‘When In Our Music God Is Glorified’ 

Taize (pronounced Tuh – zay) is a form of prayer that was founded in 1940 by Brother Roger Schultz, a Reformed Protestant. Taize is the actual name of the community in Burgundy, France, where this house of prayer is located. This prayer community is ecumenical and included Protestants and Catholics from around that globe that make the pilgrimage to pray.

While all ages are invited and certainly come to pray, many young people make their pilgrimage to meditate and to pray. Praying in the form of Taize is reflective. Often times, scriptures are repeated multiple times, pausing after each reading to reflect on what the Spirit is saying. Songs that are sung are simple and repetitive, giving way for the Spirit to move through music. And perhaps most interesting, many of the songs sung are directly taken from scripture. This simple service of praying and singing is so powerful, despite its elaborate forms of worship in which we are accustomed. Every Wednesday evening at 8 p.m., Taize is prayed from the Chapel of FUMC. You may follow along with this service on the Dyersburg First United Methodist Church Facebook page. I hope that you will join us as we pray and sing together, listening for what the Holy Spirit is saying to you, even in the midst of your chaos. 

From Taize: 

Bless the Lord, my soul, and bless God’s holy name. Bless the Lord, my soul, who leads me in to life. 

Grace and peace, Dakota