Why Our Worship Shouldn’t Be Limited to Sunday Mornings

Callid Keefe-Perry shares how Quakers used to worship wherever and whenever they felt the Spirit moving, and how exciting it can be to do that today.

Jon Watts

Jon Watts

Jon Watts launched and directed the QuakerSpeak project for its first 6 seasons. Keep up to date with Jon’s work at his website.

6 thoughts on “Why Our Worship Shouldn’t Be Limited to Sunday Mornings

  1. Thanks Jon and Callid,

    I agree. Worship should not be limited to a day of the week. I have had the blessed experience of extend worship, where the time constraint is also released. (we worship for three hours or more). I hope that way opens to explore extended worship with others. The next extended worship will be held at Lancaster meeting on June 6th (perfect for friends within philadelphia yearly meeting or baltimore yearly meeting). Perhaps friends might like to join us. http://www.pym.org/calendar/events/2015-extended-worship-at-lancaster-meeting/

    Thanks, Lola

  2. The influence of the Religious Society of Friends began to wane when our worship became secret, weekly and quaint. Can our worship once again become a daily awakening into the Light that guides and orders us? When that becomes our Truth we won’t need to concern ourselves with visibility or viability. The “Lamp” is already burning on the lamp stand. It always has been. We are simply challenged to point toward and be guided by that Light in every moment that we are able. We become better able when we regularly pause in gratitude for the miracles of Love that surround us. Thank you again Callid.

  3. If we follow this argument–that we are under God and not Caesar– shouldn’t we support the bakers in Indiana who follow their leadings not to serve people whose life choices they feel are out of alignment with God’s will? They are essentially carrying their worship outside their routine church services. Should Quaker bakers cater a gathering of military weapons contractors? Just asking.

    1. It seem to me that taking our worship outside of the meetinghouse has nothing to do with a public and commercial venture that functions under Caesar and pays that coin to Caesar. Every dollar we pay in taxes also pays for war so purity is not an option when it comes to money. I cannot judge one’s faith leading as it interacts with the world but I would sell cake to military weapons contractors out of my love for them as God’s children and as a possible opportunity to offer ministry.

  4. My understanding is the early Christians , who were mostly Jewish, chose the 1st day of the week (Sunday) to celebrate the resurrection, which reportedly occurred on a Sunday. The Sabarth (Saturday) was no longer relevant and as they were Jewish the Synagogue was no longer an appropriate place to worship so they gathered at each others homes.
    Having said this, we can worship every day, through our work, relationships, and moments of stillness in service to one another. Cesar didn’t determine the day, we did.

  5. I agree with worshiping when worshiping calls…and I like the idea of it being outside of the first day of the week – totally agree. I’m struck by the comment that “We don’t initiate worship – God initiates worship.” I’m not so sure about that. It is my experienceTarrytown that God is usually always in communication with me – it is constant and not something that has to be initiated – but is simply there. In this manner, it is up to me to “initiate” the worship, during which time I “listen” to God.

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