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Our Beliefs

Our Faith - Open Worship

 

Friends hold many beliefs in common with other Protestant denominations. Below are some unofficial statements which will serve to give a general understanding of the Friends (Quaker) Faith.....

 

  • we believe: that true religion involves an immediate, inward, personal encounter with God, through Jesus Christ -- that this, rather ritual and ceremony, is what we must experience to obtain salvation.
  • we believe: that each individual has worth, dignity, freedom and responsibility before God. (John 1:19)
  • we believe: that worship is a personal, positive act of seeking, rather that a performance -- that communion is an inner spiritual experience rather than an outward observance.
  • we believe: that moral purity, integrity, honesty, simplicity and humility are essential to the Christian life.
  • we believe: in Christian love and good will as a way of life which makes hatred and violence impossible.
  • we believe: that Christ-like love and concern for the suffering and the unfortunate people must find expression in humanitarian service and social justice.
  • we believe: the Holy Spirit of God grants us openings, insights, guidance and understanding of spirtual truth as recorded in the Holy Bible.

 

Open Worship

 

One of the unique aspects of the Friends Denomination is the time of Open Worship which provides a period for individual meditation during the service. During this time we commune with our Lord and ask Him to speak to our hearts.

With these thoughts in mind our period of Open Worship is an earnest joyful time of spritual, Holy Communion when each idividual can share in complete silence, or in vocal prayer, song, or spoken testimony. We only ask that each individual be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit in whatever is said.