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Julie Grindle

Julie Grindle is a lifelong church musician, accompanist and teacher. After serving as musician to Lutheran congregations and ecumenical partners for 35 years, Julie is now the Assistant to the Bishop for Candidacy and Mobility in the Upstate NY Synod (ELCA). She is the immediate past-president of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. In the past year she has written for Sundays and Seasons, Living Lutheran and the ALCM publication CrossAccent, and is a former member of the ILS (Institute of Liturgical Studies) advisory board. She currently lives in Baldwinsville, NY, with her husband, David. They have two sons in college, Will and Tom.

Recent Posts

Hospitality in Worship Leadership and Planning

Posted on Jan 10, 2023 9:00:00 AM by Julie Grindle in Hospitality, in worship

Hospitality is defined as “the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers.”

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Hymns That Speak to Our Times

Posted on Jun 8, 2021 9:00:00 AM by Julie Grindle in Hymnody, in Music Ministry, in music

“Spirit, open my heart to the joy and pain of living. As you love may I love, in receiving and in giving. Spirit, open my heart.” (ACS 1043)

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The Importance of Hymns of Lament

Posted on Oct 8, 2020 9:00:00 AM by Julie Grindle in Hymnody, in Music Ministry

“Sometimes our only song is weeping, our only sound a gasping breath . . .” (ACS 1050)

This is the first line of a new hymn in All Creation Sings, the upcoming worship supplement from Augsburg Fortress, found in the subsection “Lament.” Along with other new hymns in All Creation Sings, and their siblings in Evangelical Lutheran Worship, they are powerful source material as we grieve widespread sickness and death, old inequalities and fresh injustices. Hope itself can seem lost.

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