The Participation Service has its roots in the Quaker Meeting. There is quiet music with introductory words in the beginning, and quiet music at the end, but in between, the silence is broken only by individuals sharing thoughts and feelings that are significant to them. When others are speaking, listen with love. If you respond to others, be sure to let them know that you have understood what they have said, whether or not you agree. It is preferable to speak out of your own feelings and experiences, therefore talking in terms of “what I feel” rather than “what people feel.” Silence is preferred to a time-filling conversation.
Dick Park is a retired social worker and long-time member of this congregation.
Topics: Standard Sunday Service