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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 Fourth Month

Stewardship of the Earth

  • Do you seek to preserve the beauty and balance of God’s world?
  • How do we use the Earth’s resources with care and consideration for future generations and with respect for all life?
  • Do you endeavor to understand the detrimental changes affecting earth systems and humanity?
  • Do you seek to meet your needs in a sustainable way by preserving resources, enhancing the health of the Earth, and by protecting the future?
  • Do we intentionally explore and live our conviction that there is that of God in all creation?
Voices

“The produce of the earth is a gift from our gracious creator to the inhabitants, and to impoverish the earth now to support outward greatness appears to an injury to the succeeding age.”
— John Woolman, c. 1760

“As a Religious Society of Friends we see the stewardship of God’s creation as a major concern. The environmental crisis is at root a spiritual and religious crisis; we are called look again at the real purpose of being on this earth, which is to till it and keep it so as to reveal the glory of God for generations to come.”
— London Yearly Meeting, 1988

“We are called to assist the Earth to heal her wounds and in the process heal our own — indeed to embrace the whole of creation in all its diversity, beauty, and wonder.”
Wangari Maathai, 2004



Calendar

Sunday, April 5
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship via Zoom
11:15 a.m. Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business via Zoom

Sunday, April 12
9:45 a.m.  Meeting for Worship via Zoom

Sunday, April 19
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship via Zoom

Sunday, April 26
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship via Zoom

Wednesday Meditation — April 8
I was talking to a friend the other day, and I mentioned Goliath to him. He had never heard the story of David and Goliath, so I gave him a brief summary. Then later on I realized that I really didn’t know the story that well, so I opened my Bible to 1 Samuel 17, and brushed up on it a bit.

We all know the ending; young David kills the giant Goliath and the Israelites defeat the Philistines. But the front of the story is what I found most interesting.

Scripture says that the two armies met at the valley of Elah.  The Philistines had one side and the Israelites occupied the other. It sounds like Goliath was some sort of mercenary, just working for the Philistines, and a giant of a man. He stood almost 10 feet tall, wore all sorts of heavy armor and carried around this big spear.

So, during this standoff, Goliath would come out every morning and evening and start yelling across the valley, taunting the Israelites. Challenging anyone to a fight, telling them they couldn’t win, and that their God wasn’t powerful enough. And he did this for 40 days.  

After a while the Israelites started to believe him and became terrified. So much so that they became paralyzed with fear, unable to make decisions and completely forgetting God’s past deliverances.

I started to think about the Goliaths in my life:  relationships that ended badly, debt, angry clients and health issues. And when they are avoided, they get bigger and scarier, and they are there every morning yelling and telling me I am weak and helpless.

But just like David said to his brothers and Saul, when a lion or bear took one of the lambs…I went and struck the lion or the bear and delivered the lamb.  The Lord will deliver and protect me from this Philistine.

Whenever I faced up to those Goliaths, they weren’t so tough.

What are the Goliaths in your life? How has God delivered you from them?

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