Low Country Chapter of the American Guild of Organists is sponsoring a contemplative worship service, Taizé, at Bluffton United Methodist Church on Sunday, March 19 at 6PM. “Prayers” (what we might call “services”) focus on sung prayer and silence. This worship service will include sung prayer, Scripture, spoken prayer, and silence. Our chancel area will be filled with greenery, incense, and candles; our songs will be repeated many times. The music and the silence will create spaces in which the Holy Spirit can speak to our souls. Together, we open ourselves to God’s presence and embrace the peace of God among us.
Participating in the worship service will be BUMC Chancel Choir and choirs from several area churches. Also participating will be Beth Corry, director and Greg Hollinger, organist.
The Taizé community was founded in Provence, France 70 years ago by Brother Roger, with a goal of sheltering refugees during World War II. Today, the Taizé Community is made up of more than one hundred brothers, Catholic and Protestant, from around thirty nations. By its very existence, the community is a “parable of community” that wants its life to be a sign of reconciliation between divided Christians and between separated peoples.
This service is open to the public and dress is casual. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall. All are invited to attend.