Worship: “The Gathered Meeting” Revisited

Worship and Ministry

The following is excerpted from the PYM pamphlet, Worship: “The Gathered Meeting” Revisited. The pamphlet is a printing of the talk given by Tom Gates at PYM’s Annual Sessions, July 27, 2006. An earlier version of the talk was given at a Deepening and Strengthening (now called Meeting Enrichment Services). Listen, then, to the opening lines of Thomas Kelly’s “The …

Sabbath Renewal: Ideas to take home and use

Worship and Ministry

Responding to a felt need for proven paths to spiritual growth and renewal, Worship & Care Standing Committee assembled a collection of resources into this handy Toolkit. The hope is to offer ideas Friends can try on for size, take home and use, and share with their Monthly Meetings. Having found for themselves a refreshed awareness of the presence of God, their …

Preparing Hearts and Mind for Worship

Worship and Ministry

Faith and Practice encourages us to come to meeting for worship with our hearts and minds prepared. There are many stories throughout our community which lift up the efforts Friends have taken to prepare themselves and their meetings for worship. Here are stories from 4 meetings for worship where the worship has deepened in a clear and powerful way . …

How I Became a Quaker: Two Stories of Convincement

Worship and Ministry

How did I even know about Quakers? My Uncle Sidney was a convinced Quaker, a Conscientious Objector during World War II, and very familiar with Pendle Hill. His CO testimony was profound to me, but an even more dramatic witness came from seeing Uncle Sid on his home front, married to my mother's very high strung older sister, with whom ...

New Intergenerational Spiritual Formation Program

Worship and Ministry, Young Adult Friends

An Intergenerational Spiritual Formation Program is specifically designed for Young Adult and other interested Friends.  This 7-month program begins in Sept. 2014 and closes in April 2015.  The elements of Spiritual Formation include retreats, personal spiritual disciplines, readings, and prayerful support.  Participants will meet monthly in spiritual friendship and reading groups. We will be joining each other in worship, practice and witness to …