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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 First Month

Social Concerns

  • How do I express my faith in action? How are my actions grounded in my faith?
  • Is my sense of justice based in love?
  • Do I endeavor to face the pain of the world and respond to it with forgiveness and compassion?
  • Are you concerned for those in our society who are disadvantaged?
  • Do I make an idol of that which I am led to defend?
  • How do I avoid demonizing those who march against my concerns?
  • Do I take my full share of responsibility?
  • Do I avoid partisan assumptions and rhetoric?
Voices

“What use is it my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,’ and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.”
— James 2:14-17 (NASB)

“True godliness don’t turn men out of the world, but enables them to live better in it, and excites their endeavor to mend it: not hide their candle under a bushel, but set it upon a table in a candlestick.”
— William Penn, 1682

“When Joseph Hoag in 1812 was pleading his peace principles a man in his audience said, ‘Well, stranger, if all the world was of your mind, I would turn and follow after,’ Joseph replied, ‘So then thou hast a mind to be the last man in the world to be good. I have a mind to be one of he first and set the rest an example.’ (Hoag’s Journal, 1861)
— Howard H. Brinton, 1967

“Our witness will lack in power unless it springs from our deep spiritual communion with the divine presence and with one another. We were made for that community and it alone will satisfy the deepest longings of our hearts.”
— Marcelle Martin, 2003



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 on the lawn at Goose Creek in January and February is at the discretion of individual Friends. There will be no Facing Bench.
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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