November 2, 2015
This Week’s Query…
From: Advices and queries; Britain Yearly Meeting Faith and Practice, 5th edition, @ 1995-2015 Quaker Faith and Practice
“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 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’.”
A recent study shows that fewer people are attending church – fewer intellectuals. There’s a growing number of agnostics and athiests, and more and more persons who have received higher degrees of study, turning away from formal religion and the church. Are we getting too smart for God? Does God not have anything yet to say to those who like to think and reason? Perhaps it has more to do with our perception of ourselves than with our understanding of God. Will we yield our minds to what God has for us in a place as radical as worship? Will we come? Will we come with reverence, considering the possibility of encounter with something beyond ourselves? Is it possible that something within is waiting to be ‘raised up’, to be ‘prompted’? Are we afraid? Is God too smart for us?