Once in Small Group, we responded to the first two OYM queries. Fascinating to try that in a body drawn from diverse religious practices, especially when trying to explain “free gospel ministry” and “a waiting spiritual worship” to an ex-nun; that is, until she and her husband (both members of Wider Quaker Fellowship) reported that the silence they introduced to their congregation’s liturgy for Lent last year remains a part of the worship and is well received, and then she opened up about her experience preaching at St. John’s that morning. I was reminded that we Friends need to be especially vigilant that our worship not be from custom or habit but rather a real desire to be in the Lord’s presence and that sometimes the best worship He can have is that fact that we have come, period. (Rising in time, getting the kids in the car, etc., can be a powerful offering in their own way.)
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