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A boatload of LBWs

Green hymnals find a new home — in Iceland

Before Karen A. Busch left Duluth, Minn., for her sabbatical year in Reykjavik, Iceland, she told Glen Peterson, the hymnal keeper at First Lutheran Church, "I might find a new home for our green hymnals in storage."

Indeed, she did.

Photo courtesy of Kent Larus BjornsAfter a month of red tape, 100 hymnals were delivered to Hallgrimskirkja, the largest church in Iceland.

After hearing "no way" from several U.S. companies, Busch found an Icelandic business willing to ship them for $500, paid for by friends, colleagues and family.

The shipment included six banners and a stand, luminaries and a Christ candle — all arriving in time for Christmas Eve worship.


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