Category: Advices & Queries

Personal Readings: Advices & Queries 8

Carol reads Advices & Queries number 8 and beautifully explains how special silent worship is for her.

The text itself:

Worship is our response to an awareness of God. We can worship alone, but when we join with others in expectant waiting we may discover a deeper sense of God’s presence. We seek a gathered stillness in our meetings for worship so that all may feel the power of God’s love drawing us together and leading us.

Part of a series of personal readings and reflections regarding Quaker Faith & Practice.

Personal Readings: Advices & Queries 2

Anne reads Advices & Queries number 2.

The text itself:

Bring the whole of your life under the ordering of the spirit of Christ. Are you open to the healing power of God’s love? Cherish that of God within you, so that this love may grow in you and guide you. Let your worship and your daily life enrich each other. Treasure your experience of God, however it comes to you. Remember that Christianity is not a notion but a way.

Part of a series of personal readings and reflections regarding Quaker Faith & Practice.

Personal Readings: Advices & Queries 30

We were lucky enough to have Sandy with us to read Advices & Queries number 30.

The text itself:

Are you able to contemplate your death and the death of those closest to you? Accepting the fact of death, we are freed to live more fully. In bereavement, give yourself time to grieve. When others mourn, let your love embrace them.

Part of a series of personal readings and reflections regarding Quaker Faith & Practice.

Personal Readings: Advices & Queries 7

Carol reads Advices & Queries number 7 from Quaker Faith & Practice.

The text itself:

Be aware of the spirit of God at work in the ordinary activities and experience of your daily life. Spiritual learning continues throughout life, and often in unexpected ways. There is inspiration to be found all around us, in the natural world, in the sciences and arts, in our work and friendships, in our sorrows as well as in our joys. Are you open to new light, from whatever source it may come? Do you approach new ideas with discernment?

Part of a series of personal readings and reflections regarding Quaker Faith & Practice.

Personal Readings: Advices & Queries 17

Our Friend John reads Advices & Queries 17 and explains briefly why he likes it beforehand.

The text itself:

Do you respect that of God in everyone though it may be expressed in unfamiliar ways or be difficult to discern? Each of us has a particular experience of God and each must find the way to be true to it. When words are strange or disturbing to you, try to sense where they come from and what has nourished the lives of others. Listen patiently and seek the truth which other people’s opinions may contain for you. Avoid hurtful criticism and provocative language. Do not allow the strength of your convictions to betray you into making statements or allegations that are unfair or untrue. Think it possible that you may be mistaken.

Part of an ongoing series of personal readings and reflections regarding Quaker Faith & Practice.

Personal Readings: Advices & Queries 3

A reading of Advices & Queries 3 by our Clerk Colin together with some personal thoughts about Advices & Queries in general and how it played a part in his decision to apply for membership.

The text itself:

Do you try to set aside times of quiet for openness to the Holy Spirit? All of us need to find a way into silence which allows us to deepen our awareness of the divine and to find the inward source of our strength. Seek to know an inward stillness, even amid the activities of daily life. Do you encourage in yourself and in others a habit of dependence on God’s guidance for each day? Hold yourself and others in the Light, knowing that all are cherished by God.

 

Part of an ongoing series of personal readings and reflections regarding Quaker Faith & Practice.

Personal Readings: Advices & Queries 6

Our very own Gulie reads Advices & Queries 6 from Quaker Faith & Practice whilst explaining why this  passage resonates with her so much.

The text itself:

Do you work gladly with other religious groups in the pursuit of common goals? While remaining faithful to Quaker insights, try to enter imaginatively into the life and witness of other communities of faith, creating together the bonds of friendship.

First in a series of personal soundbites exploring Advices & Queries.

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