The annual Music and Reflection for Advent series will conclude Sunday, Dec. 16, with a Taizé service at 4 p.m. at United Christian Church, 18 Searsmont Road/ Route 173 in Lincolnville Center.

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, which 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” that honors all Christian denominations and world cultures.

A Taizé service includes singing meditation, selected readings and silent prayer. Singing is an important element of the service; according to the Taizé community, “The 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 service will be led by the Rev. Elizabeth Barnum with Peter Yanz as cantor and accompaniment by pianist Peter Saladino and flutist Mary Schulien. All are welcome; donations will benefit the UCC Music Ministry.

The United Christian Church was built in 1821 and is a good venue for this twilight service. For more information, call 763-3800 or visit

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