For the writer, Jane Box, “silence…is the place in which the work grows.” In our own lives, silence can often seem so “golden” that it is a rare and treasured gift. At times, we avoid silence by filling our spaces with blaring media within our homes or through our ear buds. At other times, we retreat to silence. We sometimes recognize that silence has the power to shape us. As part of today’s worship, following music, some readings and a homily, we will practice a time of “worship in the manner of Friends” (Quakers). During this time, we will listen to the silence and speak out of the silence.