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On speaking out of the silence: Vocal ministry in the unprogrammed meeting for worship

Douglas V. Steere

On speaking out of the silence: Vocal ministry in the unprogrammed meeting for worship

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Published by Pendle Hill Publications in Wallingford .
Written in English


Edition Notes

Gift; Slater, John; 2004.

Statementby Douglas V. Steere.
SeriesPendle Hill pamphlet -- no. 182
The Physical Object
Pagination20 p.
Number of Pages20
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL21127002M

Quaker Renaissance[ edit ] In the late 19th century and early 20th century a religious movement known as the Quaker Renaissance movement began within London Yearly Meeting. I think this disconnect from the Divine has happened for several reasons: The Fear of Feeling It is worth remembering what Quaker worship was like when it began. Vocal ministry refers to the act of speaking during a Meeting for Worship. The Clearness Committee will never pressure you into joining the meeting. Seasoning A period of waiting, where action is not taken because the "way" has not yet "opened" or some other "stop" is felt. Quarterly Meeting Quarterly meetings are made up of a number of monthly meetings and meet quarterly for business and worship.

With increasing financial success, Orthodox Quakers wanted to "make the Society a more respectable body—to transform their sect into a church—by adopting mainstream Protestant orthodoxy". These Quaker yearly meetings make up the largest proportion of Quakers in the world today. Especially as our community has widened to include much more expressive cultures—as in the case of East African Friends—dancing in worship has become part of our practice. Minutes These are the record of the proceedings of a business meeting written by the clerk or convener of that meeting. The others in the room were older than I, and I am

Described as "natural capitalists" by the BBCdynasties of Quakers were successful in business matters. Lay down The action properly taken upon a committee or meeting that is no longer needed; "to lay down" a meeting is to disband. But the ease we feel in speaking about ourselves poses a challenge for meetings for worship. If so, what should they be to inspire? Other people, however may be focused on the present rather than on the future, and so are more likely to experience inner promptings of love and truth, and such people are surely more likely to take heed of their inner promptings as the leadings of God, and as a consequence more likely to have the courage to stand to offer verbal ministry. All too often people rush to the application stage and bypass the interpretation stage: they want to know what it means for them before they know what it means!


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On speaking out of the silence: Vocal ministry in the unprogrammed meeting for worship by Douglas V. Steere Download PDF Ebook

This is a central aspect of Quaker worship, and I fear we are losing track of it. Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Hicksites tended to be agrarian and poorer than the more urban, wealthier, Orthodox Quakers. Described as "natural capitalists" by the BBCdynasties of Quakers were successful in business matters.

Also, we are not seeking spiritual ecstasy in study; in fact, ecstasy can be a hindrance. Often there may be a meeting for clearness to test the concern after which the Meeting may well support the person in their concern.

Many eventually collectively became the Five Years Meeting and then Friends United Meetingalthough London Yearly Meetingwhich had been strongly Gurneyite in the 19th century, did not join either of these groups. But I was as surprised as any to feel the Inner Teacher lead me to these words at the end: how grateful I am to be a Quaker today, and to have the chance to do something to ensure that the beautiful house I am standing in will someday again be full.

You can fill out and wear a name tag if you like so that we can know you better. I was in agony, and my wife, who seldom speaks, was distraught afterwards as she had felt urged to ministry but had not had the silence in which to share it.

The process of deciding to become a Friend is known as "convincement. The vast majority of us are decidedly in favor of peace and wish for it, pray for it, and will sometimes actively work for it within our families, local communities and governmental relationships.

These Quaker yearly meetings make up the largest proportion of Quakers in the world today. Looking back, I think she was right in that instance but I was ready and willing.

In Africa, you will find traditional tribal clothing, khakis and three-piece suits all in the same community.

The Final Word?

Being a Friends gathering, it will almost always include some silence, though it may be brief. The fellowship of the group intensifies this experience. In our experience of knowing and living into that reconciliation in our own lives, many Friends have come to echo the sentiment of George Fox, who recognized that there is a life and power that takes away the occasion for all war and violence.

Among Friends, there are three general forms of worship. It may begin in a moment in time, as one turns inwardly to yield to Christ, and it carries on through time as we seek to know and follow our Teacher and Guide, Christ Jesus the Lord. So, do Quakers dance? Clerks of meetings and committees are designated to "discern" the sense of the meeting.

I have thrown things out, I have adapted, and one Sunday recently I had decided 10 min before the service to not preach at all because I felt led in another direction but the clerk of our elders, who I discussed it with, encouraged me to press on with what was planned and trust that that was the right thing for the moment.

Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ" Gal. With that as a mirror, what is the energetic order of worship for unprogrammed worship?

Please sign our guest book and let us know if you want to be put on our newsletter mailing list.As stated in the book of Faith and Practice of New England Yearly Meeting of Friends (, p.

) at the end of each calendar year, Ministry and Counsel of New England Yearly Meeting (NEYM) asks monthly (local) meetings to prepare a State of Society Report. The report should be a searching self-examination by the meeting and its members of their spiritual strengths and weaknesses and of the.

The Four Structures of Unprogrammed Quaker Meetings. Posted by Howard (like "We should use this spiritual terminology in vocal ministry during worship and not that one").

worship. George Selleck of Cambridge Meeting was alleged (by a son) to speak every week at the same time during the meeting for worship.

I have most likely said too.

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Jun 04,  · Some years ago, I wrote: I am particularly concerned for Friends in unprogrammed meetings who are willing to consider the possibility that the Gospel ministry is for them a central, long-term "concern," or might become one.

Of course, anyone in a meeting for worship is likely at some time or other to be pulled to.Pdf believe that when we gather together in silence we can pdf in a direct and personal relationship with what goes by terms such as God, Inner Light, etc.

Vocal ministry refers to the act of speaking during a Meeting for Worship. This phrase describes the end of worship in an unprogrammed meeting, usually signaled by a.Meeting download pdf Worship with a Concern for Music: Awakening Worship in Today's World along with a seed of concern for our continuing Spiritual growth and true development as unprogrammed Friends.

Within the larger body and branches of our Society, one of our greatest treasures is our faithful witness of waiting worship for God's Spirit to move.Unprogrammed Meeting for worship is based on silent waiting, with vocal ministry only ebook individuals are guided by the Spirit to share a message.

Vocal ministry When Friends gather in the expectant silence of Meeting for Worship, A Quaker Glossary edited doc.