We began an intentional walk into the dark time of the year the Sunday after Thanksgiving. This walk will continue each Sunday with our weekly service, through the week between those Sundays with our personal practice, and then culminate with our celebration of the re-emergence of the light at the evening service on Christmas Eve.
A feature of our service this year will be the meditative singing practice that originated in the Taizé Community, an ecumenical Christian monastic order in Taizé, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy, France.
From www.taize.fr, we find, “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.”
I hope you will join us for this journey, and that you will join us at the candlelight service for this experience. If you would like, you can invite friends and family by sharing this post and by inviting them through our Facebook event, here.
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As you may know, The Church Within helps serve dinner twice per month at Fletcher Place Community Center, and December was going to be our last month with this project. Just before the offering this week, we learned that a new volunteer is taking the reigns on this, and she could use your help! Have a listen…
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