Taizé worship involves sung and chanted prayers, meditation, a period of silence, liturgical readings, and prayers for healing. The style of prayer practiced at Taizé has attracted many worshipers from around the globe and from many different denominations. 

Please join us the 4th Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.

At the beginning of the service, you are invited to light a candle – to affirm a personal vow, to pray for someone or a particular situation, to invite the light of Christ to shed light on your path, and to receive illumination.

 

 

The Invitatory

Loving God of grace,

who comes to us in surprising ways—

in angel appearances, in defeat of the devil,

and in resurrection from the dead—

show us the face of Immanuel in our time.

Bring us from fear to awe, we pray;

in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

We will now sing Holy Spirit come to us:

Psalm 119 (NIV)

Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees,
    that I may follow it to the end.
Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law
    and obey it with all my heart. Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight.
 Turn my heart toward your statutes
    and not toward selfish gain.
Turn my eyes away from worthless things;
    preserve my life according to your word.
How I long for your precepts!
    In your righteousness preserve my life.

May your unfailing love come to me, Lord,
    your salvation, according to your promise;
then I can answer anyone who taunts me,
    for I trust in your word.
Never take your word of truth from my mouth,
    for I have put my hope in your laws.
I will always obey your law,
    for ever and ever.
I will walk about in freedom,
    for I have sought out your precepts.
I will speak of your statutes before kings
    and will not be put to shame,
for I delight in your commands
    because I love them. I reach out for your commands, which I love,
    that I may meditate on your decrees.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.

 

 

 

Let us now sing The Kingdom of God:

PRAYER

Guiding God,                                                         

send your Holy Spirit upon the reading of your Word

that it may serve to show us the path of life

and lead us into your presence

where there is fullness of joy. Amen.

 

 

We will now sing In the Lord:

The Gospel

 

Luke 6:12-19 (NIV)  - The Twelve Apostles

One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles: Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot, Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coastal region around Tyre and Sidon, who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by impure spirits were cured, and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all.

The Word of the Lord

 

 

Let us now sing Stay With Me:

Reflection (By Henri Nouwen)

Listen to your heart. It’s there that Jesus speaks most intimately to you. Praying is first and foremost listening to Jesus, who dwells in the very depths of your heart. He doesn’t shout. He doesn’t thrust himself upon you. His voice is an unassuming voice, very nearly a whisper, the voice of a gentle love. Whatever you do with your life, go on listening to the voice of Jesus in your heart. This listening must be an active and very attentive listening, for in our restless and noisy world Jesus’ loving voice is easily drowned out. You need to set aside some time every day for this active listening to Jesus, if only for 10 minutes. Ten minutes each day for Jesus alone can bring about a radical change in your life.  You’ll find that it isn’t easy to be still for 10 minutes at a time. You’ll discover straightaway that many other voices—voices that are very noisy and distracting, voices which are not God’s—demand your attention. But if you stick to your daily prayer time, then slowly but surely you’ll come to hear the gentle voice of love and will long more and more to listen to it.  These three ways of listening will guide you to an ever-deepening spiritual life. They will help you to get to know Jesus in a very intimate way, make you aware of the unique manner in which he is calling you, and give you the courage to follow him even to places where you would rather not go. Living with Jesus is a great adventure. It’s the adventure of love. When you admit Jesus to your heart, nothing is predictable, but everything becomes possible. I pray that you will venture on a life with Jesus. He asks everything of you, but gives you more in return. With all my heart I wish you much hope, much courage, and abounding confidence. 


Copyright © 1987, 1988 by Henri J.M. Nouwen. English translation copyright © 1988 by Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc. and Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

 

 

 

We will now sing God is Forgiveness: 

Silence (for two minutes)

 

 

 

Let us now sing O Lord Hear My Prayer

PRAYERS

In accord with God’s command that we hold

dominion over creation,                                        

let us pray for the church, the world, and all

for whom we are called to be stewards, saying,

God of all goodness, hear our prayer.

 

We pray that the love which passes ceaselessly

between the Father and the Son in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit

may renew and deepen the life of each Christian

and draw us all into your unending life.

God of all goodness, hear our prayer.

 

For the leaders of the church:

for Sunday school children and youth;

for the elderly whose wise counsel is sorely needed in all ages;

and for all ecumenical endeavors

that seek to bring us closer to each other and to you.

God of all goodness, hear our prayer.

 

For our families, our households, and our communities,

that your life together—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—

may show us the like importance of each of us,

and so strengthen us in your grace and truth.

God of all goodness, hear our prayer.

 

We pray for the human species,

its nations and leaders,

that all the violence that fills the earth may cease

and your wisdom and goodness may govern all

so that the earth can live in peace.

We pray for all those who suffer

from human corruption,

from physical and mental disease,

from floods, winds, and other natural disasters,

that they may be restored and made whole

by those who do your will on earth as it is in heaven.

 

We pray for those whom we love, both near and far.

May all of your creation dwell safely

in the ark of your universal covenant.                  

Blessed are you, God, Creator of the universe,

who, with Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit,

live forever in your rainbow covenant with humans, the earth, and every living creature. Amen.

 

 

We will now sing Bless the Lord my Soul.

The Lord's Prayer

 

And now, as our Saviour Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Let us now sing Jesus Remember me.

PRAYER

God’s Spirit dwells in us,                                        

for we are God’s temple.

We belong to Christ,

and Christ belongs to God.

Praise the Lord!

 

 

We will now sing Wait for the Lord:

Closing Prayer

May the grace of Christ,            

the love of Abba,

and the Spirit’s joy surround us

as we walk in the light of the Lord. Amen.

 

 

Postlude: Chant of the Mystics

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