Mondays at 7:30 pm in the Worship Center
Doors open for meditation at 7:15 pm
The Taizé movement was started in Taizé, France in the 1940’s and has an active monastic brotherhood of more than one hundred brothers from all over the world. It is a prayer movement that draws young and old, male and female, to Taizé for prayer, scripture meditation, silence, healing and contemplation.
The Taizé worship service has been adapted from the brotherhood’s daily practices and takes on many forms. Our Taizé service centers on: the Word of God, personal, corporate and intercessory prayer, silence, simple short repetitive songs, and time for meditation.
Centered around the Word of God, our Taizé service utilizes an ancient practice of Lectio Divina; Latin for divine reading. This ancient practice is designed to promote communion with God by illuminating His Word. It is not a bible study. Traditionally Lectio Divina has 4 separate steps: read, meditate, pray and contemplate. This ties nicely into our Taizé service.
While silence may be difficult in our busy lives, Taizé allows one to empty the mind and simply let Christ, through the Holy Spirit, speak to us. Peaceful communion with God does not always need words. In Psalm 131, there is quietness and confidence: "I have calmed and quieted my soul … hope in the Lord from this time on and forevermore."
Participants are also invited to light a candle as a tangible means of expressing a prayer request. If desired, anointing and pastoral prayers are available.
Singing is a beautiful element of Taizé worship. “In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful, in the Lord I will rejoice! Look to God, do not be afraid; lift up your voices, the Lord is near; lift up your voices, the Lord is near.” Simple, repetitive songs are means for those gathered together, "with a common voice… to proclaim and respond to the Word of God.”
Finally we conclude our service with a brief message that arises from the scripture meditation. This message leads into the breaking of the bread and sharing of the cup as a way to celebrate the experience of having met God in the midst of our worship service.
If you desire closer communion with God and the Holy Spirit, need a time apart from your busy life, desire a time of silence and reflection, please give Taizé a try. You might find a peace like you have never experienced before.
The service is held each Monday at 7:30 pm. Please contact Pastor Christopher with any questions you may have.