Friends Meeting for Worship is a special place—a place of quiet
meditation and occasionally a place of profound messages brought about
through constantly seeking the Truth. And while there are no rules for
speaking in Meeting, we ask Friends and visitors to follow some simple
If you’ve never spoken at Meeting, we welcome your up-welling of
Spirit, for you are but a mouthpiece of a collected group
simplest message, based on deep personal experience, often helps all
those gathered the most. But speaking in Meeting for Worship is
something you shouldn’t take lightly. For most of us, it’s the
culmination of experience and/or reading that leads to a deeper vision
of God and His ways of dealing with us.
And just where does prayer fit into our Meeting for Worship?
Prayer, both silent and vocal, encourages us into a deeper Meeting for
Worship. Sometimes, a single prayer of thanksgiving, intercession,
petition, or dedication, spoken from the heart may uplift the
spiritual feeling of everyone at Meeting. Vocal prayer may provide
many with a focal point which witnesses to the spirit at work in the
Meeting. At other times a prayer, spoken with sincerity may bring
unity to a Meeting for Worship in which the ministry seems scattered
or out of beat. And it may bring focus to a number of messages on
There are those who seem to be called to speak a lot. While, at the
same time, there are those who never speak. Speaking at Meeting isn’t
a requirement but a gift of insight into the wider realm of
understanding of Truth and God.
We prefer that after someone speaks that those at Meeting once
again gather in silence. If you feel called upon to speak, you should
wait a short period so that everyone can absorb the previous message.
And if a message is too long, many won’t be able to absorb its full
more on effective prayer.
< Back to Spiritual Life