CANCELLED Ash Wednesday Service

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Please join us for our Taize Ash Wednesday service with Holy Communion and the imposition of ashes.

The service is inspired by the Ecumenical Community of Taizé, France, which strives to be a “parable of reconciliation and community” for the world by bringing people from various Christian traditions together through work, worship and prayer. At the door of their Church of Reconciliation is a sign with these words in four languages: 

Be reconciled all you who enter here:

Parent and children,

husbands and wives,

believers and those who cannot believe,

Christians and their fellow Christians.

We hope that by our joining together as people from various churches and denominations, this spirit of reconciliation will be experienced and spread throughout our city and world.

During Lent we remember that Jesus Christ loved us and gave himself for us so we can live liberated lives.  “Lent is a time of spiritual retreat for the whole church. In communion with Christ in the desert, we are invited to forty days of purification, of stripping down to bare essentials, of discipline, meditation and prayer before the Festival of Easter. These forty days are a celebration of our joy in God’s forgiveness.” from Praise in All our Days: Common Prayer at Taizé

So, assured of God’s forgiveness, we examine our lives, confess our sins, and rejoice in God’s grace. We hope that by this simple service of Scripture, prayer, silence, meditative singing of “Taizé music”, imposition of ashes and Holy Communion, you will become more aware of the Presence of the Living God in your life. 

About Taizé Music: from Praying Together in Word and Song

“We have endeavored to make our prayer meditative, popular, accessible to all generations and as universal as possible.  Sung prayer remains one of the strongest expressions of our search for God. Simple words, sung over and over, underscore the meditative quality of prayer; they express a basic truth which the mind quickly grasps and which gradually penetrates the whole person. In this way they lead to that silence which forms the very heart of common prayer.”

Those parts of the service of worship in which the congregation participates in word or song are noted in bold type.

The order for each song is:

1. Instruments play song;

2. Soloist sings song;

3. Congregation sings song many times.

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