Friendship Sunday

Winchester Friends Church Welcomes You to Our 20th Annual
Friendship Sunday
September 23, 2018      10:30 AM       Randolph County Fairgrounds



When I came into the silent assemblies of God’s people, I felt a secret power among them, which touched my heart; and as I gave way unto it, I found the evil weakening in me and the good raised up; and so I became thus knit and united unto them, hungering more and more after the increase of this power and life whereby I might feel myself perfectly redeemed; and indeed this is the surest way to become a Christian.
–early Friends theologian Robert Barclay, approx. 1685


Choir                          How Can I Keep From Singing?                                       Brian Lilly, Mary Clark
There is an endless song echoes in my soul, I hear the music ring.
And though the storms may come I am holding on; to the Rock I cling.
How can I keep from singing Your praise?  How can I ever say enough?  How amazing is Your love! 
How can I keep from shouting Your name?  I know I am loved by the King, and it makes my heart want to sing.
I will lift my eyes in the darkest night, for I know my Savior lives. 
And I will walk with You knowing You’ll see me through,
and sing the songs You give…..  O Lord, You make me want to sing.  
–C.Tomlin, E.Cash, M.Redman; arr. L.Larson (CCLI 649965)
My life flows on in endless song, above the earth’s lamentation.
I hear the real, though far off song that hails a new creation.
Through  all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing.
It finds an echo in my soul;  How can I keep from singing?
While though the tempest loudly roars, I hear the truth, it liveth.
And though the darkness round me close, songs in the night it giveth.
No storm can shake my inmost calm, while to that rock I’m clinging.
Since love is lord of heav’n and earth, How can I keep from singing?….
How can I keep from singing?
Quaker Song, arr. Jay Althouse  (CCLI 649965)


After worship, write your name on a balloon card and launch a Peace Prayer Balloon
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. 
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. 
For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
–Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, printed on the cards borne by the balloons launched today “in hope and longing for a world made new by Christ’s love”
Everyone is welcome for the Fall Picnic Lunch in the dining hall right after the Peace Balloon launch.  Special thanks to the Fabulous Friends and Parsonage Classes and the Christian Fellowship Committee for their organization and work on the meal, to the gifted cooks of our Meeting for sharing their specialties with everyone today, to the Ministry & Oversight for sponsoring Friendship Sunday, and to the County Extension office for making these facilities available for today’s gathering!  After lunch, you are welcome to play some games, fly a kite, explore the fairgrounds, or just visit as long as you like.