Taizé Service

This page contains information about the Taizé service, and  an introduction to the service.

The next service will be Sunday 16th September 2018.
Taize services are held on the third Sunday of the month 5pm – 6pm.


The Taizé service is a meditative service.

When our hearts are connected in love, the song we sing to God becomes makes it easier for all to see the presence and touch of God.
Taizé  is not a place where doctrine is explained but a welcome is made for all people who have a sense of the sacred in life to gather in prayer and be their authentic selves.

More information about  Taizé is at the bottom of the page

The theme is ‘ Breathing in God’s peace’.  All are welcome at this special meditative time of gathering together for singing, prayer and silence in the Taize tradition.


Expressing gratitude for the gift of each day



Prayer and sacred listening
with songs in the style of Taiz


Sunday 16th September 2018


Time of prayer and song

Hosted by

Leura Uniting Church,  corner of Grose & Megalong Streets,  Leura


All are welcome at this special meditative time of gathering
together for singing, prayer and silence in the Taizé tradition





Following is an example Taizé service


Taizé Service Leura Uniting Church

Sunday 19th November 2017  5 – 6pm


Theme: Signs of reverence and hope

All are welcome at this special meditative time of gathering together for singing, prayer and silence in the Taize tradition


Welcome and Introductions

Carolyn Craig-Emilsen (Leura Uniting)


Rev Leigh Gardiner (Springwood Uniting) and Lyn Phillips (St Hilda’s Anglican)


Order of Service

Opening Prayer

Song                Live in Charity (No 49)

Song                Come and fill our hearts with your peace (No 28)

Song                Nothing can trouble (No 29)

Song                In God Alone (No 19)

Readings         Psalm 126

‘Living the whole circle of trust’                                                   Noel Davis

A period of silent meditation. After that time some gentle piano music leading into the next song.

Song                Spirit of Christ Jesus (No 34)

Song                Holy Spirit, Come (No 41)

As piano is playing softly you are invited to remain seated and name a person or situation you would like to pray for or to name silently in your heart. If you wish you may like to write a word on paper provided symbolising reverence and peace, place it at the front and light a candle.

Song                Sing out, my soul (No 45)

Song                Raise a Song of Gladness (No 18)


Taizé Services are on the third Sunday of the month from 5 – 6pm.


What is Taizé?

(according to various sources, pronounced teh-ZAY)

Taizé is the name of a village in Central France where a community of around 100 brothers from different Christian Churches and about 25 different countries live a monastic life.
Founded in 1940, by Brother Roger, the community tries to live a sign of reconciliation and unity among Christians. Since the 1960s, young people have been coming to share in the Community. In summer, the community often welcomes up to 5,000 young people each week.
Through common prayer, singing, silence and personal meditation, a stay in Taizé can help rediscover the presence of God in our lives and find once more an inner peace, a reason for living or new impetus.


Meditative singing…Singing is one of the most essential elements of worship. Short songs, repeated again and again, give it a meditative character. Using just a few words they express a basic reality of faith, quickly grasped by the mind. As the words are sung over many times, this reality gradually penetrates the whole being.

Meditative singing thus becomes a way of listening to God. It allows everyone to take part in a time of prayer together and to remain together in attentive waiting on God, without having to fix the length of time too exactly.

To open the gates of trust in God, nothing can replace the beauty of human voices united in song. This beauty can give us a glimpse of “heaven’s joy on earth,” as Eastern Christians put it. And an inner life begins to blossom within us.

For more info, check the community’s website at www.taize.fr/en