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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 Fifth 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?
  • 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?

From Baltimore Yearly Meeting “Advices.”

Since its founding over 350 years ago, the Religious Society of Friends has testified to the worth of every individual by refusing to participate in war. We repudiate war because it violates the primacy of love, destroys lives that God has given, and tears the fabric of society.

The Peace Testimony is, however, more than a mere refusal to participate in war. George Fox’s assertion that he “lived in that light and power that takes away the occasion for war” and John Woolman’s advice that we “examine our lives to see that the seeds of war are not contained therein” firmly established connections between this and other testimonies. As we work for peace in the world, Friends need to search out the seeds of war in ourselves and in our way of life.

Voices

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

“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 forever.”
— William Penn, 1682

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

“George Fox did not say that he believed war to be wrong, or that in his opinion brute force never settled anything; he went straight to the heart of the matter and said that he ‘lived in the virtue of that life and power that took away the occasion of all wars.’ To uphold such a testimony involved a dedicated life. the Quaker peace testimony is more than a repudiation of war, and more than a denial of the use of force; it is a way of life to which we must be faithful in small things as well as in great, in our human relationships, our business and social activities, and in the life and witness of our meetings.”
Elfrida Vipont Foulds, 1966



Calendar

Friends and visitors are also invited to join us for our hybrid Meeting for Worship at 9:45 a.m. each Sunday. If you would like to participate online, please use the link below.

Link for Meeting for Worship:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83350737205?pwd=Z0pNM2xZRTBpSDQwa2ZaMmRiRHM0UT09

Meeting ID: 833 5073 7205
Passcode: 061785

For all other online gatherings listed in the calendar, please request link at gcmmlincoln@gmail.com.

Help us extend hospitality to Friends and visitors! Sign up to provide after-meeting refreshments here.

Sunday, May 5
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business

Saturday, May 11
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Forest Therapy: Embracing our Mother — Friends Wilderness Center

Sunday, May 12
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Tuesday, May 14
7:30 a.m. Rolling Ridge Bird Walk — Friends Wilderness Center

Thursday, May 16
7:30 p.m. Unity with Nature online monthly guided nature meditation

Sunday, May 19
8:45 a.m. Unity with Nature Committee meeting
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Saturday, May 25
9:00 a.m. Spring into Summer volunteer day — Friends Wilderness Center

Sunday, May 26
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Ministry & Worship Committee meeting

Saturday, June 1
All day. Baltimore Yearly Meeting interim meeting at Goose Creek.

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

Sunday, June 9
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Book Sunday & ice cream social
11:30 a.m. Second Hour: Quaker process & parenting

Tuesday, June 11
7:30 a.m. Rolling Ridge Bird Walk — Friends Wilderness Center

Sunday, June 16
8:45 a.m. Unity with Nature Committee meeting
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
4:00 p.m. Music jam

Thursday, June 20
7:30 p.m. Unity with Nature online monthly guided nature meditation

Saturday, June 22
6:00 p.m. Fireflies & Full Moon, Night Hike, Drum Circle & Campfire — Friends Wilderness Center

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

Thursday, June 27
12 noon. Sourcing the Fire’s 9-Day Vision Fast & Retreat — Friends Wilderness Center

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

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Street Address:

18204 Lincoln Road

Purcellville, VA 20132

Postal Address:

PO Box 105

Lincoln, VA 20160

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