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St. Timothy's to host Taize worship service

Feb. 22, 2013 @ 11:07 AM

HURRICANE — The Taize Worship Team of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Charleston will bring its musical, prayerful worship experience to St. Timothy’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church in Hurricane at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 3.

The special worship event will be hosted by St. Timothy’s Spirituality Committee. The public is invited to attend this ecumenical Lenten service.

Taize Worship is praying and singing together. Prayers will flow from scripture, reflection, silence and meditative singing. According to a news release from St. Timothy’s, Taize is a community in France where, since 1940, people from all over the world have gathered  to “realize the intimate relationship between an experience of communion with God in prayer and personal reflection on the one hand, and an experience of communion and solidarity among people on the other. Each person is invited to live out in their own situation what they have understood, with greater awareness of inner life within them as well as of their bonds with many others who are involved in a similar search for what really matters.

“Singing is one of the most essential elements of worship,” the release continued. “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. These songs also sustain personal prayer. Through them, little by little, our being finds an inner unity in God.

“At times, prayer becomes silent. Peaceful communion with God can do without words, calming our souls. Silence means recognizing that my worries can’t do much. Silence means leaving to God what is beyond my reach and capacity.  A moment of silence, even very short, is like a holy stop, a sabbatical rest, a truce of worries.”

The Taize service is open to the community. St. Timothy’s-in-the-Valley is located at 3434 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane. For more information, call the church at 304-562-9325.