Revised Set of Queries for
Bridge City Friends Meeting

Selected from NPYM Faith & Practice

[First month: WORSHIP]
How do we prepare our hearts and minds for worship?
Is the vocal ministry exercised under the leading of the Holy Spirit without prearrangement, and in the simplicity and sincerity of truth?
Are we careful not to speak at undue length or beyond our light?
[Second month: PEACE]
Do we live in the virtue of that life and power which takes away the occasion of all war?
As we work for peace in the world, are we nourished by peace within ourselves?
[Third month: MUTUAL CARE]
How careful are we of the reputation of others?
Do we practice the art of listening to one another, even' beyond words?
Are we sensitive to each other's personal needs and difficulties and do we assist in useful ways?
[Fourth month: STEWARDSHIP]
Do we regard our time, talents, energy, money, material possessions and other resources as gifts from God to be held in trust and shared according to the Light we are given?
How do we exercise our respect for the balance of nature?
[Fifth month: WITNESS]
How do our lives testify to our convictions as Friends? What are we doing to share our faith?
How do we practice listening to the truth which may be revealed by others?
[Sixth month: BUSINESS MEETING & UNITY]
Are our Meetings for Business held in the spirit of a Meeting for Worship in which we seek divine guidance for our actions in love and mutual forbearance?- Are we prepared to let go of our individual desires and let the Holy Spirit lead us to unity?
[Seventh month: PARTICIPATION IN THE LIFE OF THE MEETING]
How do we recognize the varied skills and spiritual gifts of our members and attenders?
In what ways are we bringing together members and attenders, young and old, in love and community?
How are strangers made to feel welcome in our midst?
[Eighth month: EQUALITY]
Do we speak to and answer "that of God" in everyone?
What are we doing about the injustices which are part of our social and economic life?
Do we reach out to the violator as well as the violated with courage and love?
[Ninth month: RELIGIOUS EDUCATION]
In what ways does our Meeting help to develop the spiritual lives of our children and of all of our members and attenders?
How do we share our deepest beliefs with our children and with one another?
[Tenth month: CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY]
Are we conscientious in fulfilling obligations to the state and society while opposing those contrary to our understanding of the leadings of God?
How are we working for changes in government when change is needed?
[Eleventh month: FAMILY]
How do we make our homes places of friendliness, peace and renewal, where God is real for those who live there and those who visit?
How does the Meeting support families of all kinds in their attempts to improve communication, family life, and the rearing of children in a context of love?
[Twelfth month: SIMPLICITY]
Do we keep our lives uncluttered with things and activities, and avoid commitments beyond our strength and light?
Do we order our individual lives so as to nourish our spiritual growth?
Do we keep to simplicity and honesty in our speech, our manner of living, and our daily work?

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