Every Sunday morning Guildford
Friends worship in the 200 year old, wood-panelled meeting house. The
picture above is not of my own meeting but comes from the magazine Quaker
Monthly and illustrates Sunday Meeting at Worcester, England.
This is not "worship" in the sense that
other churches worship. We sit in silent waiting for an hour. Occasionally
somebody will stand up and minister for a short time, as the Spirit leads them.
Such ministry is followed by more silence while we try to discern what the
Spirit is saying to us in what was said. At the end of the hour we hear the town
hall clock strike twelve, two "elders" shake hands and the meeting is
over. Just a few notices and then trays of tea are brought in and we chat for
half an hour or so.
Quaker worship nourishes in places nothing else
can reach. When the hour begins we find ourselves luxuriating in a sense of
"my time with God", an pool of undisturbed calm. By the end of the
hour, our thoughts have been centred on God and we leave Meeting with a renewed
sense of purpose and direction in our lives.
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Links if you would like to read more about the Quaker movement.