Our Virtual Meeting
A gathering place for our Meeting during the Covid-19 waiting time.
This page has been created as a place where we can post suggestions each week for readings we can share and think about during our "Meetings in Spirit" at home while we are following the guidance from Government and Friends House to not meet up in person.
If you are inspired to write something for this page to be shared with the wider community, you can email the Clerks or leave a message on our Contact page here in the website and we will post these after each Sunday "Meeting".
When this page is updated for the following week the previous week's readings and follow-on thoughts will be moved to the new "Virtual Meeting Archive" page. This will keep those thoughts together but allow this page to remain uncluttered.
5th April 2020
Readings for this week:
From Anne Bennett
BYM Advices and Queries 9
In worship we enter with reverence into communion with God and respond to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Come to meeting for worship with your heart and mind prepared. Yield yourself and all your outward concerns to God’s guidance so that you may find ‘the evil weakening in you and the good raised up’.
Quaker Life and Practice Ireland Yearly Meeting 2.4
Friends meet together for worship on the basis of silence. Indeed, does not the idea of communion imply quietness and meditation? There is a desire to listen and wait, seeking for the love of God in our hearts. This may well be more important than to hear words spoken by man. As the meeting continues some may follow a suitable meditation; some dwell on the deeper joys and sorrows of life; some recall an incident from the Scriptures; some lead the meeting in prayer. Gradually, those who have met together may be led to let go of personal concerns and to experience a growing sympathy with the feeling of the meeting as a whole. Imperceptibly, all are drawn into deeper unity.
Thoughts after the Meeting:
During the time of today’s Virtual Meeting I found an idea that helped me to centre and I wanted to share it, just in case it helps others.
Last week I had a terrible time settling to the Meeting. I felt separated and distant from Friends and very restless.
This week, as I went through the Directory listing for each of us, I held each person in their accustomed place in the Meeting House and it suddenly felt as though we were all there, together in the Light. The Meeting House was full! Full of people, full of life and full of love.
We will get through this time and be together in more than thoughts once again.