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Taize candlelight worship service
shines its light on campus Nov. 13
Inspired by candlelight daily prayer in Taize, France, Manchester
College will offer a special service of readings, music, prayer and
silence on Sunday, Nov. 13. The public is invited to the 7 p.m. service
in Petersime Chapel on the North Manchester, Ind., campus.
This ecumenical Taize service in the Burgundy area of France emphasizes
prayer and music. For the Manchester College service, the music will
include voice and an instrumental ensemble.
Worshipers will participate in this prayerful service with singing,
spoken prayers, silence and scripture. Short songs are repeated as the
service flows in a meditative posture. Scriptures are read in English,
Russian and French with an extended shared silence that adds to the
solemnity of the service. “The silence helps to gather one’s thoughts
and turn one’s attention toward the sacred,” says Campus Pastor James
Chinworth. Time seems suspended during the service.
Afterward, worshipers gather for food, drink and fellowship in the
Chapel lounge. For more information about the service, call Petersime
Chapel at 260-982-5057.
Taize is a monastic community of 100 brothers from more than 20
countries. Thousands of Christians, mostly young adults, gather from
all over the world every week at Taize to pray and find renewal and
refreshment. For more information about the Taize community, visit
www.taize.fr and click on your language.
Manchester is a Church of the Brethren college with 1,104 students
from 30 countries, 25 states and more than 30 religious backgrounds. For
more about the college, visit