We worship in a somewhat non-traditional way, worshipping in a programmed (planned) way, then settling into silence so that the Holy Spirit can speak to us individually and collectively. There may be 15 minutes between God leading someone to speak or it may be a year. There are no averages. Worship in the manner of Friends means coming to worship expecting to hear from God and living in a way that removes distractions from God’s leading. Our worship services are semi-programmed with the last 10-20 minutes being held in waiting worship, as we listen for God’s voice to us and to our meeting. Our normal week is a 10:30 service on Sundays, but we are active at other times of month and week as scheduled.
Mary could have run from her situation, or she could have stayed hidden in embarrassment. But instead she chose to sing the Magnificat and embrace the good in the situation.