Saturday, July 11, 2009

July 11, 2009 Gathering


by John Gerard


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

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


(by Henry Horton, in Life Prayers From Around the World)

Our Mother, who is here with us on earth,

Sacred is thy being. Thy gardens grow.

Thy will be done in our cities

as it is in nature and in all that is yours.

Thanks be this day

for food, and air, and water.

Forgive us when we miss the mark

as we are learning to forgive one another.

And surrender us not unto extinction,

but deliver us from our folly.

For thine is the beauty, and the power,

and all life, from birth to death,

from beginning to end.

So be it, forever. Blessed be.


Where do we feel most at home?

How did that become our home?

And can that be cultivated elsewhere?


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!



Mark 3:20-22, 31-35

Then he goes home, and once again a crowd gathers, so they could not even grab a bite to eat. When his relatives heard about it, they came to get him. (You see, they thought he was out of his mind.) And the scholars who had come down from Jerusalem would say, “He is under the control of Beelzebul” and He drives out demons in the name of the head demon!” (skip 3:23-30 till next week).

Then his mother and his brothers arrive. While still outside, they send in and ask for him. A crowd was sitting around him, and they say to him, “Look, your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside looking for you.”

In response he says to them: “My mother and brothers – who ever are they?” And looking right at those seated around him in a circle, he says, “Here are my mother and my brothers. Whoever does God’s will, that’s my brother and sister and mother!”


· What is up with Mr. Anti-Relatives?!

· How does this connect with the text right before where he calls 12 to be his companions, “to be sent out to speak and to have authority to drive out demons”?

· What is up with the demon focus - again?

· And what is God’s will anyway?



One: God is with us.

All: Yes she is.



Great, living God, never fully known,

joyful darkness far beyond our seeing,

closer yet than breathing,

closer yet than home,

Go with us now as we continue in openness and uncertainty, and Drink in The Spirit!