Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Lights, camera, god

I received a flyer in the mail inviting me to the first service of the new Momentum Church, which was to be held in the Cinemark multiplex a few miles from my home.

Who could resist?

Although I left the good congregation with the same amount of faith I had when I joined it, I have to admit that the cynic in me had a hard time faulting a group of people trying to find a glimmer of hope on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the September 11th tragedy, which, suprisingly, the preacher did not mention. I wrote a short blurb about the service anyway. You can read the words I sold to the Cleveland Free Times here.

Amen, brothers and sisters.


Toby said...

No matter how it's packaged it's still a cult. I don't understand why some people need "church" to tell them how to be good to one another.

Next door to the ghetto Pick-N-Save I shop at is a theatre to a church conversion. The theatre closed its doors shortly after opening night of the movie Colors. There was a huge riot and the theatre just couldn't recover. Hallelujah.

Denny Shane said...

I am almost speechless. One side of me says, "come on people wake the hell up... a theater?" the other half says: "why not if it's what they believe in... it's not the surroundings but the message"

But am I any different? Everyone knows I hold confessions every Sunday and Monday on my blog. Being an ordained minister and a blogger enables me to bring some peace and comfort into peoples lives without them even knowing it.

Thank you Erin for totally screwing up my Wednesday because now I don't know what the hell I'm talking about anymore. ;)

Anonymous said... place to comment on the Cleveland Free Press. How free is that. They suck for that.

timothy gager,
free man

Jozee said...

What's next- church in nightclubs?

Nice story!

zorgon said...


Worse than Monday.

I'd nip off and shoot myself now, but my religion forbids it.

Shooting off and having a nip, now, that's perfectly okay -- which is another reason why those fundies aren't Christian ...

/0.25 irish

Bostick said...

I dont even need to start on how I feel about organized cults. I am out today sick with a cold so sleep I will

n said...

I faked believing in god a few times.God could tell right away and boy oh boy did I get the cold shoulder.

n said...

P.S. again a nice piece of letters and all that. The gig sounds seedy to me.

Bunyan, Paul Bunyan said...

So God is a hep cat, I wonder if the chick in the low jeans liked men who cut down trees for kicks.

Bugwit Homilies said...

Nice job!

Sounds fine until they put the bite on you to sign over your assets and move to French Guiana!

mushroom said...

At a cineplex eh? Isnt it easier to watch that early morning church service from home? Lets not and say we did....

Erin O'Brien said...

Toby: Let's go on to the Pick-N-Save and get some hamburger. We'll grill them up at your place. Then we can go to church at the old theatre.

Father Denny: It's not necessary to know what you're talking about. I know what you're talking about so you don't have to. What?

Gager: You can email They will print your letter the following week. The Free Times is primarily a print publication. It is the Cleveland alternate weekly.

Jozee: You and me can be the alter girls. We'll wear hot pants and gogo boots. Amen!

Zorgon: Thank God you can drink.

Bostick: nite nite.

n: Was God being mean to you again? With that and the little mess in Iraq compliments of his boy Bush, I don't know what I'm going to do with him!

Paul: She's a good little girl--preacher's daughter, married to Momentum's lead minister.

Bug: So you don't think I should have shaved my head? You want some of this purple kool-aid?

Mush: Better yet, just say, "Jesus Christ," and roll over.

Jozee said...

Hot pants, gogo boots and X, requisites on the nighttime church scene from what I hear.
Might be safer to just drink at home...

Toby said...

Sounds like a plan. I got something interesting in the mail yesterday. I'll post about it over the weekend.