Quaker worship reflects our belief that God is ever present and speaks directly to each individual. Quaker worship is grounded in meditative listening and expectant waiting for Divine Guidance. We meet weekly for an hour of collective meditation in which each worshiper is a listener. We are also all ministers, available as the conduits of Divinely inspired messages.The entire hour may pass in a rich corporate silence or with several short messages, each followed by silence so the message has time to be heard.
At Chatham Summit meeting we have unprogrammed worship, meaning that we minister to each other through both silence and spoken messages, without use of hymns or rituals.