For the past three years, a group of churches in my neighbourhood has welcomed Christians of all denominations to pray in their worship spaces one Sunday evening each month (except June to August) in the style of prayer that originated in Taizé, France. If you've never heard of the Taizé (pronounced Tay-ZAY) Community, or the beautiful music that draws people from all over the globe to go in pilgrimage to a tiny village in the Burgundy region of France, I would like to invite you to come and join us for a musical, meditative, internationally flavoured way to pray (also, see www.taize.fr).
Music is the foundation of the prayer that flows for an hour, interspersed with psalms, a gospel reading, silence and intercessory prayer. At the evening's conclusion, we gather as neighbours and friends for conversation and refreshments. Honestly, it's one of my favourite ways to pray, because I've always been strongly drawn to music as a form of worship... and because there is no preaching. We sing and listen to the scriptures and let them speak to us of God in the silence of our hearts.
February 9 Hope Lutheran Church 5104 106 Avenue
March 9 Lenten Prayer St. Luke’s Anglican Church 8424 95 Avenue
May 4 Easter Prayer St. David’s Anglican Church 7751 85 Street
September 14 Assumption Catholic Church 9040 95 Avenue
October 5 Holyrood Mennonite Church 9505 79 Street
November 9 Peace Prayer Strathearn United Church 8510 95 Avenue
December 14 Advent Prayer First Church of God 9224 82 Street
and the Edmonton Taizé musicians/organizing group.
of the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton,