Our meeting for worship, which is at the core of Quaker practice, is focused on the response of the human spirit to the call of the Divine. Worship begins when the first worshippers settle into the silence in the meeting room. Some people arrive before the appointed time and begin to worship, so please enter the worship room quietly. Worship ends when the appointed person speaks to let us know worship has ended and then leads us in introductions.
Many of us find it helpful to close our eyes for most or all of the worship hour to reduce distractions and increase our focus on the presence of God among us. During worship people may meditate, pray silently, inwardly offer praise or thanksgiving or confession to the Spirit, or reflect on a passage from the Bible or other spiritual reading. In our corporate worship, we seek communion with God.
We wait and listen together, seeking divine guidance or inspiration from a source known among us by many names: Wisdom, the Light, the Inward Christ, the Seed, the Word, Jesus, the Lord. During that time, any individual, including visitors, may be moved to share spoken ministry, arising from their experience in worship.
We also profit from Quaker literature, including Faith and Practice published by Pacific Yearly Meeting. Once a month we read the Advices and Queries for the month taken from Pacific Yearly Meeting’s Faith and Practice.
Our Meeting now worships online and in-person in a hybrid style. Please contact us for more details.
Thanks to San Francisco Friends Meeting for original ideas.
These two videos, created by QuakerSpeak on YouTube, are part of a series that can give you more information and insights about Quaker Practice. Click on the image to watch each video on YouTube.