Winchester Friends Church
World Quaker Day October 7, 2018
I told them I knew whence all wars arose, even from the lusts (according to James 4:1-3), and that I lived in the virtue of that life and
–Friends founder George Fox, 1651, declining English Commonwealth recruiters’ offer of favorable treatment if he would join their army as an officer
–Society of Friends’ declaration to King Charles II, 1660
Our Faith & Practice instructs the M&O to prepare a report on the Meeting’s spiritual life at the close of each church year. This report was presented to those present at July’s Monthly Meeting for Business. As was done on World Quaker Day 2017, the M&O sensed God’s leading to offer it during worship for broader hearing and reflection.
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”