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Popular candlelight Taize service

is Feb. 15 at Manchester College

NORTH  MANCHESTER, Ind. (Jan. 22, 2004) - The Wabash County community is invited to join the warmth of a candlelight Taize worship service at Manchester College on Sunday, Feb. 15. The Christian service of prayer, beautiful music and Scripture readings begins at 7 p.m. in Petersime Chapel, in the middle of campus.

The one-hour service amid lots of candles is representative of daily prayer services in the ecumenical community in Taize, France. An important part of the worship is extended silence. Music at the Manchester College service will involve singing as well as an ensemble of flute, violin, guitar, cello, bassoon, harp and piano.

"There is great beauty when we join in music, prayer and silence to worship God," said Campus Pastor James H. Chinworth. "The beauty can stretch beyond ordinary seeing and hearing, and provide a glimpse of heaven's joy on Earth." A similar service last fall drew large participation by members of the community.

A reception after the service will provide time for refreshment and fellowship by the fire in the chapel lounge.

Manchester is a Church of the Brethren college. About 12 percent of the students are members of the church. For more about Manchester College, visit






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