Friday, February 26, 2010

February 28, 2010 Gathering


Music by John Gerard


Welcome to The Pub Church! As a church in a pub, the Spirit is with us. So feel free to move about as the Spirit inspires and express yourself openly!

We come together with all our diversity and everything that we bring is welcome. We pray that in coming together and sharing our differences with one another and with Spirit, we participate in a new divine reality. We are in sacred space.


From Walking the Coast, by Kenneth White

the pebble of rough

and unprepossessing stone

the harsh dull case

splits open

to reveal

the lovely agate crystal

the boulder

cut asunder

shows a blue-gleaming layer of amethyst –

there is a principle

of beauty and order

at the heart of chaos

within life there is life

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it”


What are the “harsh dull cases” in our lives

that may be hiding beauty and life?


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!


Happy Birthday John!


Reading from The Book of Creation, by Phillip Newell

And God said, “Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.”

(Genesis 1:6)

If the ‘first day’ of creation is compared to the cosmic burst of light at life’s initial moment, the ‘second day’ can be viewed as the ongoing explosion of elemental particles hurtling through space. There is nothing neat and tidy about this mighty creative energy.

Like nature, God’s wildness is unrestrainable. The book of Genesis portrays all things as born out of the wild wind that swept over the face of the waters. Do we think that we can have creativity without such turbulence? Are we expecting it to be entirely different in our lives? Can creativity emerge without surges of unordered energy rising from the unknown depths within us?

Part of what we fear, of course, is the uncontrollableness of wildness. We have witnessed it from afar in places of terrible violence in our world. We have experienced it in ourselves and in our relationships when the eruption of unexpected passion has led us along self-destructive paths.

Have we thereby come to believe that wildness is essentially harmful, to be suppressed at all costs? What we need to reclaim is its creativity. At the beginning of life a mighty wind swept over the face of the deep. Creation emerges from this troubling of the waters. Yes, of course wildness can be destructive. We know that. But do we know also that the wildness that is at the heart of creativity, like the passion that is at the beginning of life’s conception? If we deny these depths of wildness the unsettled waters within us will turn to destructive rather than creative energy.

Whether emotionally or sexually or artistically, when fear suppresses the energies in us that have their origin in the wildness of God, they will be turned into forces of death rather than vitality.

Silent Meditation: Be still and aware of the Divine presence within and all around us…


God is with us.

Yes she is.


v Wednesday Open Conversations

v Peter Rollins

v 3/6 Happy Hour, 3/13 Andrew



By John