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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 Eighth Month

Peace

  • 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?

From Baltimore Yearly Meeting “Advices.”

Since its founding over 350 years ago, the Religious Society of Friends has testified to the worth of every individual by refusing to participate in war. We repudiate war because it violates the primacy of love, destroys lives that God has given, and tears the fabric of society. Members of our Society have traditionally refused to serve in the armed forces. The Peace Testimony is, however, more than a mere refusal to participate in war.

As we work for peace in the world, Friends need to search out the seeds of war in ourselves and in our way of life. Instead of joining in actions that may lead to destruction and death, Friends are urged to cooperate to save life and strengthen the bonds of unity among all people. Work to create the conditions of peace, such as freedom, justice, cooperation, and the right sharing of the world’s resources. Seek not only peace with one another, but peace with the earth.

Voices

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”
— Matthew 5:7-9

“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 Laurel. If I am even with my Enemy, the Debt is paid; but if I forgive it, I oblige him for ever.”
William Penn, 1682

“May we look upon our treasures, the furniture of our houses, and our garments and try whether the seeds of war have nourishment in these our possessions.”
— John Woolman, c. 1760

“Why are we here? If I understand the message of God, his response to that question is that we are to take part in the creation of the Peaceable Realm of God. Again, if I understand the message of God, how we take part in the creation of this realm is to love God with all our heart, our mind and our strength and to love our neighbors and enemies as we love God and ourselves. In its essential form, different aspects of love bring about the creation of the realm.”
Tom Fox, 2005



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.

Wednesday, August 3
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, August 7
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business

Wednesday, August 10
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, August 14
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Wednesday, August 17
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, August 21
9:00 a.m. Unity with Nature Committee meeting
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Wednesday, August 24
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, August 28
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Ministry & Worship Committee meeting
4:00 p.m. Annual summer picnic

Wednesday, August 31
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

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

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

Sunday, September 11
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Second Hour: Leadings from the Spirit: Vocal & Listening Ministries, followed by potluck

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

Sunday, September 18
8:45 a.m. Unity with Nature Committee meeting
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Nominating Committee meeting

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

Sunday, September 25
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Ministry & Oversight Committee meeting

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

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Street Address:

18204 Lincoln Road

Purcellville, VA 20132

Postal Address:

PO Box 105

Lincoln, VA 20160

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