Well, things are busy this week, and I am feeling a little over-extended. How about you?!
I trust that whatever you find yourself in the midst of that Christ can help you sustain in it and through it.
This Sunday we will be continuing our discussion on the testimonies and so we turn our attention to worship. We haven’t taken time lately to open up the floor for “worship sharing” as we have been in the habit of doing and this is what I plan to focus our time on this Sunday. I hope you will take some time to reflect on worship and especially Quaker ways of worship and how they may inform us and encourage us in our day.
Passage of Scripture for reflection:
“The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the LORD. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the LORD,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.
“When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. (Rev 8:1)
“Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me. (Rev 3:20)
- What do you see as the connections between these passages and open/silent worship?
- How do you understand what Quaker worship is? And what do you think it’s purpose is?
- What leads to meaningful worship and communion with Christ for you?
If you have a little time I would encourage you to go to our website’s resource page and read the document on “Open Worship” and if you’re really zealous that a look at the Faith and Practice sections on worship as well — http://camasfriends.org/resources/
I look forward to worshipping with all of you on Sunday.
Pastor at Camas Friends Church
1004 NE 4th Ave
Camas, WA 98607