Friends General Conference

Together we nurture the spiritual vitality of Friends

1. Worship

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You are invited to join us in Meeting for Worship each First Day (Sunday) at 10:00 a.m.  All are welcome! Childcare is provided.  Healing circle and snacks follow worship.

Meeting for Worship begins in silence, and is unprogrammed.  We gather, quiet our minds, open our hearts, and settle into a reverent and expectant silence to wait upon the Light.  We believe that in this opening of our hearts to the Spirit, we are contributing to the common worship of all present, as well as to our own renewal.  We have no minister, as we believe the Light is directly available to all, and all may minister.  This time may pass in silence, or individuals may be moved to speak briefly out of the silence.  Leaving a space of time between each person speaking allows the ministry of each to be respectfully heard.

Our Meeting for Worship is unprogrammed; there is no set order.  We wait and listen together in silence, seeking divine guidance or inspiration from a source known among us by many names: the Light; the Truth; God; the Inward Christ; the Seed; the Word; Jesus; the Lord; the Universe; Wisdom.

Worship begins as the first worshippers settle into the silence in the meeting room.  Some of us find it helpful to close our eyes for most or all of the worship hour to reduce distractions and increase our focus on the presence of God among us.  During worship, Friends focus on the Divine and may meditate, pray silently, inwardly offer praise or thanksgiving or confession to the Spirit, or reflect on a passage from the Bible or other spiritual reading.

While waiting in the silence, a person may be moved by the Spirit to offer spoken ministry.  After someone speaks, we observe a period of silence to allow time for each of us to listen deeply to the meaning and spirit behind the words.  When compelled by the Light to speak, one stands and speaks clearly.  Messages are usually brief and offered without preparation or elaboration.  Worshipful vocal ministry arises from the Spirit and not from a personal need to reply, discuss, debate, or instruct.

Worship ends when an appointed person shakes the hand of another person seated nearby.  At that signal, we shake hands and greet each other.