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 Eighth 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 by others?
Voices

“As the worshiper sits in silence some message may arise out of the depth of the soul that by its nature is intended not simply for the worshiper but for the gathering as a whole. If it is left unexpressed, the worshiper feels burdened with a sense of omission, but if it is faithfully uttered, the worshiper feels a sense of clearness and relief. This peculiar sense of urgency is usually the sign of divine requirement. There is no sure or single test of guidance…Though a message may seem intellectually fitting it should not be given unless it glows with life.”
— Howard Brinton, 1942

“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 as 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 that might be closed to the masculine preacher.”
— Caroline Stephen, 1890

“Waiting upon the Holy Spirit in silent expectation and prayer is the basis of our meeting for worship. Vocal ministry should arise out of a sense of being inwardly moved to share a message aloud. Sometimes a message is not ripe yet, or comes clearly but is meant only for the person receiving it, not for the group. Some Friends are led to speak frequently, and others only rarely; yet the timid or brief message of one who seldom speaks may be as moving and helpful as that of a more practiced speaker. The most satisfactory vocal ministry arises out of leading that is felt in the silence so strongly that it cannot be ignored. It should be delivered with as few words as possible.”
– Baltimore Yearly Meeting, 1988



Calendar

Sunday, August 4
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:15 a.m. Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business

Wednesday, August 7
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Sunday, August 11
8:45 a.m. Peace & Social Concerns Committee meeting
9:45 a.m.  Meeting for Worship
11:15 a.m. Unity With Nature Committee hosting a screening of “From Paris to Pittsburgh”. Bring a bagged lunch.

Wednesday, August 14
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Sunday, August 18
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
4:00 p.m. Goose Creek Summer Picnic

Wednesday, August 21
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Sunday, August 25
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:15 a.m. Ministry & Oversight Committee meeting
11:15 a.m.Q&A about First Day School and teaching in First Day School

Wednesday, August 28
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Street Address:

18204 Lincoln Road

Purcellville, VA 20132

Postal Address:

PO Box 105

Lincoln, VA 20160

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