us and allow us to see God’s illumination and support, and in recognizing this, we will without a doubt be safe from any true harm. It baffles me sometimes how fitting a particular passage can be to the present times, and this one really hits the nail on the head. I feel the view into our nation’s countenance has truly been revealed through the course of the election. I hate to keep bringing it up, but I think that it would be a disservice to us all if we did. I believe that God i

An Advent Reflection From Barbara White

“Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’ -- Jeremiah 23:5-6 In Jeremiah 23: 5-6 the Lord God promises to raise up a Righteous Branch, Jesus, who will establish His Kingdom on Earth. A branch is an extension, nourished by and reaching out from the core structure of a tree. Jesus is an extension of The Father /Mother/ God reaching o

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