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Jesus and Joe: Spirit moves participants at faith-based coffeehouse in Clinton

Margaret Smith

On a rainy Saturday night, a small but steadily growing crowd gathered inside the First Congregational Church for snacks, sharing and inspiration set to sound.

Sitting at circular tables decorated with candles and flower pieces, they listened as Inner Seed – the duo of keyboardist and lead vocalist Mike Pomeroy of Whitinsville and drummer and bass guitarist Kevin Avery of Worcester – took the stage.

“Hope you like to sing along,” Pomeroy said as he and Avery played an upbeat “I Am Free,” with a catchy rhythm and stirring lyrics of spiritual liberation.

The band is a musical ministry, with songs devoted to Christian belief.

“Now is the time to worship,” Pomeroy said.

Pomeroy punctuated each song with a heartfelt “Amen,” and at one point even came down from the stage to wander among the tables while Avery played acoustic guitar.

For the band – and the audience – the idea of worship is an active one that has grown far beyond sitting passively in pews on Sunday.

Their songs speak of how the band sees faith at work in friendships, relationships, in good times and in life’s more challenging moments.