Friday, October 24, 2008

October 18th Gathering - Posted Late!

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PRELUDE
Music by Maggie Keelan

WELCOME

Welcome to The Pub Church! We are a church in a pub and the Spirit is with us. In this space you are free to move about, order drinks/food, doodle, and express your ideas openly!

We come together with diversity of thoughts, stories, talents, hopes and hurts. Our prayer is that in coming together with all our differences and with Spirit we participate in a new divine reality. This is sacred space.

OPENING PRAYER

Trapped by expectations, I kept the best of me hidden and shushed her when she spoke – Divine presence within and all around us, call us out, so that the best of ourselves, the divine that is within us, can sing out loud!

PEACE – TOAST
Followed with music by Maggie

In this place we creatively express;
Some of us are focused, some are a mess!

We participate during the sermon
And people do connect, we are learnin’

Greet all with a handshake, toast or a wave
At all times feel free to yell, rant or rave

Fake not friends, we can arrive as we are.
Cheers! Here’s to sacred space in a bar!

TELLING OUR STORY
Coming Out!

CONVERSATIONAL SERMON
National Coming Out day was October 11th
“The word ‘out’ seems to suggest opening a door and walking through a portal and suddenly the world changes. It’s really not like that. I use the metaphor of a long, narrow corridor which is dark at first, then there are little glimmers of light coming in, then it starts to widen, and then there’s a window opening. And you peek out, and you see some possibilities. And then there are doors ajar, and you might step out briefly and then come back in. So, it is a long process. It’s not as the word “out” suggests – a sudden decision and you step into another world.”
From an interview with George Takei, as quoted in God Comes Out: A Queer Homiletic.
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- What process of coming out have we found ourselves in? Do we find ourselves in now?
- In what ways have we found the strength to keep walking through the dimness?
- What have been our glimmers of light?

SHARING OF RESOURCES

COMMUNION
Led by Xochitl

FEEDBACK AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Updates on thepubchurch.blogspot.com
November 1, 2008 gathering?

CLOSING
Followed with music by Maggie

Radiant Source of Life,
You Are Who You Are , and we have been created in your Divine image, alike, yet diverse. Birthed in your image, we are born into possibility, each of us a mystery ever unfolding. Help us to honor the rich complexities of who we are; deepen and unite us in you, so that we may know ourselves and others to be bearers of creative power and channels of your transforming love.
Let us now go, called out to be who we are, and to sing out loud!
*Inspired by, Transgendering Faith, (p. 129-130)