Goose Creek Friends Meeting

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Lincoln,Virginia

Where we nurture that of God in everyone.

Welcome!

Goose 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.

Please join us for Meeting for Worship

Sundays 9:45 am

Children always welcome!

Directions

How does my life reflect "the virtue of that life and power which takes away the occasion for war?

Where there are hatred, division, and strife, how are we instruments of reconciliation and love?

How do our lives illustrate our understanding of the basis of our peace testimony?

As we work for peace, are we nourished by peace within and among ourselves?

How do we regard those we believe have harmed us or others? How does this affect our spiritual lives?

Queries for Ninth Month (September):

Peace

Voices

"George Fox did not say that he believed war to be wrong, or that in his opinion brute force never settled anything; he went straight to the heart of the matter and said that he 'lived in the virtue of that life and power that took away the occasion of all wars.' To uphold such a testimony is  more than an repudiation of war, and more than a denial of the use of force; it is a way of life to which we must be faithful in small things as well as in great, in our human relationships, our business and social activities, and in the life and witness of our meetings."

-- Elfrida Vipont Foulds, 1966.

 

"We are too ready to retaliate, rather than forgive, or gain by Love and Information. And yet we could hurt no Man that we believe loves us. Let us then try what Love will do: For if Men did once see we Love them, we should soon find they would not harm us. Force may subdue, but Love gains: And he that forgives first, wins the Lawrel. If I am even with my Enemy, the Debt is paid; but if I forgive it, I oblige him forever."

-- William Penn, 1682

 

"May we look upon our treasures, the furniture of our houses, and our garments and try whether the sees of war have nourishment in these our possessions."

-- John Woolman, c. 1760

 

Sunday, September 2

9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship

11 a.m. Meeting for Worship with a Concern or Business

 

Wednesday, September 6

7 p.m. Discussion Group

 

Sunday, September 10

9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship

11 a.m. Quakerism: Meeting for Worship

 

Wednesday, September 13th

7 p.m. Discussion Group

 

Sunday, September 17

9:00 a.m. Unity With Nature Committee meeting

9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship

 

Wednesday, September 20

7 p.m. Discussion group

 

Sunday, September 24

9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship

11 a.m. Ministry & Oversight Committee meeting

 

Wednesday, September 27

7 p.m. Discussion group

 

 

 

 

Calendar: September 2017

Street Address:

18204 Lincoln Road

Purcellville, VA 20132

Meeting for Worship

Sundays 9:45 a.m

Children Welcome

Postal Address:

PO Box 105

Lincoln, VA 20160