Friends General Conference

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Saratoga Friends meeting house front with sign

What to expect on Sundays

At 10 am, we begin by sitting in silence quietly listening for the voice of the Spirit. The silence is broken occasionally when a worshipper feels led by the Spirit to share a vocal ministry. Then we return to the silence. A period of worship may include several messages or none.

All ages worship together for the first 10 to 15 minutes of the Meeting for Worship hour. Then the religious education teacher and assistant will stand and lead the children to the school room in our annex. After an hour, someone ends worship with a greeting and we all shake hands in friendship.

The young people return and join the group for the closing circle where we all introduce ourselves. Following announcements, all are welcome to share in light refreshments in the annex. (On the first Sunday of the month, it’s a simple potluck meal, and we invite you to join us. After the potluck meal, we hold our monthly business meeting which we refer to as Meeting for Worship with a concern for business).


Silent Worship

From Faith and Practice (2018 edition):

"[Early Friends] made the discovery that silence is one of the best preparations for communion [with God] and for the reception of inspiration and guidance.

Silence itself, of course, has no magic. It may be just sheer emptiness, absence of words or noise or music.... But it may be an intensified pause, a vitalized hush, a creative quiet, an actual moment of mutual and reciprocal correspondence with God."

 --Rufus M. Jones, Spiritual Message of the Religious Society of Friends, 1937