Friends affirmed that meeting for worship is the heart of the life of the meeting.
There was much reflection on time for worship outside of weekly First Day worship. Friends do engage in varying levels of prayer, Bible study, and other worship activities, and we agreed that there are opportunities for meditation and reflection outside of overtly religious ones which we find valuable—whether that’s through exercise or another discipline. It was suggested that time for worship and gathered study outside of weekly meeting for worship was an area where more effort might be made collectively in the future, and that the Affiliation Committee had brought this up as a point for us to consider.
We wondered what our corporate journey looked like when we are away from each other, and we were struck by the Advice’s emphasis on the presence of God among us as opposed to “messages” from God.