Today’s meeting for worship was heavy, as expected. We shared our angst, laments, hopelessness, and grief, as well as our resolve, our hopes, and our joys. Matt offered a brief opening reflection on the Quaker notion of “answering that of God in every one” and shared some queries connecting this idea to ongoing violence against the black community. Joann led us in songs expressing our hopes for justice, like “We Shall Overcome.” Janet facilitated our prayer time. Matt read the Scripture below before we had had an extended time of open worship.
No video today. You are encouraged to read the Scripture below and see if a particular phrase from the text speaks to you today.
9 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10 love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are.