World Quaker Day

For World Quaker Day we asked those involved with the meeting to bring a friend or neighbour to meeting.  It turned out to be a good way to help those who come but rarely to come as well.

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Among the spoken contributions in worship were two of the Advices and Queries (8 and 9)

Worship is our response to an awareness of God. We can worship alone, but when we join with others in expectant waiting we may discover a deeper sense of God’s presence. We seek a gathered stillness in our meetings for worship so that all may feel the power of God’s love drawing us together and leading us.

In worship we enter with reverence into communion with God and respond to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Come to meeting for worship with heart and mind prepared. Yield yourself and all your outward concerns to God’s guidance so that you may find ‘the evil weakening in you and the good raised up’.

Quakers have different views about what words to use about the power that draws us together, and what leads us.  There is a time and place for that discussion.  But more important is that we feel that communion and take it out into the world.  We can feel, like Robert Barclay, a Quaker more than 300 years ago, meeting together raising us up.

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