Today was a bittersweet Meeting, as we gathered not just for worship but also to say farewell to our outgoing Clerk, who is leaving for a new life in Santa Fe.
The weather was gorgeous, so many of us opted to sit outside; there were three who sat inside the Meeting House. Because our Meeting is so small, whomever is the Greeter is also in charge of starting Meeting, bringing worship to a close and for bringing the snacks for our post-Meeting gathering (lighting the stoves and trying to warm the building are wintertime tasks). Usually that person leaves with about 5-10 minutes to go, heats up the tea water, and then comes back to let us know that it is the rise of Meeting.
Today, our Greeter left to start the water, and the rest of us kept our silence. Suddenly, coming out of the Meeting House, came an electronic chime. Then, eerily, Siri's voice saying, "I'm sorry. I do not understand the question."
Needless to say, that broke up Meeting as we all chuckled about the coincidence and the aptness of the comment. And some of us wondered, what does Apple know that we Quakers don't?