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'I can pray'

Members of Salem Lutheran Church, Naugatuck, Conn., live 90 minutes from Manhattan via the Metro North Line. That's far enough, says Marvin Jonasen, pastor, that most people in the community of 27,000 weren't touched personally by the Sept. 11 attack. But close enough that many know someone who was.

The question for them, Jonasen said, has been "What do you do?" A nursing home resident asked that question the day after the attack during his regular Bible study. "‘I want to do something, but I'm old. I'm sick. What can I do?’ she said with a real sense of longing. And then she said, ‘I can do something. I can pray,’" he recalled.

The next Sunday, he checked each Sunday school class and invited the children to write prayers for the service.


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