I have been thinking a lot about open worship these days. Many of the larger evangelical Friends churches no longer practice open worship in their big venues for many reasons. I guess I am searching…Continue
"It's also quite possible that if large numbers of newcomers came to our meetings, God would give messages appropriate for them, and a lot of the necessary teaching of basic doctrines would happen in meeting. That was certainly the case among…"
"Thank you for opening this discusion. I grew up in the Hispanic Evangelical Friends tradition where my dad was a pastor, I discovered unprogramed worship when I was around 18 years old. I knew there was something of God in those meetings but…"
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I have been pondering this post and the responses since it went up.
I cannot imagine a meeting without centering worship, and I cannot imagine even getting started at centering in 5 minutes time, much less having time to hear what the…"
"Folks have probably already seen this, but the Jan. 2010 issue of Friends Journal has an article about Spring Meeting which includes a discussion of its "semi-programmed" services. The article's not online, but here is the citation."
"During my first visit to Central Yearly Meeting (U.S.A.) in the 1990's, participating in their worship w/pastors and sermons and planned music, I commented on the fact that my meeting had "unprogrammed" worship. A woman quickly…"
"Chiming in from Klamath Falls, Oregon. My meeting is programmed, but we have a time we call centering, which is about 5 minutes of silence before the message, and then about ten minutes of open worship after that. Also, the last Sunday of the month…"
"Adrian, Thanks for opening this up on Quakerquaker. Between the lines in my response to Martin, below, are my thoughts that on any scale, open worship (what my YM calls waiting worship) isn't hard-wired for many of us (most of us?), and so some…"
"I am so glad, Adrian, to be having a conversation about this. I have a few sort of related thoughts about it.
I would point out that even in programmed worship, the core beliefs of Friends should influence how things operate. The cadence of truly…"
"I think it's a useful discussion for those of us in the unprogrammed tradition too. Outside of the hour alloted to worship, a lot of the larger liberal meetings are pretty programmed. From paid staff to programatic solutions to questions of…"
Yes I am aware of the unique worship style of the non evangelical branches of Quakers and have a great respect for their position in Quakerdom. I guess I am searching for ideas that can be implemented in a programmed setting of a larger…"
"Adrian, I'll assume that you are aware that "unprogrammed" Friends of both conservative and liberal meetings practice open worship as the main or perhaps exclusive component of corporate worship and that you are asking about contexts…"
This is a great question and I'm really glad you're asking it. I am sure there are different ways of thinking about Open Worship, but for me as a Quaker preacher I treasure it as a "time of worship that creates a space for…"
Vocational: Currently Chancellor at Barclay College and Leadership Facilitator (Superintendent) of Rocky Mountain Yearly Meeting. Formerly Executive pastor at Willoughby Hills Friends Church and District Superintendent for EFC-ER, adjunct faculty for Malone University.
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