The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Porch lullabies

Mary would be proud of ministry done in her name

You know the story: Martha is busy in the kitchen; Mary is seated at Jesus' feet. But you might not know the one about marymusicians. This is the story of how Julie Wilkinson Rousseau of Edison Lutheran Church, Bow, Wash., started a simple, creative ministry that bears Mary's name and brings music to people who need it most.

These marymusicians aren't Christmas carolers, mind you, though they have that look about them. They're parishioners who pile into cars at sundown Wednesday evenings in the summer to drive through this land 60 miles north of Seattle that's marked by dairy farms and fields of berries, peas and potatoes. They make their way onto the porches of the ill and grieving to sing them to sleep. In some cases, they'll walk around to a bedroom window and sing from there.

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