Quakerism is such a popular faith here in Chester County that almost everyone is familiar with the practice of silent worship. Not so much elsewhere in the country, though.
I was watching (on DVD) the final season of "Six Feet Under," a wonderful HBO series about a family, the Fishers, who run a funeral parlor in California.
One bereaved family requested a Quaker service, baffling co-owner Nate Fisher. Maggie, a friend of the deceased man, explained to him that Quakers sit in silence and wait for God to speak to them.
"What if He doesn't?" asked Nate.
"Then we make something up," she said with a smile. "At least, I do."