Autumnal weather is truly with us now with wind and intermittent squally showers. Noticably colder. The first signs of autumn leaves are with us with the best of autumn colours yet to come.
A smaller meeting attendance wise today due to various member and attendee commitments elsewhere. Our Clerk attended before leaving early to attend an ecological protest in London.
One Friend read from Quaker Faith & Practice (2.19)
As the flowing of the ocean doth fill every creek and branch thereof, and then retires again towards its own being and fulness, and leaves a savour behind it; so doth the life and virtue of God flow into every one of your hearts, whom he hath made partakers of his divine nature; and when it withdraws but a little, it leaves a sweet savour behind it; that many can say they are made clean through the word that he hath spoken to them. In which innocent condition you may see what you are in the presence of God, and what you are without him… Stand still, and cease from thine own working, and in due time thou shalt enter into the rest, and thy eyes shall behold his salvation, whose testimonies are sure, and righteous altogether.
William Leddra of Barbados on the day before he was martyred in 1661
Another Friend later read again from Quaker Faith & Practice (27.02)
Love was the first motion, and then a concern arose to spend some time with the Indians, that I might feel and understand their life, and the Spirit they live in, if haply I might receive some instruction from them, or they be in any degree helped forward by my following the leadings of Truth amongst them. And as it pleased the Lord to make way for my going at a time when the troubles of war were increasing and when by reason of much wet weather travelling was more difficult than usual at that season, I looked upon it as a more favourable opportunity to season my mind, and bring me into a nearer sympathy with them. And as mine eye was to the great Father of Mercies, humbly desiring to learn what his will was concerning me, I was made quiet and content.
John Woolman, 1763
Quite a few notices after silent worship concerning events at other Quaker meeting houses which we hope to write about seperately or link to on Twitter.
As usual we all had much to talk about and discuss over tea and coffee.