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Quaker Worship Pt 2: Giving Vocal Ministry

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In the Quaker religion, adherents believe that a higher power can speak through them. We asked Quakers what it’s actually like to experience this.

Comments 11

  1. howard hadley

    interesting. I come from an organized ritualized background. If someone asked me if I were a Christian I would say yes. Yet, I always felt a direct relationship with God and wondered why others felt they could not speak directly to God (or higher being or whatever label you are comfortable with) and need an in-between interpreter yet alone a fourth party in the form of a priest.

    the more I see this series the more I realize why my ancestors were Quakers and why they were persecuted for their beliefs.

    Am I the only one or are there others that can have a direct conversation with a higher being?

  2. sally davis

    The audio is disappearing every few seconds and I have to manually get it going again. Can this be corrected from your end?

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      Jon Watts

      Hi Sally!

      I’m afraid its on your end! Have you checked the wiring on your audio? It sounds like you might have a short somewhere.

      Further troubleshooting tips here.

      thanks
      Jon

  3. Deborah Dougherty

    Thanks, Jon, for this one. I enjoyed it…it made me smile. And Howard: I grew up Catholic, and I always talked to God. I did not feel that I needed a “priest,” although I had one whom I would call my “spiritual father” (as opposed to biological father), and I loved him fiercely. He encouraged my direct spiritual connections. My grandmother, a fervent Catholic, also had direct spiritual connections, and used the priest to access the Catholic traditions. I would say, though, that her connection to Spirit was direct. People did look a little askance at me when I would say things like, “Well, I’m not sure that that’s the message I’m getting from God…” or, “If God is with it, it will work out.” One of my brothers said once, “Oh – You and God!”

    When I first found, and as I have grown into, Quakersim, the everyday ordinariness of being in relationship and talking with God has brought me much pleasure. Nobody thinks it’s weird that I talk to God, and that God talks back. How cool is that?!!

  4. Noel Staples

    I’m a UK Friend from Peterborough in Cambridgeshire and enjoy these weekly videos. One of my favourite sayings is that “the ministry of the tea towel is just as important as vocal ministry!” The gift of vocal ministry is not given to that many people. It’s how we live out our relationship with God in every aspect of our lives that’s important. Love and blessings to all you Ffriends in America.

  5. Bonnie

    I am so pleased that you have started this “Quaker Speaks” as there is no meeting near my location, so this gives me insight and a connection with Quakers. Thanks!

  6. Carl Alexander

    Callid describes an “electric” feeling during vocal ministry. This rapture also happens during what some denominations call “witnessing”. I was raised in a church that practiced this and as a child I was very uncomfortable with it and even had a degree of dislike for those present, including my family. I now recognize that then, I was expected and all but required to stand and praise God whether I felt like it or not.
    When I am at Meeting, that silent worship can remain silent if I wish has added spice to any vocal ministry so that if I am lead to speak, this electric feeling, not really being completely in control of what I am saying, and being unable to not rise and speak has given me an understanding of the fervor of the beliefs of my childhood co-worshipers.
    One thing that was in common was the strong knowledge that no priest, or even the local pastor, was needed to establish a communion with God.

  7. Chester Kirchman

    It felt warm listening to differing views about no need for the priest or pastor. Years ago, I gave a sermon in a Methodist Church and later received ordination through an Evangelical Ministries. Some how, it never seemed right. My place in reaching out to God, is for me and in uniting with others, not controlling a message given to others.
    I have had the honor to know people in those types of positions. In running Teen-Rec Night and coaching the Marauders (a softball team), working with Father Richard Zavacki (RAZ) was a genuine pleasure. Help received from through work for Reverend Vernon McDormand, Disciples of Christ, came at a needed time for my wife, Sandi (deceased) and I.
    Plus, many other churches and religions have been a part of my life. It led me to a Universal belief (not Unitarian) for all mankind. As in this presentation, we each have our touch with God through inward or inner light. The Religious Society of Friends provides an acceptance of finding and using the ultimate spirit from within and reaching out to and/or with others. My basic reason for becoming a member of Quaker Universalist Fellowship.

  8. Fr. Jack LaRocca

    Blessing to each of your dearest loving souls. Your message is presently on the right Track. Congratulations to all you dearest souls who are feeling the call to speak and share in your service. There will be an increasing number of you doing this no matter what inhibitions one may experience such as being shy. Everyone will receive consciously Divine messages being touched within each soul Divine Love.

    The Royal Priesthood of Christ is being awakened in every earthly family member. The New Priesthood is in the heart and hands of each individual person to use officially this year. Every age on Mother Planet will have increasing access to this Divine Love and receive full conscious insights of knowledge kept from all previously from the past. “All that is hidden will be Revealed” Love is increasing while The Royal Priesthood is inflamed with the True Light of Divine Love.

    This year 2014 started the New Dispensation of Divine Love. We left the Dispensation of Grace Period (New Testament) and prior to that, was the Dispensation of the Law Period (Old Testament).

    Christ and His Legions throughout the Galaxy are coming to Mother Earth to make for the NEW earth. HEAVEN IS APPROACHING SWIFTLY TO CELEBRATE HUMANITY’S VICTORY IN OVERCOMING DARK FORCES ALLOWING THEIR LIGHT TO SHINE WITH THE PURE DIVINE LOVE.

    CONGRATULATIONS MY DEAR BROTHERS AND SISTER. I AM HAPPY FOR ALL THIS AND MUCH MORE THAT IS COMING OUR WAY. INVITE ALL TO WAKE UP FOR THESE EXCITING TIMES.

  9. Bradley Wing

    We have used this video and the first one on silent worship in Meeting for Learning, and they have sparked wonderful discussions. Thank you for producing this series.

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