First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo

Be still…
                know that I am God

Advent Worship in the style of Taizé
 
In stillness we wait…

During Advent, our church offers worship in the style of Taizé.
 
You are invited to still your soul and sit quietly in the mysterious presence of God and experience Advent, the coming of Christ. The silence and absence of distractions are reminders that prayer is an experience of trusting God.


The Taizé worship tradition began many years ago in the ecumenical French monastic community called Taizé. The experience finds its true meaning in the active participation of all assembled by focusing and deepening one's faith through the power of prayer.

These Taizé-styled times of worship are for the worship of God, but it is also meant to quiet the soul. The quietness does not happen at once, but gradually during the worship. There is repetition in the words of the music, there are many periods of silence, and the readings are read slowly—so that we may have a deep, quiet growth in our hearts. Then we may be still, and be at peace in the presence of God.

Everyone is encouraged to participate as the Spirit moves them—whether that be in song, prayer, quiet meditation or lighting candles. Simple songs are sung repeatedly, giving them a reflective character. Scripture is read, followed by silence, allowing words to settle, finding center within and truth in each person's life. It is a simple, and for some, highly personal, form of worship.

Please join us in this time of meditative worship that will quiet your soul and center it on God.