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March 29, 2013

Good Friday Morning Coffee: Hoboken and the ESV

by Rev. A. J. Iovine

Do you know who I feel sorry for this morning?

The people of Hoboken.

In the course of 24 hours, they have now experienced three — 3!!!! — major water main breaks. Already under a boil water advisory for the first two water main breaks, now another break will cause this advisory to be extended. The residents must be wondering if someone has it in the for them.

This morning, I was watching the Eyewitness News – Channel 7 news report about the first two breaks when they interviewed two residents who were impacted by the flooding caused following the burst street pipes. Both of them said they had just finished repairing their basements following Hurricane Sandy when yesterday, the water came gushing back into their homes.

And yes, they lost everything in their basements, again.

A sad story.

Today is Good Friday

We come together at Saint Matthew’s this evening for our Good Friday worship service beginning at 7:00pm. All are welcome to join us.

Last night after our Holy Thursday worship service, I was asked if had the “big book” ready to slam at the end of tonight’s Good Friday service, the “slamming” that is to signify that Jesus’ tomb is closed. “Yes, I have right here,” I said rather enthusiastically. And which book have I selected to slam shut tonight?

My hardcover ESV Bible. Easy to hold and when slammed shut, makes a loud sound.

Daytime Good Friday Worship

Just as a reminder for those of you who cannot make it to church this evening, we have been to join with the saints at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Garfield, NJ for their noontime Good Friday worship service. They are located at 340 Palisade Avenue in Garfield.

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