Each first Sunday evening of the month at 7:30 pm. in the main Sanctuary. Sit in the quiet presence of the Divine, away from the hurriedness of life. Our Taize worship is a service of music and prayer in the contemplative style, emphasizing a prayerful experience.
A forty-five minute candlelit worship service includes the reading of scripture passages, silent prayer, and the singing of simple, meditative songs. The music is led by William Zeitler and supported by a small ensemble of University of Redlands and Redlands High School music students along with some of the congregation’s strong musical talent. All are welcome: this includes those with a strong faith as well as those searching for faith; members of the faith community and from the community at large.
Taizé is a small village in eastern France where young adults from all over the world have gathered together since the early 1950s. The founder and mentor of this ecumenical community is the late Brother Roger, a “bearer of trust, reconciliation and peace.” Today there are almost 100 brothers in the Taizé community from more than 20 different countries. They share their material goods, talents and faith together in a celibate life, and lead Bible study groups, prayer services and worship for the thousands of young adults who make a pilgrimage to their community. Common prayer is at the center of their life together.
Worship in the Taizé community includes meditative and sung prayer, scripture reading and silence. One of its trademarks is the simple, repetitive yet magnificent music designed to help meditation and prayer. This music continues in the heart long after worship has ended. Each year tens of thousands of young pilgrims flock to the small village of Taizé in central France to share in the Christian gospel in a spirit of joy, simplicity and reconciliation.