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40 Days of Prayer – Day 11: Gathered in Christ

Belize Friends School On each Saturday of the 40 Days of Prayer for the Future of Friends, we focus on some particular people and projects central to the shared work and witness of FUM. Throughout Jesus’ ministry, he consistently connected with the ones who were otherwise left out, looked over, and discarded. He gathered those who were homeless and out…

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40 Days of Prayer – Day 10: Gathered in Christ

As One Who Lays Down Their Life For Others Friends derive our name from the Scripture passage John 15:15: “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” When reading verse fifteen in isolation,…

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40 Days of Prayer – Day 9: Gathered in Christ

As One Whose Eyes Are Fixed On Jesus Some years ago, I was giving a tour of my meetinghouse and grounds to a person unfamiliar with Quakers. When we entered the meetinghouse, my guest looked around at the simple benches and bare walls and asked, “Where is the altar?” My immediate response was to say the altar appears in our…

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40 Days of Prayer – Day 8: Gathered in Christ

As One Who Is Set Free Last year I adopted a dog for the first time. My house became home to a six-year-old chocolate lab named Coco. She has brought joy to my life and taught me so much. One of the things she has taught me about is forgiveness. For example, when she decided to jump on the counter…

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40 Days of Prayer – Day 7: Gathered in Christ

As One Who Knows The Truth Our Quaker forebears always spoke of their faith as “The Truth,” with a capital T. Their spiritual work wasn’t called evangelism or pastoral ministry or other terms we use today, but the “service of Truth.” Early Quakers were fully confident that Jesus was speaking to them personally when he told his disciples “the Spirit…

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40 Days of Prayer – Day 6: Gathered in Christ

As One Who Follows Have you seen Greg Olsen’s painting, “Lost and Found”? It shows Jesus sitting on a park bench with a modern young man. They are looking rather intently at each other. Alongside the park bench is the young man’s pack and bedroll. Olsen’s original painting has no caption, but the version floating around the Internet reads, “No,…

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40 Days of Prayer – Day 5: Gathered in Christ

Fellowship Group, Week 1 Joining Christ in the Deep: “Tell me to come to you on the water” (Matthew 14:28) Gathering (15 minutes) Because this is the first meeting of your Fellowship Group, take a few minutes to tend to several organizational matters: • Appoint a group facilitator to coordinate your group’s schedule and guide group conversations. • Agree on…

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40 Days of Prayer – Day 4: Gathered in Christ

Ramallah Friends School On each Saturday of the 40 Days of Prayer for the Future of Friends, we will focus on some particular people and projects central to the shared work and witness of FUM. As Jesus gathered his first disciples, he brought together an unlikely assortment of people. Despite their differences and even their hostilities, they began to see…

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40 Days of Prayer – Day 3: Gathered in Christ

As One Who Obeys “But Jonah ran away from the Lord…” (Jonah 1:3). It only takes three verses into the first chapter of Jonah to encounter these infamous words. God had given a mission to this prophet and Jonah responded by showing his backside to the Lord as he turned to run. Before we can even get to know Jonah…

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40 Days of Prayer – Day 1: Gathered in Christ

As One Who Listens Like many older people, my Dad spent his later years wearing a hearing device to amplify the voices around him. I’m sure he had a legitimate degree of hearing loss, but our family was often amused and sometimes irked by how Dad could miss something that was said clearly in front of him, yet pick up on a…

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