This page contains information about the Taizé service, and an introduction to the service.
The first Taizé service for 2017 will be Sunday 19th March at 5pm, finishing at 6pm.
Thence every third Sunday of the month.
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 18th June Taizé service will explore nourishing Hope and Courage …
Amidst busy-ness and burdened-ness,
we explore …
Nourishing hope and courage
Prayer and sacred listening
with songs in the style of Taizé
Sunday 18th June 2017
Time of prayer and song
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
Carolyn Craig-Emilsen (Leura Uniting)
Rev Leigh Gardiner (Springwood Uniting) and Lyn Phillips (St Hilda’s Anglican; Musical Director Leura Singers)
Order of Service
Song Wait for the Lord (No 12)
Song Our darkness (No 14)
Song In God Alone (No 19)
Readings Matthew 11 v. 28 & 29
A Prayer by Rowan Williams
Gentle music leading into a period of silent meditation
Song Come and fill our hearts with your peace (No 28)
Song O Lord, Hear my Prayer (3 times, then piano only)
As piano is playing softly you are invited to name aloud a person you would like to offer a prayer for hope and courage and God’s love to surround them. You may wish to place a pebble at the front.
Song Stay with Us (No 8)
To be sung as people quietly leave.
Taize Services are on the third Sunday of the month from 5 – 6pm.
The next service will be on Sunday 16th July.
What is Taizé? …
(according to various sources, pronounced teh-
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