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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 Ninth Month

Simplicity

  • Am I aware that the ways in which I choose to use my time, my possessions, my money, and my energy reflect my most deeply held values?
  • How do we support one another in our search for a simpler life?
  • What am I ready to release so that I can give my attention to what matters most?
  • What in my present life most distracts me from God?

From Baltimore Yearly Meeting “Advices.”

Simplicity flows from well-ordered living. It is less a matter of doing without, than a spiritual quality that simplifies our lives by putting first things first. A simple way of life, freely chosen, is a source of strength, joy, and comfort. Friends are advised to strive for simplicity in the use of our earnings and property, and in our style of living, choosing that which is simple and useful. This does not mean that life is to be poor and bare, destitute of joy and beauty. Each must determine, by the Light that is given, what promotes and what hinders the compelling search for inner peace that enables us to listen deeply to God.

The testimony of simplicity is like a bell that calls us to an awareness of the Center. It challenges us to ask ‘What matters?’

Voices

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
— Matthew 19-21

“I saw that a humble man, with the Blessing of the Lord, might live on a little, and that where the heart is set on greatness, success in business did not satisfy the craving; but that commonly with an increase of wealth, the desire for wealth increased. There was a care on my mind so to pass my time, as to things outward, that nothing might hinder me from the most steady attention to the voice of the True Shepherd.”
John Woolman, c. 1744

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”
— Hans Hoffmann, 1952

“Jesus spoke to the heart of the matter when he taught us that if the eye were single, the whole body would be full of light (Matthew 6:22). Dietrich Bonhoeffer, before he died at the hands of the Nazis, said, ‘To be simple is to fix one’s eye solely on the simple truth of God at a time when all concepts are being confused, distorted, and turned upside down.'”
Richard J. Foster, 1981



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.

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: Deep Listening: The Heart of Quaker Practice, followed by soup & bread luncheon

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

Sunday, October 2
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business

Wednesday, October 5
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, October 9
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Wednesday, October 12
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, October 16
9:00 a.m. Unity with Nature Committee meeting
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Second Hour: Convincement: Sharing our Quaker Journeys, following by potluck

Wednesday, October 19
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, October 23
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Wednesday, October 26
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, October 30
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Ministry & Worship Committee meeting

To request an email announcement or addition to the calendar, please contact us at goosecreeknews@gmail.com. Please read our Goose Creek Email Protocol for further guidance.


Street Address:

18204 Lincoln Road

Purcellville, VA 20132

Postal Address:

PO Box 105

Lincoln, VA 20160

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