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.
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going.”
“No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!”
Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”
Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do.
The fourth chapter of the book of Acts is about the advent of the first Christian community, the church. This is what we understand from this passage (Acts 4:32-37):
This passage says “the believers were united in heart and mind”: because they believed that God had come to earth with a human face, called Jesus of Nazareth. This Jesus is the active, healing, and liberating who will be in the center of the community of believers forever.
This passage also says: “there were no needy among them”. These believers were Christ-centered and devoted, and this was the reason why they did not want to see that any member of the community was in need. They decided to share whatever they own, spiritually or materially, with their brothers and sisters.
Therefore, there are three pillars upon which the foundation of Christian church is built:
-Believing in the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
-Unity of hearts and minds, and
-Sharing the possessions: time, talent, and treasure, with all other members of the community.
These three pillars bear two fruits for the community of believers: eternal life in the eternal city of God and joyfulness.
This means that, in spite of whatever happens in the world, good or bad, positive or negative, tragic or uplifting events, we can live in the eternal city of God in this very moment, and this new kind of life brings us joy: The joy that energizes us, enables us to stay on the right path, and empowers us to complete our Christian mission.