Worship at Sessions

While we hope Friends will engage throughout Sessions in a spirit of worship, there are several specific opportunities for worship and prayer throughout the week:
  • On Sunday, August 2, several worship opportunities will be offered between 9 and 11 a.m. [scroll down for more information]
  • Early morning worship, 6-6:45 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
  • Bible Half Hours on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday will be followed by a half hour of waiting worship
  • The Memorial Meeting for Worship will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, August 3
  • Business meetings are intentionally more spacious to allow for returning to deeper grounding in worship

Options for Sunday morning worship 

Worship in Song

There will be an opportunity to sing on Sunday morning, hosted by Kristina Keefe-Perry (Fresh Pond, MA, Monthly Meeting), Sunday, August 2, 9:00 to 9:30 a.m.

Come join in half an hour of singing before other opportunities for worship on Sunday morning.

How Do We Hold the Light?

What does "Holding in the Light" feel like in our bodies? Through shared worship, we will explore the embodied experience of "Holding in the Light"—holding ourselves and holding each other. Evan McManamy (Providence) will lead us into worship by offering two practices from his work in trauma therapy bodywork. 10 a.m.

Family-Friendly Worship with Clay and Play

Join Junior Highers and Young Friends in worship from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m., led by Maggie Nelson and Gretchen-Baker Smith, coordinators of the Young Friends and JHYM Programs. Friends of all ages are invited to let clay or another playful object guide them as they listen for the shapes and movements Spirit takes within us. 

"Offline" Worship

Dear Friends,

In moments when I find worship difficult, it has helped me to turn back to Faith and Practice for guidance and support.  The corporate nature of our communal worship has at times felt far off for me in this time of meeting via Zoom (or alone).  

As I read through the excerpts and passages about "The Meeting for Worship" in Faith and Practice, I found some guidance from Douglas Steere, which spoke to me about my own responsibility as I enter into worship, whether alone or with others. I wonder if it might also help others in their own worship practice and I invite you in your worship this morning to see what these words bring up in you.  

"In the Quaker meeting for worship, the member must still [their] body, still [their] mind, must attend to the presence of God, must thank and adore [God] for being what [God] is, must feel the incongruities in [one's] own life that are are out of keeping with such a presence, must long for their removal and for forgiveness, must be inwardly absolved, must become conscious of persons and situations in special need and draw them into this presence, must wait in utter stillness before God,  and if some even deeper insight into [one's] own condition should be discovered to [them]... by the unhurried stay in the presence of the Divine Listener, [...] must be ready to yield to what is required of [them].”  (F&P 1985 pg 101) 

As you center into worship you might consider the following questions, which arise from this reading:

  • What are you thankful for?
  • What incongruities do you feel?
  • Do you know you are forgiven?
  • What special people and situations might you be called to pay attention to?
  • What must you yield to?

Even as we are far apart I am with you and the many others worshiping at home today. I hope you find what you need.

-Honor Woodrow (Framingham, MA)
Clerk, NEYM Ministry and Counsel

The links to join these and other Sessions events will be in the Yearly Meeting News daily email.

Memorial Meeting

This year’s Memorial Meeting will be held by zoom from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, August 3.

We will read excerpts from 22 Memorial Minutes. To give a sense of the span of history, we will name these Friends and read excerpts from their Memorial Minutes roughly in the order that they were born, pausing between groups of minutes for Friends to reflect and share stories of their own. Sixteen of these minutes are for Friends who were born in the 1920s and 30s and were youth and young adults during the Great Depression and WWII. Two survived Nazi-occupied Poland and Hungary. Several were key members of meetings that were revived or took root in the mid-20th century. Some played important roles in the world, and some in their local communities. All were known and loved by circles of Friends and family. Threads from their lives continue to run though our Yearly Meeting.

After reading excerpts from all the Memorial Minutes, we will present the names of those Friends who have died since last August, and whose names have been reported to the Yearly Meeting. These will be grouped by Quarter.

You can learn more about these beloved Friends by coming to the Memorial Meeting and by reading the full Memorial Minutes, which you can find here.