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Rev. Laurie's Blog - 12/27/2019

A friend sent me an article from a satirical Lutheran newsletter called “The Holy Herald” entitled “Hundreds Hospitalized After New Hymn Introduced in Church”. Here’s an excerpt: Huron, SD – Hundreds were hospitalized and scores more traumatized for life in the wake of a disastrous hymn roll-out this past Sunday. First responders were overwhelmed by the chaotic scene…. Inside the sanctuary, hundreds were incapacitated, many still frozen with their hands clutched over their ears in a vain attempt to shut out the unfamiliar tune. Christmas is the time when we most want to sing old songs. Some of us come to church on Christmas Eve particularly for them only to be accosted a third of the way

Reverend Laurie's Blog - 12/20/2019

The President of the United States has been impeached. No longer sharing facts as a common ground, we sit next to each other at work and at family gatherings but exist in different realities. The iris by my front door bloomed through most of November and a confused cherry tree in the park had a branch with five blossoms in mid-December. Days later there was an ice storm. Even the seasons can’t agree. The largest, world-wide refugee crisis in history is under way. Lone children climb on the top of La Bestia, families hide in the backs of trucks and die in the desert. Terrified strangers seek refuge in churches and disappear next to us in the Elizabeth Detention Center. Numbers on

Reverend Laurie's Blog - 12/13/2019

In the wake of the murder of Officer Joseph Seals and the mass killing in the JC Kosher Supermarket on Martin Luther King Blvd., Councilman James Solomon asked Grace Church to open its doors last night and do what churches do: sing, light candles and feed everyone. Members of the choir turned out to help. Our Bishop came early and sat in the back row, being present but not over shadowing whatever would happen next. It was hard to hold the night loosely, reaching as everyone in Jersey City is, to absorb what has happened. A father of five, young children was shot in the head for being policeman. Two of the three people in the store were slaughtered for being Jews and an employee

Reverend Laurie's Blog Post - 12/6/2019

A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots…. The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. - Isaiah 11: 1; 6-7 In most churches there’s a matriarch or patriarch back in the sacristy washing out chalices after mass on Sunday morning or making coffee before the first hymn. They’re as faithful to their church as the sun is to the horizon. Maybe they married and buried their spouse before that very altar, baptized all three of their kids at that font and perhaps they were baptized there themselves. They’v

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