WORSHIP AND MINISTRY COMMITTEE 2010 ANNUAL REPORT:

THFM Worship and Ministry Committee supports the spiritual enrichment of the Meeting community. The Committee strives to deepen and strengthen meeting for worship.

In January we were challenged with these words from Frank Zeigler: "From time to time we need to review our worship. Does it inspire and lead the Meeting toward a more definitive sense of religious well being? Is more to be desired? Is Faith and Practice consulted for guidance?"

Excerpt from Faith and Practice:

"All present should remember that spiritual opportunities entail responsibilities as well, including attention to the time of assembling and consideration for those already settled.

Speaking carried on in a spirit of debate or lecturing or discussion is destructive to the life of the meeting for worship and of the meeting community. It is rarely helpful to answer or rebut what has been said previously. Friends moved to vigorous support of causes need to find brief and sensitive ways to voice their insights. Any who habitually settle into silent reading or sit in inattentive idleness cut themselves off form their fellow worshipers and from the pervasive reach of the spirit. If hindrances to worship occur within a meeting for worship, members of the Worship and Ministry Committee or others as appropriate should move quickly and in love to provide counsel."

There is a renewal of spirit when we turn away from the worldly matters to rediscover inward serenity. Friends know from experience the validity of Jesus' promise that, "Where two or three people are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them ... (Matthew 18:20). Often we realize our hopes for a heightened sense of presence of God through the cumulative power of group worship, communicated in silent as well as vocal ministry. When we experience such a profound and evident sense of oneness with God and with one another, we speak of a gathered or coveted meeting for worship."

Committee members for 2010 included Mark Beck, Paige Bethke, Denny Bliss; Tatiana Harrison, Katherine Johnson, Connie Lewis, John Winterbottom, Helen Womack, Frank Zeigler and Joyce Zeigler and visitor Michael Sorn.

Worship and Ministry Committee Members continued the practice of reading the Queries on Business Meeting First Day. We also offered a reading of the Advises periodically as a continuation and reminder of Faith and Practice in our lives and the business of our meeting.

W & M responded to the mission of supporting the spiritual foundation of THFM by organizing the following adult education activities and events:

Respectfully submitted,
Clerk Paige Bethke; Committee Members Mark Beck, Denny Bliss; Tatiana Harrison, Katherine Johnson, Connie Lewis, John Winterbottom, Helen Womack, Frank Zeigler and Joyce Zeigler.

Third Haven Friends Monthly Meeting is a member of Southern Quarterly Meeting of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of Friends General Conference of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Meetings for Worship: Sundays 10:00AM, Wednesdays 5:30PM; (Childcare available on Sundays.)

Meetings for Worship with Attention to Business: 2nd Sunday of the Month following Meeting for Worship (except for the months of July and August)

Contact: 405 S. Washington St., Easton, MD 21601; (410) 822-0293; 3rdhaven@gmail.com; Find Us on Facebook; Clerk Molly Burgoyne Brian


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