Meditations

January Taize: Prayer for Christian Unity

January 11, 2024

At the Last Supper, Jesus prayed that all of us would be united in him. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is celebrated every year, from January 18-25. We reach across denomination divisions and pray with one another. We will have a local Ecumenical Prayer Service in Liberty Jan. 18. This Taize Service anticipates that prayer.

December Taizé: Patient Waiting

December 27, 2023

We will take a few minutes to slow down from the hectic pace of December.

November Taizé: We celebrate those upon whose shoulders we stand

November 6, 2023

This month, on All Souls Day, we celebrate all those upon whose shoulders we stand. We believe in the Communion of Saints, and those who have died continue to be part of our lives. They can pray with us. We can pray with them. Join Us.

September Taize: Labor Day and The Dignity of Work

September 8, 2023

This month’s Taizé Service comes shortly after the U.S. national holiday, Labor Day, so this month, we take as our theme “Labor Day and The Dignity of Work.” Pope Francis has repeated said, “It is clear from the very first pages of the Bible that work is an essential part of human dignity.” We must protect it.

May Taizé: National Day of Prayer

May 4, 2023

This month’s Taizé Service falls on May 4, which is also the annual National Day of Prayer in the United States. There are many things that we can pray about for our country. This evening, we will focus on peace and nonviolence. We pray for calm hearts and cool tempers

Taizé for Lent: Encountering God in prayerful silence

March 8, 2023

Lent is an opportunity for the community of faith to pause and reawaken to the bounty of God’s love. As we deepen our communal and individual awareness that God deeply loves us, our awareness deepens, and so too do our relationships. This month, let us rest in God’s mercy and love.

February Taizé: We present ourselves to God

February 3, 2023

Feb. 2, the Feast of the Presentation, marks when Mary and Joseph showed fidelity and dedication to God by presenting the infant Jesus in the Temple. In baptism, you too were welcomed into the community of believers and promised to be a sign of Christ’s Light in the world.

January Taizé: Epiphany sends us home ‘a new way’

January 5, 2023

This evening we mark the Feast of Epiphany, when a star led the Magi to honor the Christ Child with treasures. You know, the Magi did not return home the same way they came to Bethlehem. Are we leaving Christmas different than we were a month ago?

December Taizé: Mary Speaks to Juan Diego

December 12, 2022

The story of the origin of the miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is well known. Juan Diego was a quiet, humble man, a poor peasant. Our Lady spoke to Juan Diego in his own language, with an appearance that reflected the indigenous people and their culture.

November Taizé: Surrounded by a Cloud of Witness

November 11, 2022

Many cultures and traditions set aside special days to remember and prayer for their deceased. During our November Taizé prayer service, we will remember those who have passed on before us. Our theme is “Surrounded by a Cloud of Witness.”

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