Quakers are an active, involved faith-based community living in the modern world. We are a diverse group; the Religious Society of Friends consists of several distinct branches. We continue our traditional testimonies of pacifism, social equality, integrity, and simplicity, which we interpret and express in a variety of ways. Today, many Friends include stewardship of our planet as one of our testimonies.
Meeting for Worship is held each Sunday of the year at 10:00 am. (Occasionally, we are treated to piano music before Meeting begins.)
First Day (Sunday) School begins in October and ends in early June. Children attend the first 15 to 20 minutes of Meeting for Worship, and return after Meeting for refreshments.
Lansdowne Friends Meeting's unprogrammed service is derived from the belief that there is that of God in everyone, often called the Light within.
At first one may feel uneasy as we settle into quiet meditation and prayer. We have no chosen minister. No one will start or conduct the meeting hour, for any in attendance may be called to be ministers. Friends (Quakers) believe that God still speaks to the individual who is responsive to inward promptings and insights.
The stillness about you is not dead or empty, but alive. As the group is united in an attitude of worship and seeks intimate contact with the will of God, you are encouraged to open yourself to the leading of the Spirit.
Roving thoughts and outside distractions may disturb you, but do not be troubled. Put them out of your mind, or accept one particular thought that seems right for meditation. You will feel a growing sense of inward quiet and your physical tensions may relax. Turn your thoughts to the still Center of your being, where God is. "The Kingdom of God is within you."
Meeting is a time for listening, for sorting our thoughts as to rightness and truth. But much as we value silence in our way of worship, we need to be open to messages from others. The silence will be broken when someone feels led to vocal ministry. Receive what is said in a loving spirit. Such ministry is welcome from all present. If any thoughts expressed do not speak to you, try to look behind the words or manner of the speaker for a deeper meaning. Everyone shares in the responsibility for worship, and can share in its blessings, whether from a simple meditation or the unifying power which occasionally envelopes us. Worshiping together in this manner, each person may more easily hear God speak and find guidance and inspiration for daily living and service.
At the rise of Meeting all are invited for refreshment and sociability in the Cora Ross room. Literature about Friends is available at the table and library. The Greeter and other Friends will be pleased to respond to questions.