christmas and Quakers

Street Corner Society offers a very thoughtful look into Quaker practices concerning the holidays. This feeds into and also challenges what I said yesterday.

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Wess the William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. Wess has a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, served as a "released minister" at Camas Friends Church, and is the father of three. He enjoys sketchnoting, sharing conversation over coffee with friends, listening to vinyl and writing creative nonfiction.

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  1. Having joined the Quaker Church this summer I was drawn to the simplicity of the worship and the pure unadulterated preaching of the word. I feel simplicity is the key. I would suggest a Christmas Eve Service (candlelight only) with an empty creche filled with straw at the center of the altar with one light shining down on it. People should enter introspectively seeking the renewed birth of our Lord and Saviour in thier own hearts. They should be handed a small candle upon entry. A guitarist could be playing "Simple Gifts" as the people quietly enter.
    Then the pastor could read the Christmas story from Matthew, make brief comments followed by the lighting of the candles and singing "Silent Night" accapello. Poeple should leave the church in silence and anticiplation.

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