Friday, October 30, 2009

October 31, 2009 Gathering


Music by Maggie Keelan


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.


From HRC Out with Scripture

Jesus the Annointed, we remember you on this day of the dead. You risked it all to love those who hated you. You present us with a great cloud of saints who have gone before us as

witnesses to divine love.

Lure us to love as you did, and as they did,

with reckless abandon and holy wisdom.

Give us courage when standing for love’s demands.

Provide us the strength to persevere

even in those times

when it means risking it all.


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 Maggie


A Reflection by Carter Hayward

Among spiritual qualities, why is humility one of the hardest to practice and yet probably the easiest to imitate? Genuine humility is a gift from God that has nothing to do with downcast eyes, a misty voice and noble stories of sacrifice. Humility is, rather, living courageously in a spirit of radical connectedness with others, which enables us to see ourselves as God sees us; interrelated to one another and with the Divine, each of us deeply valued and worthy of respect as every other.

A truly humble person does not deny their self-interest but rather strives to realize how their interests are connected with the well-being of others, all others, not just those most like themselves. A genuinely humble woman does not seek to play herself down, as if she should be small and insignificant next to others, but rather is able to love herself fiercely and struggles to extend this strong love to all others by advocating for their dignity and well-being.


· Initial thoughts?

· How have we understood humility?

· Do we know any such people? Any such saints?


God is with us.

Yes she is.



Spirit of the Earth, May beauty emerge within us.

May the vivid colors of our gifts come into view.

May the branches of our souls

reveal our essential core of goodness.

Great Spirit of Autumn, Grant us courage to live your wisdom and witness your beauty.

May we discover moments of rest

and a harvest of nourishment.

Great Spirit of Autumn,

Wind of Heaven,

Spirit of the Earth,

Thank you.

Now let us go in peace and think in the Spirit!