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 Twelfth Month

Community

  • Are love and unity maintained among you?
  • What helps our Meeting build trust in one another?
  • How do we get to know one another in our spiritual community and in other religious communities?
  • How do we make time in our lives for our Meeting?
  • How do our conflicts have the potential to enrich the life of our community?
Voices

“Where, then, can seeking men and women find a community in which meditation, worship, religious education of children, common undertaking and adventurous experiments, common festivals, and spiritual therapy are all going on, not as part of an expensive organized professional program, but as part of the informal natural life of a close religious fellowship.”
— Douglas V. Steere, 1940

“How can I participate in a fairer distribution of resources unless I live in a community which makes it possible to consume less? How can I learn accountability unless I live in a community where my acts and their consequences are visible to all? How can I learn to share power unless I live in a community where hierarchy is unnatural? How can I take the risks which right action demands unless I belong to a community which gives support? How can I learn the sanctity of each life unless I live in a community where we can be persons, not roles to one another?”
— Parker J. Palmer, 1977

“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
— Galatians 5:13-14 (KJV)



Calendar

Sunday, December 1
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:15 a.m. Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business

Wednesday, December 4
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Sunday, December 8
8:45 a.m. Peace & Social Concerns Committee meeting
9:45 a.m.  Meeting for Worship
11:15 a.m. Quaker meditation on the Bible: Advent

Wednesday, December 11
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Sunday, December 15
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Wednesday, December 18
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Saturday, December 21
12 noon to 3 p.m. Holiday ornament making for children

Sunday, December 22
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
6 p.m. Christmas Potluck and Carol Sing

Tuesday, December 24
7 p.m. Christmas Eve Meeting for Worship

Sunday, December 29
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:15 a.m. Ministry & Oversight Committee meeting

Street Address:

18204 Lincoln Road

Purcellville, VA 20132

Postal Address:

PO Box 105

Lincoln, VA 20160

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