Taize, Celtic and Healing Services
Taize Style Worship
A contemplative service using the sung chants of the monastic community of Taize. This simple service also includes a period of silence and liturgical readings. following the aim of the community at Taize, we hope that this ecumenical service can be “a sign of reconciliation between divided Christians and between separated peoples.”
“Since my youth, I think that I have never lost the intuition that community life could be a sign that God is love, and love alone. Gradually the conviction took shape in me that it was essential to create a community with men determined to give their whole life and who would always try to understand one another and be reconciled, a community where kindness of heart and simplicity would be at the centre of everything.” (Brother Roger (founder of the Taize Community): “God is love alone”. http://www.taize.fr/en_rubrique8.html)
A service celebrating our fully human lives, there is no division between ‘sacred’ and secular’ (Iona Community Worship Book, p.7). this service reflects our desire to be “fully present to God, who is fully present to us, whether in our neighbour or in the political and social activity in the world around us and whether in the fields of culture or of economics” (ICWB, p.7). This service uses prayers and music from the Celtic traditions of Iona, Lindisfarne, Ireland and the ancient British Celtic Christian communities.
A Celtic Prayer
God to enfold me,
God to surround me,
God in my speaking,
God in my thinking.
God in my sleeping,
God in my waking,
God in my watching,
God in my hoping.
God in my life,
God in my lips,
God in my soul,
God in my heart.
God in my sufficing,
God in my slumber,
God in mine ever-living soul,
God in mine eternity.
(Ancient celtic oral traditions – carmina gadelica)
(from: http://www.faithandworship.com/Celtic_Blessings_and_Prayers.htm#ixzz4mcLsARc5 )
It is apparent in Scripture that the physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being of human beings are closely interconnected. Christ’s work of reconciliation extends beyond the purely personal and relational to the social order and the whole creation (cf Colossians 1.15-27). The Gospels use the term ‘healing’ both for physical healing and for the broader salvation that Jesus brings. A common New Testament term for sickness is ‘weakness’ (asthenia) (Luke 5.15; 13.11,12; John 5.5); it carries broad associations of powerlessness and vulnerability, including human vulnerability in the face of the dominion of sin and death (Romans 5.6; 8.3). As Christians face weakness, they receive God’s grace, expressed sometimes in an experience of healing and sometimes through the strength that comes in the bearing of weakness (2 Corinthians 12.9).
Healing, reconciliation and restoration are integral to the good news of Jesus Christ. For this reason prayer for individuals, focused through laying on of hands or anointing with oil, has a proper place within the public prayer of the Church. God’s gracious activity of healing is to be seen both as part of the proclaiming of the good news and as an outworking of the presence of the Spirit in the life of the Church. (for more information on Healing Services in the Church of England please do explore the CofE website: https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-worship/worship/texts/pastoral/healing/healingintro.aspx)
This service is a quiet service allowing us to take some time out of our busy lives to rest in God and bring to him all our struggles, pains and weakness. This service also provides the ministry of laying on of hands and anointing with oil.
If you feel you would like to talk to someone about any struggles of any kind in your life, please do not hesitate to call Fr Owain Mitchell on 01652 653989, or come and talk to after any of our services.
These services are held on the third Sunday of each month at 6pm.
16th July 2017 Taize Service
20th August 2017 Healing Service
17th September 2017 Taize Service
15th October 2017 Celtic Service
19th November 2017 Taize Service
17th December 2017 Nine Lessons and Carols
2018 dates to be confirmed.
These services last approx. 40 minutes.