Saturday, August 22, 2009

August 22, 2009 Gathering


Music 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, help yourself to 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 Donald Jeffrey Hayes, Earth Prayers, p155

Do not stifle me with the strange scent of low growing mountain lilies – do not confuse me with salubrious odor of honeysuckle!

I cannot separate in my mind

Sweetness from sweetness – Mimosa from wild white violets; Magnolia from Cape Jasmine!

I am from the north tide country, I can understand only the scent of seaweed; Salt marsh and scrub pine riding on the breath of an amorous fog!

O do not confuse me

With sweetness upon sweetness;

Let me escape safely from this gentle madness –

Let me go back to the salt of sanity

in the scent of the sea…!


I see you!

I am here!


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!


By John


Mark 4:35-41 (end of Ch. 4)

Later in the day, when evening had come, he says to them, “Let’s go across on the other side.”

After sending the crowd away, they took him along since he was in the boat, and other boats accompanied him. Then a great squall comes up and the waves begin to pound against the boat, so that the boat suddenly began to fill up. He was in the stern sleeping on a cushion. And they wake him up and say to him, “Teacher, don’t you care that we are going to drown?

Then he got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Be quiet, and shut up!” The wind then died down and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you so cowardly? You still don’t trust, do you?”

And they were completely terrified and would say to one another, “Who can this fellow be, that even the wind and sea obey him?”


· Thoughts on today’s reading?

· Who is this ‘fellow’ anyway???

· What do they find so terrifying?


God is with us.

Yes she is.



And now may the Goddess bless you all and bless you kindly – Be at Peace and Drink in the Spirit!


By John