On Thursday, September 21 at 7:00 pm, we will again host a Taizé service of song, prayer, contemplation, and call to action to observe the International Day of Prayer for Peace. The St. Luke’s choir will be joined by the choir of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fort Collins.
This year, we are inviting everyone to join in praying the Peace Prayer of St. Francis for 21 Days leading up to the service in the “Make Peace a Habit” challenge. The prayer is familiar to many as the hymn, “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace.” Prayer cards, links to YouTube videos, and additional information are available on St. Luke’s peace page.
Each year on September 21, the World Council of Churches calls churches and parishes around the world to observe the International Day of Prayer for Peace, inspired by an initiative for this day by the United Nations. By gathering in prayer and song, we hope to inspire all who attend this service to pray for the end to the violence that has gripped our world and join our wider community in working for peace and reconciliation.
Taizé Chanting is a distinctive form of liturgical chant created by the Taizé Community, an ecumenical monastic order in Taizé, France. They write: "Singing is one of the most essential elements of worship. Short songs, repeated again and again, give it a meditative character. As the words are sung over many times, this reality gradually penetrates the whole being, [allowing] everyone to take part in a time of prayer together and to remain together in attentive waiting on God." Visit the monastery’s website for more information about Taizé.