Taizé

Contemplative
Worship

Sheer Silence

Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. 13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him that said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

1 Kings 19:11-13

There are many ways to worship God. There are many ways God reaches out to us. Sunday worship in most churches is a combination of words and music. There is hardly a moment when one or both are not happening. Gaps or pauses are almost unheard of.

But as Elijah experienced in the scripture above, God can also be experienced in sheer silence.

The Taizé community is an ecumenical monastic order with a strong devotion to peace and justice through prayer and meditation. The 100-strong community of Roman Catholic and Protestant monks is drawn from 30 countries across the world.

It was founded in 1940 by Roger Louis Schutz-Marsauche (known as ‘Brother Roger’). The 90-year-old monk died in August 2005 after being stabbed during a prayer service.

Today Taizé is one of the world’s most important sites of Christian pilgrimage. Each year tens of thousands of young pilgrims flock to the small village of Taizé in central France to share in the community’s way of life.

Prayer and silence are at the heart of the Taizé experience. Young people from every corner of the globe are encouraged to live out the Christian gospel in a spirit of joy, simplicity and reconciliation.

Ecumenism (a movement promoting Christian unity among Churches) is the key to Taizé’s appeal, making it a magnet for people of many different cultures and traditions. – from BBC Website

At CPC, we experience Taizé worship and community building through our Tuesday Suppers, Worship, and Study from 6:00p – 8:00p (currently suspended until further notice).

In the meantime, we continue to worship as a community online on Tuesday at 6:30, using the the link Taizé

Taizé Services online

March 31, 2020 – Matthew 25:34-37

March 24, 2020 – Philippians 4:4-7