As we seek to live out our church’s annual vision of deepening, restoring, repairing, and forging new connections with Christ, one another, and our neighbors, the Worship and Music team invites you to experience a new style of worship. In every month with five Sundays, we will hold a Taizé prayer service in the Historic Sanctuary at 5:00 p.m. on the fifth Sunday.

So what is Taizé worship? This ecumenical style of worship originated in a village in the Burgundy region of France. The monastic community was founded in 1940 with the mission of healing divisions between Christians and within the human family. The practice of Taizé worship has spread worldwide by believers from various Protestant and Catholic backgrounds. Taizé worship is marked by depth and simplicity, consisting of much singing and allowing space for silent meditation.

What can you expect when you arrive? The Historic Sanctuary will be set with chairs focused on the communion table. The space will be dimly lit, and we will gather in silence. We will hear Scripture read, pray prayers of intercession, reflect during periods of silence, and sing songs. Taizé chants are simple songs, repeated several times. As we sing, the chant becomes a prayer of the heart.

Our first Taizé service will be Sunday, January 30th. Join us at 5:00 p.m. in the Historic Sanctuary. Our hope is that this time of quiet reflection will be a gift to us in this busy world and a time to deepen our connection with Christ.