Worship, according to the ancient practice of the Religious Society of Friends, is entirely without any human direction or supervision. A group of devout persons come together and sit down quietly with no prearrangement, each seeking to have an immediate sense of the divine leading and to know at first hand the presence of the Living Christ.
It is not wholly accurate to say that the Meeting is held on the basis of silence: it is more accurate to say that it is held on the basis of Holy Obedience.
Those who enter such a meeting can harm it in two specific ways; first, by an advance determination to speak; and second, by an advance determination to keep silent. The only way in which such a worshiper can help such a Meeting is by an advance determination to try to be responsive in listening to the still small voice and doing whatever may be commanded. Such a Meeting is always a high venture of faith and it is to this venture we invite you.
Worship in silence is based on the expectation that the Divine teaches us inwardly. By listening with an open heart, we invite the Spirit to lead us to the deeper springs of love, energy, Light, and the Christ Within.
We are practicing Christ's teaching that wherever two or three are gathered in His name, He will be present in our midst. Our spiritual task during worship is to be responsive in listening to the still small voice within, and in doing whatever it may command of us. Here are some ways to prepare for that special kind of listening: Settle your body comfortably. Some people consciously relax the various parts of the body, in turn. Then begin to settle your mind. There are many different ways to do this.
Some repeat a familiar prayer or Bible verse or a single word. Some pay attention to their breathing or heart beat. You may look at your life and ask what lessons you can draw from various incidents.
You may consider your experience of the Divine, how it has touched and led you. You may pray. The silent periods in the worship allow the power of God's love to draw the soul to the highest level of human experience.
If God gives someone a message to be shared, it may be spoken aloud for all to hear. This vocal prayer often deepens the communion and expresses the aspirations and needs of the group. All of the things which can happen in a structured church service happen here, but inwardly, without the visible rituals. We are called into God's presence to give praise and thanks for all we have been given.
We confess our shortcomings and strayings from the path God opens for us. We ask for divine assistance, and we experience the blessings of communion with God together, as a faith community. Meeting for Worship ends with the clerk or some other deated Friend shaking hands with someone. This is the al for everyone to shake hands and greet the people sitting nearby. Then the person who closes the meeting asks if there are people we need to hold in prayer.
Time is allowed for requests. Visitors are invited to introduce themselves, and also to the book on the hall table. Please us for food and fellowship following Meeting; this is a good time to ask questions and learn more about Friends' faith and practices.
Meeting for worship will move to the Church of the Covenant starting 7th Month, 18th Day. Please us in our new space! Beginning Wednesday, 17 March from pm to pm, we will be reading aloud together from The Essential Elias Hicks. Some of you may have taken advantage of this course last spring, but if you did not, it is being offered again from 26 April to 16 May.
The course is free. The key instructor is Ben Pink Dandelion, who is an instructor at Woodbrooke Quaker Centre and frequent author of books on Quaker history and theology. A of other scholars of the early Friends movement also participate. Many of the sessions are held at historic locations Pendle Hill, Swarthmore Hall, Firbank Fell so you also get a visual picture of where early Quaker history evolved.
We are not for names, nor men, nor titles of Government, nor are we for this party nor against the other, but we are for justice and mercy and truth and peace and true freedom, that these may be exalted in our nation, and that goodness, righteousness, meekness, temperance, peace and unity with God, and with one another, that these things may abound.
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