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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 Seventh Month

Meeting for Business

  • Are our Meetings for Worship with a Concern for Business held in the spirit of worship, understanding, and forbearance?
  • In what ways do we each take our right share of responsibility in the service of the meeting?
  • Do we humbly set aside our own preconceived notions as to proper action, seeking instead Divine guidance as to the right course?
  • When direction seems lacking, is this seen as a challenge to a more prayerful search for truth?
  • Is the Meeting aware that it speaks not only through its actions but also through its failure to act?
Voices

“Central to the Quaker understanding of unity-based decision making is Fox’s idea that there is ‘that of God in every one.’ When a group of believers comes together to deliberate about the best way to serve God here and now, each looks to find in others some manifestation of ‘that of God,’ and looks for the mark of the Spirit of Christ — Truth with a capital T — in everyone else’s remarks. In short, since the same Spirit speaks in each heart, the members expect to end their meetings united.”
— Michael J. Sheeran, 1996

“Partly because of its rarity, sense of the meeting is a gift of enormous worth, more valuable, perhaps, than any other Quaker gift or practice. Quakers are not the only people who worship in silence. They are not alone in waiting for continuing revelation by attending to the Light within…But where, except among Friends, has the practice of discovering the sense of the meeting become so entrenched.”
— Barry Morley, 1993

“And that all may be careful to speak short and pertinent to matters in a Christian spirit, and dispatch business quickly, and keep out of long debates and heats; and with the spirit of God keep that down, which is doting about questions and strife of words, that tend to parties and contention: which in the church of God there is no such custom to be allowed. And likewise not to speak more than one at a time; nor any in a fierce way; for that is not to be allowed in any society, neither natural nor spiritual; but as the apostle saith, ‘Be swift to hear, and slow to speak;’ and let it be in grace, which seasons all words.”
— George Fox, 1690



Calendar

Beginning on July 12, Goose Creek will offer Meeting for Worship each Sunday from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. in two ways: In person, on the lawn outside the meeting house, and via Zoom.
If you plan to join us for outdoor worship, please read these guidelines ahead of time.

To join us via Zoom, please use this link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84322028865?pwd=U09KRmU2VmJvR1EzeW42ZHJFVTlXdz09

Meeting ID: 843 2202 8865
Password: 845744
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+13017158592,,84322028865#,,,,0#,,845744# US (Germantown)

Street Address:

18204 Lincoln Road

Purcellville, VA 20132

Postal Address:

PO Box 105

Lincoln, VA 20160

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