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    Taizé Worship

    April 12, 2019

    This past week several of us (mainly our high school church education/catechism group) attended the Taize worship service at King’s University College.  Every second and fourth Monday during the academic year, a Taizé worship service is held in the Wemple building chapel.  Taizé is the name of a village in France in which this movement and its worship style began.

    Taizé worship features the repeated singing of several brief prayerful songs and is marked by its meditative quality and times of silence interspersed with prayers and scriptures. Taizé songs often consist of a single line from scripture and have been used in worship at Bethel over the years, a good illustration being “Jesus, Remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

    A concise summary describes the Taizé Community as “…an ecumenical Christian monastic fraternity in Taizé, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy, France. It is composed of more than one hundred brothers, from Catholic and Protestant traditions, who originate from about thirty countries across the world. It was founded in 1940 by Brother Roger Schütz, a Reformed Protestant.” (Wikipedia)

    Prior to our participation in the actual service Monday evening, Janet Loo, a chaplain at King’s University College, met with our group, giving us some background to her work and especially Taizé worship.  She showed an excellent video describing the Taizé community which features many of its young adult summer visitors.  The video is accessible at this link:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngA8BFbjrE0    

    Enjoy; it’s worth viewing! -EGN

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