Friends hear a message about choices we make when God calls us, or 'finds us'. Friends read passages from John 15, and Matthew 20.
Joshua 24:15 - And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. (KKV)
Isaiah 65:12 - Therefore will I number you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter: because when I called, ye did not answer; when I spake, ye did not hear; but did evil before mine eyes, and did choose that wherein I delighted not. (KJV)
John 15:16 - You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. (RSV)
Friends also hear readings from 'The Quaker Doctrine of Inward Peace
' by Howard Brinton. Friends are shown life patterns in Quaker Journals, or spiritual auto-biographies, over hundreds of years where Friends come to inward peace - which is needed before outward peace is possible - when they make a choice to obey the Light of Christ within.
Samuel Caldwell, former General Secretary of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, gave a speech at Pendle Hill, PA, entitled - The Time has come to Choose