In the historic practice of the Religious Society of Friends, worshippers come together and sit down quietly, each waiting in the silence to know at first hand the presence of the living God and to have an immediate sense of divine leading. There is no prearranged program, outward sacrament, paid minister, or set prayer. All of us share in the responsibility to be open to the leading to speak, or to continue to wait in silence.

Please feel at ease. Bow your head if you wish. Look around you if you wish. Focus your thoughts on a meditation theme, or listen for the heartbeat of the silence.

Meeting for Worship ends with the shaking of hands, begun by someone to whom this task has been assigned. Coming opportunities and activities in the community are announced, after which there is fellowship and conversation.

We welcome you to share this hour of silent worship.

And so, I find it well to come
For deeper rest to this still room,
For here the habit of the soul
Feels less the outer world's control;
The strength of mutual purpose pleads
More earnestly our common needs;
And from the silence multiplied
by these still forms on either side,
The world that time and sense have known
Falls off and leaves us God alone.

      -- John Greenleaf Whittier
              in "The Meeting" (1868)