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First Word

During this time, Friends take 3-5 minutes to reflect on some aspect of their spiritual journeys.

Music

From week to week, we enjoy different music leaders. As leaders change, so does the style of music.

Message

Someone reads a passage of Scripture and a prepared message.

Open Worship

Joys & Concerns

We believe God has called us to live in authentic community. Each week, we take time to share our lives with one another.



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What to Expect in Open Worship

Center Down. Surrender the thoughts or worries that may distract you.

Commune with God. If you are grateful, give your gratitude to God. If the Spirit convicts you of wrongdoing, accept God's forgiveness and power to change. If you are anxious, ask for God's guidance and peace. Most of all, listen for God's voice within your hearts.

Be Aware of Others. You may be led to pray silently for the gathered meeting or for one person in particular.

Speak As You Are Lead. Sometimes, we are prompted to speak, pray or sing out of the silence. This prompt can be unsettling. We may wonder if breaking the silence is truly God's desire. If you feel led to speak, wait.

Because it is difficult to speak and listen at the same time, make sure you have God's entire message before you speak. Otherwise, you may find yourself trying to finish the thought in your own wisdom.

Even if you feel called to speak, consider whether your words might be more appropriate in a different context (e.g. during "Joys & Concerns" or expressed privately, one-on-one).

Allow the message to season. If your impulse to speak passes, let it go.

If you speak, please stand if you are able. Speak so your voice can be heard by everyone in the room. Let your words be few. Preserve a time of silence between each message, so we will have time to digest one idea before receiving the next.

If waiting in the silence is difficult for you, there are some things you can try. Spend time throughout the week asking God to make gathered worship meaningful for you. If you're unable to stay focused, try meditating on a song we sang this morning, or a passage of Scripture.

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A Quaker's View: The Technique of Worship
A Quaker's View: Worship and Emotion
Barclay on the Experience of Worship
Barclay on the Theology of Worship
Study Guide (PDF): How Do You Listen?

The Process (Alyss; 2015)
The experience of being called to speak.

Sounds of Silence (Greg; 2012)
Silence and speaking from silence.