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Goose Creek Friends Meeting

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

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oose Creek is a warm and welcoming community where we support each other in our shared journeys of the Spirit. We believe, in the words of the Quaker writer Thomas Kelly, that “deep within us all there is an amazing inner sanctuary of the soul, a holy place, a Divine Center, a speaking Voice, to which we may continuously return.” In our worship and in our daily lives we seek to remain always with our hearts turned toward that Divine Center.

Quakerism is not defined by creeds or doctrine. Rather it is a lived spiritual practice where we seek God in our experiences and live out our faith in our shared world. We believe that there is that of God within each and every human being – adults and children – regardless of faith, race, nationality, sexual orientation, or life experiences. We are called to answer that Divine spark, that Light Within, both in ourselves and in others.

We welcome all seekers, find deep kinship in our shared humanity, and value our differences.



Queries for Twelfth Month

Vocal Ministry

  • How do I discern when to speak and when not to speak, both in Meeting and elsewhere?
  • How do we encourage Friends to allow ample time to absorb the previous message before speaking?
  • How do I practice listening to the Truth which may be revealed to others?

From Baltimore Yearly Meeting “Advices.”

Once Meeting begins, take time to enter fully into the spirit of worship. Gently offer up distractions as you center down and open yourself to the workings of the Spirit. Come to Meeting with neither a resolve to speak, not a determination not to speak, but rather with an attitude of expectant waiting and openness.

If you feel moved to speak, take a moment to test your leading. Is your message from the Spirit, or somewhere else? If is from God, is it meant only for yourself, or for the entire Meeting?…Remember that silence is not just the space between messages, but a deep and living communion with the ‘Spirit which gives life.’ Your silent prayer and openness to God are themselves a form of ministry that enriches the Meeting community. Allow adequate time between spoken messages, so that all may listen to God and truly hear the previous message.

Remember that our manner of worship is ultimately a mystery under the direction of the Spirit. Each Meeting for Worship is a spiritual adventure, unique and unpredictable. Let us remember in humility, as Isaac Penington wrote, that ‘the end of words is to bring us to the knowledge of things beyond what words can utter.’ Know that you are a channel for the Light. If you have a deep sense of the urging of the Spirit, consider your obligation to pass the message on.

Voices

“Our worship is our gift to God,
Ministry through words is God’s gift to us. As we seek the Presence,
Let us honor these gifts by testing our leadings to speak,
Discerning that they are truly guided by the Holy Spirit
That they are messages for the assembled body
And not for ourselves alone.
And by allowing each message to settle
Into the heart of those who need it
By keeping silence between each ministry.
Let us allow ourselves to be gathered
By the power and grace of the light.”
— Friends General Conference, 1995

“In Friends’ meetings also, from the fact that everyone is free to speak, one hears harmonies and correspondences between very various utterances such as are scarcely to be met elsewhere. It is sometimes a part-singing compared with unison. The free admission of the ministry of women, of course, greatly enriches this harmony. I have often wondered whether some of the motherly counsels I have listened to in our meeting would not reach some hearts more that might be closed to the masculine preacher.”
— Caroline E. Stephen, 1890

“Near evening I was at [a meeting with Indians], where the pure Gospel love was felt, to the tendering some of our hearts; and the interpreters endeavoring to acquaint the people with what I said, in short sentences, found some difficulty, as none of them were quite perfect in the English and Delaware tongues, so they helped one another and we laboured along, Divine Love attending. Afterward, feeling my mind covered with the spirit of prayer, I told the interpreters that I found it in my heart to pray to God, and believed if I prayed aright, he would hear me, and expressed my willingness for them to omit interpreting; so our meeting ended with a degree of divine love. Before the people went out I observed Papunechang.. spoke to one of the interpreters; and I was afterward told that he said in substance; ‘I love to feel where words come from.”
John Woolman, c. 1760

“Gradually I realized that the most powerful ministry is a wordless radiation of the Love of God. As I began to experience this secret, undramatic, invisible ministry flowing out from me, I realized that my sometimes dramatic gifts in the ministry had depended all along on the secret, silent ministry of a woman here or a man there who never spoke in meeting. With humility I came to understand how their ministry of being deeply present to God and then radiating the Love of Jesus Christ is the. most important ministry of all, for it helps everyone in the meeting to come into a state of living communion and transformation. Words are important of course — they can be a matter of life and death — but they are only words. What really counts is the powerful transformation of human character which can occur in a meeting deeply gathered into the body of Christ.”
— Bill Taber, 1998



Calendar

The Goose Creek meeting house is open for in-person worship. Masking is optional. We are also continuing to offer Meeting for Worship via Zoom. Please use the link below to join us at 9:45 a.m. if you prefer to worship online.

Link for Meeting for Worship:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83350737205?pwd=Z0pNM2xZRTBpSDQwa2ZaMmRiRHM0UT09

Meeting ID: 833 5073 7205
Passcode: 061785

For all other virtual gatherings listed in the calendar, please request link at gcmmlincoln@gmail.com.

Sunday, December 4
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business

Wednesday, December 7
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, December 11
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Second Hour: How are Quakers called to celebrate Christmas? A soup and bread luncheon to follow.

Wednesday, December 14
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, December 18
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
4:30 p.m. Bonfire
6:00 p.m. Christmas potluck and carol-sing

Wednesday, December 21
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, December 24
7:00 p.m.. Christmas Eve Meeting for Worship

Sunday, December 25
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Wednesday, December 28
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, January 1
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business

Wednesday, January 4
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, January 8
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Second Hour: Spiritual State of the Meeting

Wednesday, January 11
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, January 15
9:00 a.m. Unity with Nature Committee meeting
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Wednesday, January 18
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, January 22
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Threshing session about right use of Meeting’s resources.

Wednesday, January 25
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, January 29
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Ministry & Worship Committee meeting

To request an email announcement or addition to the calendar, please contact us at goosecreeknews@gmail.com. Please read our Goose Creek Email Protocol for further guidance.


Street Address:

18204 Lincoln Road

Purcellville, VA 20132

Postal Address:

PO Box 105

Lincoln, VA 20160

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