December 12, 2018, from the Committee on Ministry and Counsel
Our past two years it has been rich and challenging to have Sunday messages brought by various people. This has also deepened our connections to one another. Many of us have appreciated when there have been a series of messages around a single theme or topic. Sometimes those messages came when we had a pastor, other times when a member felt called to speak several weeks in a row.
The Meeting’s Committee on Ministry and Counsel has prayerfully considered ways to bring greater continuity to our worship. We would like to encourage having a theme for our worship that would change every three months.
We ask that Durham Friends Meeting use these themes we propose as encouragement and stimulus, not as a straightjacket or as a discouragement of other messages that arise within the Meeting.
Messages that do not fit the theme will continue to be most welcome.
Each few months we plan to propose a theme for worship and circulate it among Meeting members. Members of Ministry and Counsel will use the theme in our care of worship activities: we will use the theme to select a reading or a reflection, for example, to open worship.
We encourage Meeting members to consider whether they have a message to offer that arises from or speaks to this theme.
We also encourage other committees of the Meeting to suggest possible themes for our worship.