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The Religious Society of  Friends holds worship in silence, i.e., waiting upon the Lord. This worship is called unprogrammed because in the past some Meetings chose to perform worship in the style of programmed churches, such as Presbyterian and Baptist. Programmed churches rely on paid ministers to preach the words of God.

Friends unprogrammed meetings do not rely on paid ministers to feed the flock. Jesus said in John 10: 11a, 12:

"I am the good shepherd[.] But he that is an hireling, and not the sheperd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep and fleeth; and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep."

Unprogrammed Friends meetings wait upon their good shepherd to feed them.

Sometimes though I, who's only ever known unprogrammed worship, find myself turning the table. God is waiting on me because my mind is focused on something (or many somethings) else. Another distraction for me, or maybe it's not a distraction but rather spoiled-child demand, is treating my Creator as a bubblegum machine, wherein I drop in and he gives me a gum ball. (This is not a new admonishment for me.) When I wait without trying to hurry him I am humbled and exalted--exalted from his gracious openings given me. They are like precious jewels adorning me.

Beautiful and exhilerating is George Fox's exhortation from one of his sermons.

"Therefore to him that is the God of all power I shall commit and commend you, and to the word of his grace to establish you upon Christ Jesus. And therefore, every man and woman, come to know that you have received his faith, his spirit, his grace, his life, his light, and truth, growing up in Christ from whence this comes that bruises the head of the serpent and destroys him and his works, who is above all. Glory be to God forever."

That is to say that no one through nature has any of the attributes cited. Their only source is Christ Jesus, who so patiently tenders us. That, too, is why George Fox said  in his journal from the beginning of his understanding, "Then the Lord let me see why there was none upon the earth that could speak to my condition, namely, that I might give Him all the glory. For all are concluded under sin and shut up in unbelief, as I had been; that  Jesus Christ might have the pre-eminence who enlightens, and gives grace, and faith, and power."

Power to overcome Satan. Blessed is the Lord forever and ever.

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