Meeting for Worship
It is sometimes said that Friends today worship the silence, but many of us are aware that what we have in the silence is an expectation. There is an urge inside many of us not for the silence but for the expectation that we can experience the presence of God. Our focus on the Light, the divine seed in us all, presses in on our attention. We need to sharpen this expectation and query one another about how we quicken it. We are a Religious Society of Friends; we are not an ethical culture society. For some, sitting in corporate worship opens silence as a new experience. At their first Meeting for Worship, they feel very much as if they had come to their spiritual home. For others, it takes many visits. Continue reading
The Meeting has approved the installation of a hearing loop, and work has begun to acquire the equipment and get it installed. Hopefully it will be in place later this spring. A detailed new bench arrangement is before the Meeting, so on approval we can begin refurbishing the benches that require work. The Meeting will hold a potluck supper on April 29 to celebrate and explore our new minute on spirit and nature, which we hope to send to the wider Quaker community. The following day will be our annual spring cleanup, to ready the grounds for the summer months when we are able to worship on our porch.
To sustain spiritual life, we need one another’s eyes and hearts as surely as we need help creating food and shelter. This reflection and encouragement is no small thing. As Adrienne Rich says, “Truthfulness, honor, is not something that springs ablaze of itself, it has to be created between people.” – Jack Kornfield, After the Ecstasy, the Laundry
Our report represents a rich mosaic of voices representing the breadth of experience within the Meeting community and the depth of our listening to the living Presence in our midst. First gathered from a worship sharing experience, thoughts were edited into topic paragraphs by the Ministry and Counsel committee and perfected in Meeting for Business.
We are actively pursuing the Godly Play program for First Day School. We had a very inspiring demonstration given by FGC. The Meeting House grounds suffered tree damage in the resent heavy snows. Clearing work should be completed shortly; in time for the outdoor worship we enjoy so much.