Taizé Candlelight Service

  • From June 16-August 25 we will be on Summer Break

  • Many of our regular attendees are traveling in the summer so we chose this over inconsistent meetings.

  • We strongly invite you to use the time walking the Outdoor Labyrinth.  The weather is perfect and the long days welcome evening walking.

What is the New Life Taizé Service?

The New Life Taizé service is a time of slowing down and centering ourselves. We sing chants from Chants de Taizé – Songs from Taizé and hear readings. This service incorporates meditative time between readings and chants. Some of the elements that go to preparing a Taizé service that is meditative in character and “that has neither beginning nor end”

When is New Life Taizé Service?

The New Life Taizé service is held every Sunday at 6:30 pm; come join us. Because of it’s meditative nature, the Taizé service almost always goes as follows:

Gathering Music

Blessing

To begin the service, use a blessing appropriate to the community or the season.

Taizé Chant

Usually a chant of praise, or one that is appropriate to the service

First reading – a Psalm
(or other meditative reading from Scripture)

Jesus prayed these age-old prayers of his people. Christians have always found a wellspring of life in them. The psalms place us in the great communion of all believers. Our joys and sorrows, our trust in God, our thirst and even our anguish find expression in the psalms.

Silence
(usually for ten minutes)

During a time of prayer with others, it is best to have just one fairly long period of silence (5-10 minutes) rather than several shorter ones. If those taking part in the prayer are not used to silence, it can help to explain it briefly beforehand.

Taizé Chant

Usually, a chant celebrating the LIGHT or one that is appropriate to the service.

While this is being sung, people can come forward to light candles. This symbol reminds us that even when the night is very dark, whether in our own life or in the life of humanity, Christ’s love is a fire that never goes out.

Second reading

A short secular piece related to the first reading

Silence

Usually for ten minutes

Intercessions or Litany of Praise

A prayer composed of short petitions or acclamations with each petition followed by a response by all. Praying for others widens our prayer to the dimensions of the entire human family; we entrust to God the joys and the hopes, the sorrows and the sufferings of all people, particularly those who are forgotten. A prayer of praise enables us to celebrate all that God is for us.

When we try to express communion with God in words, our minds quickly come up short. But, in the depths of our being, through the Holy Spirit, Christ is praying far more than we imagine.

The road to contemplation is not one of achieving inner silence at all costs by following some technique that creates a kind of emptiness within. If instead, with a childlike trust we let Christ pray silently within us, then one day we shall discover that the depths of our being are inhabited by a Presence.

Lord’s Prayer Casa del Sol Prayer of Jesus

Taizé Chant

A Closing chant

Final Blessing

At the end, the singing can go on or some participants can remain to to keep on praying. Other people can take part in small group reflections and sharing. 

You will be welcomed into this service of worship. We always have a place for you.