Thomas Kelly on some true worshipers needed to help others become the same

Thomas Kelly notes that for a group to experience the Shekinah of God there needs to be some individuals who are already “gathered deep in the spirit of worship….In them, and from them, begins the work of worship. The spiritual devotion of a few persons…is needed to kindle the rest, to help those others who enter the service with tangled, harried, distraught thoughts to be melted and quieted and released and made pliant, ready for the work of God and His Real Presence.”

Thomas Kelly, The Eternal Promise, 82-83, quoted by Richard J. Foster, Sanctuary of the Soul: Journey into Meditative Prayer, 51.

prayer for the fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Book of Common Prayer