Last night we had our first "God on Tap" night at Grumpy Doyle’s Pub in Reading. We had a great time with about twenty people at two tables.
I have to admit I was a little anxious about it. I wasn’t sure who would come or what we would talk about. And so, leaving nothing to chance, I had a plan for focusing our conversation. It was this picture I saw on the door at Starbucks· couple months ago. When I saw it, it immediately struck me that when Starbucks says “Take Comfort in Rituals” its totally cool. When the church says it just sounds old, boring, and placating.
But it got me thinking about the rituals in our daily lives we take comfort in - and that reminded me of the wonderful reflections from Kathleen Norris in The Quotidian Mysteries, about how the the rituals in our daily lives function much they way that the liturgy does. They create a rhythm, they bear us along. Oftentimes, even the annoying rituals and routines of our lives give it shape, meaning, and focus. In short, our lives are a liturgy, and the liturgy of the church is one part of it.
Yeah, we didn’t use any of that. And if you want me to send you the cards I printed with the picture and some questions on the back, just give me your address.
But here’s the thing. We talked about God all night.