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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 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

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