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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 Eleventh Month

Peace

  • How does my life reflect ‘the virtue of that life and power which takes away the occasion for war?
  • Where there are hatred, division, and strife, how are we instruments of reconciliation and love?
  • How do our lives illustrate our understanding of the basis of our peace testimony?
  • As we work for peace, are we nourished by peace within and among ourselves?
  • How do we regard those we believe have harmed us or others? How does this affect our spiritual lives?
Voices

“We are too ready to retaliate, rather than forgive, or gain by Love and Information. And yet we could hurt no Man that we believe loves us. Let us then try what Love will do: For if Men did once see we Love them, we should soon find they would not harm us. Force may subdue, but Love gains: And he that forgives first, wins the Laurel. If I am even with my Enemy, the Debt is paid; but if I forgive it, I oblige him for ever.”
William Penn, 1682

“May we look upon our treasures, the furniture of our houses, and our garments and try (to discover) whether the seeds of war have nourishment in these our possessions.”
— John Woolman, c. 1760

“We cannot have peace if we are only concerned with peace. War is not an accident. It is the logical outcome of a certain way of life. If we want to attack war, we have to attack the way of life.”
— A.J. Muste, c. 1967

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.”
— Matthew 5:7-9 (NRSV)



Calendar

Goose Creek is currently offering Meeting for Worship from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Sundays in two ways:

Via Zoom, every Sunday. 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

In person, outdoors on the lawn at Goose Creek, every Sunday EXCEPT the first Sunday of the month.
If you plan to join us for outdoor worship, 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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