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“A Thanksgiving Prayer” by John Predmore, SJ

I’m Grateful God: A Thanksgiving Prayer for Everyone I’m grateful, God, for so many things. Now, I know I’m not the most grateful person you know, God, so let me take some time to tell you what I’m thankful for. I’m grateful, God, for the gift of life. Without you I wouldn’t be here. Without you nothing would be here. Without you nothing would be at all. I’m grateful for my parents, God. Even if they weren’t perfect, or completely…

Practicing Gratitude – A Week of “Thanksliving” (Scott’s Monday Message)

A few years ago I saw the word “thanksliving” rather then the more familiar term “thanksgiving”. It was a great reminder that giving thanks is a way of life and not just something we do once a year. Yesterday in my message I talked about the “ABC’s of Gratitude” and shared three very practical ways in which we can practice gratitude this week. When we practice gratitude, it engages and touches our hearts in such a way that we find…

“Investing In God’s Dream” by Scott

The following blog post is my lead article for our May newsletter.  In it I speak to the issue of stewardship and how it is a way of investing in God’s dream for all of creation.  You have probably heard of venture capital.  It is money that is invested in someone else’s dream. In other words, a person has a dream for a start-up business or they have a great idea for a project but they need money to get…

“Who do say that I am?”

This past Sunday my message centered around Jesus question to his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?”  Jesus knew what the crowds were saying about him.  He knew what the legal experts and religious authorities were saying about him.  What he wanted to know is what his disciples had to say about him. He didn’t want them to simply repeat what others were saying.  Jesus wanted his disciples to look deep within and to speak from their heart.…

“What’s New With You?”

This past Sunday I spoke on Isaiah 43:18-19.  In that Scripture we read these words:  “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?”  This Scripture always lends itself well to the new year.  It speaks to the very things we think about when a new year begins…moving beyond the old year, forgetting what has happened, moving forward in life, embracing new beginnings.…

“An Introduction to Quaker Business Practice” by Eden Grace

The following is an excellent article by Eden Grace.  It gives a wonderful overview of Quaker business practice and what is at the heart of how we do business. An Introduction to Quaker Business Practice subcommittee meeting of the Special Commission on Orthodox Participation in the World Council of Churches Damascus, Syria March 2000 This paper is also published on the WCC web site as: http://www.wcc-coe.org/wcc/who/damascuspost-03-e.html This paper is intended as an introduction to how Quakers make decisions, and why…

“Everything Matters…Even in Church”

The following is the Scott’s article for the upcoming September Newsletter. A few years ago Starbucks came out with an ad campaign that was summed up in two simple words, “Everything Matters!”  Their simple premise was that at Starbucks, everything matters—from the quality of the coffee to the relationship with the coffee growers to the environment of their coffee shops to the cleanliness of the restrooms.  For them, everything mattered because they strived to make the Starbucks experience a quality…

“Lent – A Spiritual Housecleaning” – Scott Wagoner

The season of Lent begins on March 9th with Ash Wednesday. Being the non-ceremonial type we Quakers tend not to focus as much on these ritual seasons. But when it comes to Lent, neglecting such a focus can sometimes be our loss. Lent is the season before Easter that commemorates the forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness before his ministry began. During this time we are invited to contemplate our own Christian journey and consider the disciplines that we…

Deep River Friends Meeting

Welcome to the new blog for Deep River Friends Meeting. Each week we will be posting updates on upcoming activities. There will also be inspirational essays as well as opportunities to learn more about who Friends/Quakers are and what’s on our heart and mind as a meeting. Feel free to offer your thoughts anytime. And feel free to join us for worship at 11AM each Sunday. You can find us at 5300 West Wendover Avenue, High Point, NC.