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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

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

“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 a leading that is felt in the silence so strongly that ti cannot be ignored. It should be delivered with a few words as possible, yet as many as necessary.”
— Baltimore Yearly Meeting, 1988

“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 a 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 a 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

“Our worship is a gift to God,
Ministry through words is God’s gift to us.
As we seek the Presence,
Let us honor these gifts by testing our leadings to speak,
Discerning that they are truly guided by the Holy Spirit
That they are messages for the assembled body
And not ourselves along,
And by allowing each message to settle
Into the heart of those who need it
By keeping silence between each ministry.
By keeping silence between each ministry,
Let us allow ourselves to be gathered
By the power and grace of the light.”
— Friends General Conference, 1995



Calendar

Goose Creek is currently offering Meeting for Worship from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Sundays via Zoom. The Zoom link is shared weekly via the Goose Creek listserv and group email. To request the Zoom link for Meeting for Worship, please contact us at gcmmlincoln@gmail.com

Outdoor worship is also available on the lawn at Goose Creek each Sunday at 9:45, with the exception of the first Sunday of each month.

If you plan to worship outside at Goose Creek, please read these guidelines ahead of time.

Street Address:

18204 Lincoln Road

Purcellville, VA 20132

Postal Address:

PO Box 105

Lincoln, VA 20160

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