Taizé for Advent at Lincolnville church

Dec 06, 2013

Lincolnville — The public is invited to participate in a Taizé service Sunday, Dec. 15, at 3 p.m. at the United Christian Church, 30 Searsmont Road/ Route 173, Lincolnville Center. This is the third event in the Music and Reflection for the Advent Season series.

Taizé worship has evolved from an ecumenical monastic order located in the French town of Taizé. The order was started in 1940 as a shelter for political and religious refugees. It has become a popular Christian pilgrimage site visited annually by thousands of young people from around the world. The Taizé community is dedicated to living life in the spirit of joy, simplicity and reconciliation. It is a “parable of community,” which honors all Christian denominations and world cultures.

A Taizé service will includes singing meditation, selected readings and silent prayer. Singing is an important element of the service.  According to the Taizé community, singing expresses a basic reality of faith that can quickly be grasped by the intellect and that gradually penetrates the heart and the whole being.

The 45-minute service will be led by the Rev. Susan Stonestreet, and the singing will be accompanied by flutist Mary Schulien and guitarist Jean Goldfine.

“A Taizé service gives us an opportunity to come together for a very special kind of worship that is a sign of reconciliation between all peoples,” said Stonestreet.

The United Christian Church is handicapped accessible. All are welcome. Donations will be accepted and will benefit the Music Ministry.  For more information, call 763-4526.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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