Monday, March 7, 2011

Gaga Mass

Tonight at Community of Travelers, we actually had a Gaga Mass. What's that? I'm glad you asked, dear reader. Pastor Megan rewrote the words to some of Lady Gaga's hit songs, such as "Paparazzi" and "Telephone". Not only were the words rewritten, the songs were made acoustic and performed with just a guitar, a piano, and some passionate singing. My favorite song was "Bad Romance", mainly because this is the one the congregation sang the best.

I think if we had more practice at the other ones, we would have rocked them hard too :)

This week's discussion was on strength and vulnerability. I had no idea, but apparently God didn't tell Jesus that Jesus is God's son until long after he told everybody else (Pastor Megan talks about it starting at 0:31). I'm sure we've all been there, where everybody knows something and you're the only one who hasn't heard it from the horse's mouth, but what an intense thing to have to hear second hand!

Back to the discussion- Pastor Megan pointed out that this was a moment of both incredible strength and vulnerability for Jesus, since he had this incredible interaction with God in front of others. Pastor Megan likened it to meeting a birth father for the first time.... in front of a bunch of your followers. Talk about vulnerable! One member of the congregation pointed out (and it really resonated with me) that Lady Gaga herself is both strong and vulnerable. She puts herself out there for the world to see, regardless of what others will think of her. Some make fun of her and try to tear her down, some idolize her and put her on a pedestal. But the thing is, she's true to herself. And that can be really hard to do in a world where everybody can watch your every move via Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

If you need more Gaga, here's Pastor Megan's YouTube site.


  1. you can resize videos at youtube to fit the space better -- about 300 wide works with blogs

  2. Heh: I talked about this a few weeks ago. You actually did it! :-D

  3. If you ever actually read the Bible you would know this whole spiel about Jesus finding out God is his father is bollocks, he knew already. He also never said anything about "Being true to yourself." Stop trying to mold the Bible according to the fashion of the day and just read it as it is.

    Luke 2:41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. 43 After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44 Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”

    49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” 50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them.

    Do you understand?

  4. Amen, Astallos! This "pastor" thinks that the transfiguration was the first time God spoke to Jesus as His Son and the first time Jesus found out he was God's Son. In addition to the incident when Jesus was 12 (which clearly indicates Jesus knew of his status long before 12), we find that God spoke to Jesus and identified him as His Son much, much earlier, at the very beginning of Jesus' public ministry, i.e. his baptism. Matthew 3:13-17, Mark 1:9-11 and Luke 3:21-22 all attest to this. This woman is a FALSE TEACHER. Her fruits prove it beyond any doubt.

  5. Wow-Lady Gaga is popular with Mainline Episcopalians in San Francisco! who'd have thought it? Next you'll be telling me that they have more Democrats than Republicans in their church.