So last night we hosted our first Taize service with John Phillips and music group. We had a turn-out of around 70 people from a range of Matlock and local churches along with Soulspace regulars. The evening was a great success – with a terrific combination of wonderful Taize songs combined with images on our giant screen. Our theme was ‘Open’ and readings (from The Message from Luke 2:1-35 and selected verses from Ephesians 3:1-19) seemed to speak so powerfully and vividly – I LOVE THAT PARAPHRASE! – Go on – look them up! We also included these readings which were so profound:
‘Although God never stops trying to communicate with us, God never wants to impose anything on us. Often God’s voice comes in a whisper, in a breath of silence. Remaining in silence in God’s presence, open to the Spirit, is already prayer.
It is not a matter of trying to obtain inner silence at all costs by following some method that creates a kind of emptiness within. The important thing is a childlike attitude of trust by which we allow Christ to pray within us silently, and then one day, we will discover that the depths of our being are inhabited by a Presence.’ Brother Roger
Epiphanies are Made for Sharing . . . . . . . . . Father Thomas Rosica, CSB Solemnity of the Epiphany, Year A, Dec. 25, 201
“The word ‘epiphany’ means ‘to show forth.’ Epiphanies, both large and small, tend to be private events – yet events with great significance for the public. Trying to share the details with another of an epiphany is fraught with complications. The words are never quite right, and even the most sympathetic listener cannot fully bridge the gap between description and what is was like being there. Most of us keep our personal experiences of the Holy to ourselves. Who would believe it? And who would really understand? The irony is that epiphanies are made for sharing, even as they are impossible to communicate fully.… “Unlike the poor shepherds, the Magi had to travel a long road; they had to face adversity to reach their goal. It was anything but a romantic, sentimental pilgrimage that we often see in our manger scenes!… “The experience of the magi reminds us that all who make the tedious journey to the truth will finally encounter it and be changed in the process. They can never go back to a ‘business as usual’ way of life. When we meet Christ and see who he really is, we will never be the same – and only then can we hope to begin to share in his mission.…”
Have a think on that!
Prayers with images attached led to a strong sense of presence and connection and our service ended with John’s fantastic solo over Laudate Dominum – quite stunning!
Thanks to all who came and for the many special and important conversations over wine, hot drinks and home-baking. It was good to see you and we hope you’ll find us again!