Goose Creek Friends Meeting

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Welcome


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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 Sixth Month

Social Concerns

  • How do I express my faith in action? How are my actions grounded in my faith?
  • Is my sense of justice based in love?
  • Do I endeavor to face the pain of the world and respond to it with forgiveness and compassion?
  • Are you concerned for those in our society who are disadvantaged?
  • Do I make an idol of that which I am led to defend?
  • How do I avoid demonizing those who march against my concern?
  • Do I take my full share of civic responsibility?
  • Do I avoid partisan assumptions and rhetoric?
Voices

“True godliness don’t turn men out of the world, but enables them to live better in it, and excites their endeavor to mend it: not hide their candle under a bushel, but set it upon a table in a candlestick.”
— William Penn, 1642

“What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has not works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,’ and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.”
— James 2:14-17

“When Joseph Hoag in 1812 was pleading his peace principles a man in the audience said, ‘Well, stranger, if all the world was of your mind, I would turn and follow after.’ Joseph replied, ‘So then thou has a mind to be the last man in the world to be good. I have a mind to be one of the first and set the rest an example.’ (from Hoag’s Journal, 1861)”
– Howard H. Brinton, 1967

“Jesus’s ministry made clear that acts of reconciliation, of healing, and of service nurture the Seed and extend the Gospel. He demonstrated that the religious life is incomplete without the religious act, the practice of worship sterile without the practice of loving concern for distressed people. The truth He demonstrated has caused Friends to make labor in the areas of their social concerns an essential part of their religious life.”
– New England Yearly Meeting, 1985



Calendar

Sunday, June 2
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:15 a.m. Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business

Wednesday, June 5
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Sunday, June 9
8:45 a.m. Peace & Social Concerns Committee meeting
9:45 a.m.  Meeting for Worship
11:15 a.m. Quaker Meditation on Scripture

Wednesday, June 12
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Saturday, June 15
BYM Interim Meeting, Friends Meeting of Washington

Sunday, June 16
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Wednesday, June 19
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Sunday, June 23
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Wednesday, June 26
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Sunday, June 31
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:15 a.m. Ministry & Oversight Committee Meeting

Street Address:

18204 Lincoln Road

Purcellville, VA 20132

Postal Address:

PO Box 105

Lincoln, VA 20160

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