Bishop John Shelby Spong ~ June 16, 1931 – September 12, 2021
Bishop Spong provided a much needed place for those of us who did not connect with traditional theology. We love you Bishop Spong. You will be missed! Funeral services will be held at St. Peter’s, Morristown, NJ and at St. Paul’s, Richmond, VA. Dates and times will be announced as soon as they are available

The Outside Shed

The outside shed where Jesus lay

Was home to goat and ox;

It was a dirty place to be;

Fit for the shepherds’ flocks;

Yet here we see the Gospel;

The news of Jesus – born;

From here the story beams its light

On this, a sacred morn.


No palace or some fine estate

Is in the gospel tale;

When starting from a stable bare

His plans were doomed to fail;

Yet here we see the Gospel;

The way of Jesus shown;

From here the story gains its strength

For outcasts, those alone.


We trace the life of this young Jew

To death upon a cross;

His life by human standards was

A failure, total loss;

Yet here we see the Gospel;

The Christ whom we adore;

From here the story leads us on

To life. We need no more.



Tune:  Forest Green (All Beautiful the March of Days)



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