Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord

In this time of testing we are being taught the meaning of trust. We are learning where our help comes from, it comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. 

                      But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, 
                      whose confidence is in him. They will be like 
                      a tree planted by the water that sends out its 
                      roots by the stream. It does not fear when 
                      heat comes; its leaves are always green. It
                      has no worries in a year of drought and 
                      never fails to bear fruit." Jeremiah 17: 7-8

                     Jesus Said, "My Father has given me all things.
                     No one knows the Son, except the Father: And 
                     no one knows the Father, except the Son and 
                     those whom the Son chooses to tell. Come to 
                     me , all of you who are tired and have heavy 
                     loads, and I will give you rest." 
                                              Matthew 11:27, 28                                                       


Henry Talk

Our open house was a blessing to us, very refreshing! We invited Henry to speak before our open worship. He explained some of the key scripture passages, taken from the original Greek, that Christians may misunderstand today, because some words have changed their meaning through the centuries. We are happy to have a clear recording of Henry's talk in the Salem open house event last Month. Click on the link below to listen.



Invitation To Worship, One in Christ

                   JESUS CHRIST HAS COME
  "Through Christ we all have the right to come to the Father in one spirit" 
   Ephesians 2:18 

                  An invitation to learn about and
           Experience authentic Quaker Christianity 
             at 2 local Friends   (Quaker) Meetings

                 In the Middleton Friends Meeting House
                           Friday at 7 PM, October 13,
Middleton Meeting house  44866 Crestview Rd., Columbiana 44408
                               (1/8 mile west of state route 7, at Middleton crossroad)
                 In the Salem Friends Meeting House           
                        Saturday, at 4 PM October 14th,
10/14 at 4 PM Salem Meeting house 338 east 6th street, Salem 44460

You are invited to meet us and learn how we "worship in spirit and in truth." John1:17
"And so I find it well to come 
For deeper rest to this still room;
For here the habit of the soul 
Feels less the outer world's control,
And from the silence, multiplied
By these still forms on every side,
The world that time and sense have known
Falls off and leaves us God alone."
   -John Greenleaf Whittier-

    "But the Lord is in His holy temple, let all the world keep silence before Him"
               Habakkuk 3:1


Hear Ye Him

       The new sign in front of our Meeting House!

Even when animal or grain sacrifice was expected, God spoke through His prophets of how we are to prepare ourselves to approach Him. "Obedience is better than sacrifice and submission than offering the fat of lambs" 1 Samuel 15:22
There is a deep place within each person, where our spirit can go to "hear Him." Know Him or experience Him  are also references we use to describe a reverent worship in the Name of Jesus.

Let us speak and live what we profess to believe. How can we with all our weakness and failures be true children of God? The Scriptures have recorded how humankind has turned away from their creator and followed their own ways. They also point us to a Savior, who will guide us into a better way……"…..This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, hear ye him." Math 17:5

Ezekiel prophesied thousands of years ago, however, what he was given to say might be a picture of  us even in our time. 
"So they come to you in crowds as if they were ready to listen. They sit in front of you as if they are my people and they hear your words, but they do not obey them, with their mouths they tell me they love me, but their hearts desire their selfish profits. To your people you are nothing more than a singer who sings love songs and has a beautiful voice and plays a musical instrument well. They hear your words but they will not obey them." Ezekiel 33: 31-33

"My flock wandered all over the mountains & on every high hill. they were scattered all over the face of the earth & not one searched for them." 34:6

"This is what the Lord God says: I myself will search for my sheep & take care of them as a shepherd takes care of his scattered flock when it is found. I will save them from all the places where they were scattered on a cloudy & dark day."  34:11-12

"Ask and it will be given to you, seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you." Matt 7:7

"That they would seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him and find him, though he be not far from every one of us." Act 17:27

Middleton Friends welcome others to join us as we seek Him (Christ Jesus).


Go In The Name Of Jesus

"Blessed are those who go in the name of the Lord. There is salvation in no other name under heaven." Acts 4:12

Psalm 23:3 "He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake."

I understand that the Greek root for the word "Name" is essence of, or in the spirit of.

"Jesus saith unto him, "I am the way, the Truth and the Life, - no man comes to the Father, but by me." John14:6

The second weekend of last month we were blessed with a visit from Kim Palmer. Kim traveled from his home in California, in faithfulness to a calling to visit each meeting in Ohio Yearly Meeting. This faithfulness is an example of Matthew 28:19, "So go and make followers of all people in the world. Baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey everything that I have taught you, and I will be with you always, even until the end of this age."


What Are You Waiting For?

What are you waiting for?

For what purpose do we sit silently with closed eyes & bowed heads? Do we wait for time to pass that we might get to the next thing on our agenda? Do we wait for someone in the room to speak? The prophets of old would step aside to wait for the Word of God to guide them. Jesus himself spent what time He could alone in the quiet to be with God. Jesus told us to learn to recognize His voice. We are told that that voice does not come in wind or fire, but as a still small voice. Is it the strength of the Lord, that peace beyond understanding, for which you wait? 
"I will stand upon my watch, and sit upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. The Lord answered me, and said, write the vision and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry."
Habakkuk 2:1-3

Last week, during our combined meeting at Salem, about 18 students from Malone College worshiped with us. The worship seemed to be covered with a Holy covering.


Sounds of Silence

"It is God who works in you, both to will & to do of his good pleasure."Philippians 2:13… "Do this because we live in an important time. It is now time for you to wake up from your sleep, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is almost finished, and the day is almost here. So we should stop doing things that belong to darkness and take up the weapons used for fighting in the light. Let us live in a right way, like people who belong to the day. We should not have wild parties or get drunk. There should be no sexual sins of any kind, no fighting or jealousy. But clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus, and forget about satisfying your sinful self." Romans 13:11-14
Our meetings for worship have been blessed these past few weeks. We gather upstairs, in the southeast room of our meetinghouse. There is an electric  warming heater that gives the room that extra cozy feeling, as the snow & cold prevail outside. Last month we enjoyed a brief visit by interested Friends from Vermont, Meg & Judith. Meg is particularly interested in the worship of Conservative Friends. She raises sheep on her farm in Vermont. It was our special pleasure to meet & fellowship with these Christ lovers from New England.
Today I was reminded of a story Harvey Newlin used to tell us. He was a Conservative Friend in North Carolina. On his way to meeting he would see a neighbor sitting on his front porch. Harvey would invite the man to meeting. The neighbor refused, until one day he told Harvey he would accompany him. So the man sat in the silent meeting with Friends at……. After Meeting Harvey asked the neighbor how he liked meeting. The man replied brusquely, "Didn't like it." Harvey asked what about it he didn't like. The visitor replied, "I thought of every wrong thing I ever done." So, Harvey concluded his story with the comment that he thought the Lord had done some useful work within the visitor.
Our waiting worship may seem more difficult. Each member has responsibility for the life of our worship. How we live & relate to our Heavenly Father each day as well as how we submit to the Holy Spirit during worship is what keeps the lamp burning in our hearts as we worship.
We celebrated the life of our beloved Mary Eva Guindon (Meg) Stanley this past month. She was 86. A recognized overseer, she will be remembered as one of our kindest, most compassionate members, always holding up her faith in Christ Jesus & His way of righteousness.