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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

Meeting for Worship

  • Do I prepare my heart and mind to receive the power of God’s presence and love?
  • How does worship deepen my relationship with the Divine? How is this inspiration carried over into my daily life?
  • Are our Meetings for Worship held in expectant waiting for Divine guidance?
  • How does our worship inspire our Meeting’s activities?

From Baltimore Yearly Meeting “Advices.”

Meeting for Worship is the heart of every Friends Meeting. Baltimore Yearly Meeting generally has unprogrammed worship based on waiting in silence, and founded on faith that human beings can commune directly with God. In expectant silence we strive to center inwardly. Each is aided by the seeking of others, so that worship becomes a corporate experience.
Friends approach Meeting for Worship confidently, believing that God speaks directly to us, revealing Divine Will and guiding those who listen. Each worshiper becomes a listener ready to receive God’s message, which may come in the silence or in spoken words. The Divine manifests itself to individuals in many ways.

Voices

“Friends, meet together and know one another in that which is eternal, which was before the world was.”
— George Fox, 1657

“For when I came into the silent assemblies of God’s people I felt a secret power among them which touched my heart; and as I gave way unto it I found the evil weakening in me and the good raised up; and so I became thus knit and united unto them, hungering more and more after the increase of this power and life, whereby I might feel myself perfectly redeemed.”
Robert Barclay, 1678

“Do you come to Meeting for Worship with heart and mind prepared? What is the preparation that readies us…for the life and power of the seed? It is not simply a matter of arriving for meeting on time, though with our hectic lives even that is not always easy. Preparation for worship is a life that integrates prayer, meditation, edifying reading, and deep conversation into the busy routines that most of us pursue. We cannot expect to dive casually out of the heat of the world into the coolness of divine communication for an hour per week. That only brings the heat of the world in and disturbs the waters, leaving no place for peace.”
— Doug Gwyn, 1997

“In worship we have our neighbors to right and left, before and behind, yet the Eternal Presence is over all and beneath all. Worship does not consist in achieving a mental state of concentrated isolation from one’s fellows. But in the depth of common worship it is as if we found our separate lives were all one life, within whom we live and move and have our being.”
Thomas R. Kelly, 1938



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

Sunday, May 1
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business

Wednesday, May 4
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, May 8
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Wednesday, May 11
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, May 15
9:00 a.m. Unity with Nature Committee meeting
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Presentation: Kallan Benson, youth climate activist

Wednesday, May 18
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, May 22
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Second Hour: Quaker process in committees

Wednesday, May 25
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Friday, May 27
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Unity with Nature guided meditation (Zoom)

Sunday, May 29
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Ministry & Worship Committee meeting

Wednesday, June 1
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, June 4
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business

Wednesday, June 8
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, June 12
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Book Sunday & Ice Cream Social

Wednesday, June 15
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, June 19
9:00 a.m. Unity with Nature Committee meeting
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Wednesday, June 22
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Friday, June 24
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Unity with Nature guided meditation (Zoom)

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

Wednesday, June 29
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

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.

Goose Creek COVID-19 Protocols [GOOSE CREEK IS CURRENTLY OPEN FOR IN-PERSON WORSHIP.)
If you choose to join us for worship in the meeting house, please note the following:
All Friends are asked to wear a mask until further notice, regardless of vaccination status, and observe physical distancing while in the meetinghouse.
Children may participate in in-door Meeting for Worship, masked.
— Those who aren’t comfortable indoors may remain on the porch.
— Those attending other events in the meeting house, such as memorials, will be asked to follow the same procedures.


Street Address:

18204 Lincoln Road

Purcellville, VA 20132

Postal Address:

PO Box 105

Lincoln, VA 20160

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