Nurturing Our Worship Community
Sponsored by the Ministry & Oversight Committee, San Francisco Friends Meeting
Tuesday Evenings in November
M&O invites you to a lively series of discussions about worship. Join us on three consecutive Tuesday evenings in November to explore our Quaker tradition of Meeting for Worship. We will examine our practice and look for ways to deepen and nurture our worship life together.
Come for the Tuesday night worship at 6 pm. Then we can share a brown bag dinner from 6:30 to 7 pm. The discussion groups will begin at 7 pm with a short presentation based on the wisdom of Quaker writers. Then we will have a chance to share from our own experience and seek ways to deepen the spiritual practices that enrich our worship life. Each of the three discussion sessions will last about 90 minutes.
Session One, Nov. 1: Centering and Worship
Led by Jeff Mead in the Meeting Room
Friends are invited to listen and share their experiences with “centering down” at Meeting for Worship. Because we have Friends with a variety of experience at Meeting, from the young and new to the older and experienced, there are many pearls of wisdom regarding this essential practice that should be shared. We will also share some readings from Patricia Loring and Lloyd Lee Wislon.
Session Two, Nov. 8: Discernment and Vocal Ministry
Led by Robin Mohr in Room #5 (upstairs)
Join us for a discussion on vocal ministry in meeting for worship. Friends are encouraged to read the essay titled "Do Messages in Meeting Really Come From God?” by Rich Acetta-Evans of 15th Street Monthly Meeting in New York City and come prepared to talk explicitly about vocal ministry. How do you know when to speak? How do you recognize Spirit-led messages? How do you contribute to the quality of the silence? How can we as a Meeting nurture vocal ministry among us?
The essay is available online or in paper copies at the meetinghouse starting October 30, 2005.
Session Three, Nov. 15: Spiritual Practices that Prepare Us for Worship
Led by Blake Arnall in the Meeting Room
Join us as we explore the spiritual practices that feed us during the week so we come prepared for worship on Sunday. Our tradition urges us to “prepare the minister, not the ministry.” What are the practices which prepare you for worship on Sunday and which sustain you through out the week? We will review suggestions offered in our Faith & Practice, the wisdom of Quaker authors and our own experiences. Together we will look for daily spiritual practices that help prepare us as ministers and help nurture our worship community.
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