wpc taize serviceMIDDLETOWN, NJ - Westminster Presbyterian Church (WPC) is now offering a Taizé Worship Service on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm. The unique Worship experience is one of the few regularly scheduled Taizé Services offered anywhere in Monmouth County.

Taizé prayer is the creation of a monastic community in Taizé, France, founded in the 1940s by a Swiss monk known as Brother Roger, who was especially interested in bringing Catholics and Protestants together. There is no preaching or teaching as you might expect in a formal religious service. This is just an elegant and simple candlelight service featuring short readings from Scripture, prayers for peace, beautiful Psalm-based songs, repeated over and over in a darkened Sanctuary, and brief periods of silence for reflection.

On a very practical level, Taizé is a calming, quieting, welcome respite from the craziness of everyday life. On a spiritual level, it can be transporting and almost mystical. It can infuse peace, at least for a little while, into our lives.

Westminster has built a quiet and spiritual evening around the monthly Service beginning at 6:45 pm, with a brief session of intercessory prayer, followed by candlelight Taizé worship at 7 pm, and a personal Prayer Vigil supported by peaceful music for those who wish to stay afterward.

Visit wpcmiddletown.org for more information about WPC and the Taizé Service or the WPC Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/WPCMiddletownNJ/