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Founders Day Prayer – 2016

This is the prayer we offered at the beginning of meeting for worship at our recent Founders Day, Sunday, November 6. Gracious and Loving God, 262 years ago, you gathered together a group of people who felt called to become a faith community in the Quaker tradition. These folks would become known as Deep River Friends Meeting. 262 years ago, they came together with a mustard seed of faith that existed in their hearts. They had no idea how long…

“Gracing the World with Abundance, Beauty, and Courage”

Sunday’s Prepared Message – Deep River Friends -May 1, 2016 One of my NetFlix shows that I Iike to watch is Daredevil. Admittedly, he’s a Marvel comic superhero character that now has it’s own show and it’s intensity level is a bit beyond what I remember comics to include. But I like it and I am fascinated by the storylines…the battle between good and evil. Daredevil, whose name is Matt Murdock,  can’t see. He’s blind.  After saving a man from…

Listening for God in our Lives

This morning we are not having meeting for worship at Deep River Friends due to the wintry weather. It may seem strange to some to not be gathered in a place for worship but maybe it can help teach us about being present where we are and how God can speak to us through the moment. Having a place to gather to worship is a wonderful gift but maybe an even greater gift is knowing that God meets us in…

Taking Inventory of our Soul

This past Sunday (January 3), my prepared message focused on being present to God’s presence in our lives and how we need to pay attention to our lives. One way we can do this is by sitting quietly with questions. Reflecting on questions is like taking inventory of our soul. We’re examining what’s working and what isn’t working. We’re taking a look at what we need to keep and what we need to discard. Here are a series of questions…

An Advent Prayer

This prayer was offered yesterday in meeting as we recognized the first Sunday in Advent. A Prayer for the 1st Sunday in Advent It is never easy to wait… that may be why Advent is so hard for us But loving God, it is not so hard for you. You wait for us to turn from our old ways toward the life you desire for us. You wait for us to admit what we have done, and what we have failed…

“Deep River Friends” – A Poem by Jenny Sarvis

The following is a poem written by Jenny Sarvis. It’s a beautiful picture of Deep River Friends in it’s simplicity. Thank you Jenny for taking the time to put your thoughts on paper. It’s not much to talk about Some even drive right by. Never to notice. It sits tranquil As if to spectate The world gone awry. Three busy streets define, Stores wanting time and your soul. Appointments, must have, have to’s The wrong kind of rush. This simple…

“Making God’s Love Real”- Deep River Friends Tag Line

This past Sunday, the prepared message focused on what it would look like if we had as our “tag line” the phrase, “Making God’s Love Real”.  A “tag line” is basically a catch phrase or slogan that organizations use to describe in a few words their mission and focus. What if, for Deep River Friends, our focus and mission simply was,”Making God’s Love Real”? What would that look like in our personal lives? What would that look like in our…

Imagining A Different World…A World of Love

(Here is the text of Scott’s prepared message from yesterday (June 28). Our Podcast Master is on vacation so we have provided the hard copy on the blog) Deep River Friends June 28, 2015 “Imagining A Different World…A World of Love” Ephesians 3:14-21 We live in a hyper-connected world so it’s hard not to know, to some extent, what has been going on and what is dominating the headlines. In the last two weeks there was a tragic shooting in Charleston,…

Engaging North Carolina Yearly Meeting Concerns

In the past week we have emailed to everyone a series of options North Carolina Yearly Meeting is considering regarding it’s future. The emails provide detail descriptions of possible pathways our Yearly Meeting could take in the near future. These options range from creating a series of “associations” within North Carolina Yearly Meeting depending on theological alignment to expelling meetings that don’t align theologically with the Yearly Meeting’s stated positions. Along this continuum, there is an option which allows meetings…