Saturday, December 12, 2009

December 12, 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 food and drinks, doodle, and express yourself 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.


Holy Spirit, in Jesus the Anointed one you took flesh and dwelt among us, offering us an embodied witness to a divine way of living and relating in this world. May we be inspired to follow, to act, and to share this table in openness and truth, so that the fruits of this gathering may be loving friendship and new life.


What do we wish we had enough trust in?


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 6:30-45

Then the apostles regrouped around Jesus and they reported to him everything that they had done and taught.

And he says to them, “You come privately to an isolated place and rest a little.” (Remember, many were coming and going and they didn’t even have a chance to eat.)

So they went away in a boat privately to an isolated place. But many noticed them leaving and figured it out and raced there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. When he came ashore, he saw a huge crowd and was moved by them, because they ‘resembled sheep without a shepherd,’ and he started teaching them at length.

And when the hour had already grown late, his disciples would approach him and say, “This place is desolate and it’s late. Send them away so that they can go to the farms and villages around here to buy something to eat.”

But in response he said to them, “Give them something to eat yourselves!”

And they say to him, “Are we to go out and buy half a year’s wages worth of bread and donate it for the mean?!”

So he says to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go look.”

And when they find out, they say, “Five, and two fish.”

Next he instructs them all to sit down and eat, some over here, some over there, on the green grass. So they sat down group by group, in hundreds and in fifties. And he took the five loaves and the two fish, looked up to the sky, gave a blessing, and broke the bread apart, and started giving it to his disciples to pass around to them, and even the two fish they shared with everyone. Everybody had more than enough to eat. Then they picked up twelve baskets full of leftovers, including some fish. And the number of men who had some bread came to five thousand.

And right away he made his disciples embark in the boat and go ahead to the opposite shore toward Bethsaida, while he himself dispersed the crowd. And once he got away from them, he went off to the mountain to pray.

Silent Meditation: Be still and aware of the Divine presence within and all around us as we prepare for our conversation.


God is with us.

Yes she is.


v Dec. 26th and Jan. 2 at

v John Gerard plays Tommy Doyle’s 12/15, 9:00pm


Go tell the earth to shake with marching feet

Of messengers of peace

For the old wrongs are over

The old days are gone

A new world is rising

Where god’s people shall be one.

Today is the beginning of everything.

Go in peace, with new life, and Drink in the Spirit!


By John