This Coming Sunday

Hi everyone,

I hope you all had a fantastic week. I look forward to catching up with you on Sunday. It’s been a full, but short week for me coming off our trip to Berkeley. It was a lovely trip and Jason, Sean and I look forward to sharing some of our experiences with you during our meeting for worship.

For sunday, I hope to have a more of a conversation and less of a ‘sermon’ about some of the stuff we talked about at Quaker Heritage Day last Saturday (minus the 6 hours of me talking!). So as you think about Sunday here’s some stuff for the preparation of worship:

A Quote:

All holiness is God’s holiness in us:
it is a holiness that is participation.
Spirituality is the presence and action of the Holy Spirit
in us, by us, and through us in the world.

All [Mission] is God’s [Mission] in us:
it is a [Mission] that is participation.
[Mission] is the presence and action of the Holy Spirit
in us, by us, and through us in the world.
-Anthony 20th century Orthodox Archbishop

Scripture: John 14 (esp. verses 12-14, 15-17, 25-27), also 2 Corinthians 5:16-20:

Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.

‘If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you for ever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.

‘I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.

Queries:

  • What are the ways you’ve understood and experienced “mission?”
  • Do you think the church has a mission? What do you think it is?
  • How might a fresh understanding of ‘mission’ have consequences for renewal among Friends? Are there ways in which this might have implications on practices and outlook in our meeting?

Blessings!

Wess