We gather in the spirit of the words taken from the entrance of the Church of Reconciliation at Taizé, France)
BE RECONCILED ALL YOU WHO ENTER HERE
Parent and children; husbands and wives;
Believers and those who cannot believe;
Christians and their fellow Christians.
Please join us!
The Taizé Community tries to make real a “parable of communion.”….And what image of the Church is the Taizé Community called to be a parable of? It is that of a church brought together in diversity. This is the parable of Taizé: to show that the divided Church remains the One Church….what we are witnessing at Taizé is an experience of Pentecost, and that means an experience of the undivided Church.
(From Taizé – A Meaning to Life by Olivier Clément, Ateliers et Presses de Taizé, GIA Publications, 1997, pages 335-36)
Monthly Taizé Services have been held at AHUMC since 1998. This contemplative service includes the singing of beautiful chant-like songs, scripture, prayers, candlelight, and a time of silent prayerfulness. Holy Communion is also served.
For more information on the background and ministry of the Community of Taizé, go to www.taize.fr
Taizé music uses simple words, sung over and over to enhance their meaning, similar to a chant. This repetitive singing allows the words to seep into our hearts and become our prayer. Everyone is invited to join in the singing. Sometimes songs are sung in Latin, a language considered to be universal, but most song words are printed in English.
When we try to express communion with God in words, we rapidly reach the end of our capacities, which is why silence is so essential in discovering the heart of prayer. Remaining in silence in God's presence, open to the Spirit, is already prayer. “Be still and know that I am God!” (Psalm 46:10) In this service, we observe five to six minutes for silent meditation and prayer.
All our musicians are volunteers and members of AHUMC. We are grateful for their sharing of talent and time to make this service possible. The musical ensemble includes vocalists, flute, clarinet, and piano.
The altar of the Chapel is adorned with cloths of varying colors and textures, candles, and icons to create a sacred space to pray with our eyes providing a spiritual message just as the spoken Word addresses the ears.
Icons, sacred images from the Orthodox Christian tradition, contribute to the beauty of our worship space and offer the viewer a window through which the soul can look upon the realities of the Kingdom of God. By their beauty and depth, icons create a space of peace and sustain an expectant waiting. They invite us to welcome salvation even in the flesh and in creation. The icons and colors that are used are appropriate to the Christian Season we celebrate.