Message from EORG for Sunday meeting 15th May 2022

At the heart of faith is the longing to know the unknowable and endlessly mysterious infinite often called God. Church is important, but more important for me is prayer, often alone and silent. Quakers call it waiting on God or listening for the inner voice, but it doesn’t really matter what you call it. The Message from EORG for Sunday meeting 15th May 2022

At the heart of faith is the longing to know the unknowable and endlessly mysterious infinite often called God. Church is important, but more important for me is prayer, often alone and silent.

Quakers call it waiting on God or listening for the inner voice, but it doesn’t really matter what you call it. The certainty that it’s not all about me or us, that there is something more, something transcendent that occasionally is glimpsed and transforms everything – that is the reason faith survives.

Joanna Hodgkin, Guardian Letters, 26/3/22. *

Worship is the response of the human spirit to the presence of the divine and eternal, to the God who first seeks us. The sense of wonder and awe of the finite before the infinite leads naturally to thanksgiving and adoration.

Silent worship and the spoken word are both parts of Quaker ministry. The ministry of silence demands the faithful activity of every member in the meeting. As, together, we enter the depths of a living silence, the stillness of God, we find one another in ‘the things that are eternal’, upholding and strengthening one another.

QFP 2.01

David, on behalf of EORG (Bob Harwood, David Hitchin, Chris Lawson, Theresa Samms, Nancy Wall)

* Jo is an occasional visitor to our meeting. She has written a book about her 18th and 19thcentury ancestors who were members of our meeting. At present it is awaiting publication.