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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 Eighth 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?
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

“Finally, remember that our manner of worship is ultimately a mystery under the direction of the Holy Spirit. Each Meeting for Worship is a spiritual adventure, unique and unpredictable. Let us remember in humility that ‘the end of words is to bring us to the knowledge of things beyond what words can utter.”
— Isaac Penington, 1670

“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.”
— Douglas Gwynn, 1997



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.
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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