Trinity features labyrinth, Taize worship

Tuesday , March 18, 2014 - 11:50 AM

OGDEN -- Area residents looking for a chance for quiet, spiritual reflection are invited to participate in two separate opportunities on Wednesday nights between now and Easter at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 140 N. Tyler Ave.

The two opportunities are labyrinth walking and Taize worship services.

From now until Easter, Wednesday night services at the church include 5 p.m. opening of the church's labyrinth, 6 p.m. soup and bread meal, 6:30 p.m. Taize services and opening again of the labyrinth following Taize.

Pastor Dave Stellman said all of the offerings are designed to help people observe Lent and to get back in touch, emphasizing understanding.

"In Lent, we are particularly understanding of what God has done for us," he said, noting that the Lenton season prepares one for Easter.

"We just want to make the building open to anyone interested," Stellman said. "We keep trying to get the word out when we have these opportunities when we make it available for folks to come and enjoy."

Stellman said the labyrinth is a unique offering.

"We don't think anyone else in the community has a labyrinth," Stellman said.

"It allows people to take an intentional walk and kind of open their hearts to God, and let loose of some of the things they are carrying around with them," Stellman said.

The 25-foot-by-25-foot structure mostly fills the church's fellowship hall.

"It's patterned after one in the Chartres, France, cathedral. That one dates back hundreds of years."

Stellman said the color scheme in the labyrinth is green.

"In the center, we have three conjoined symbols, representing the trinity," he said.

"There are four different quadrants. You can see the cross formation in that."

Other symbols also adorn the edge of the structure.

"It's a nice spiritual tool for whomever would like to encounter God in that way," Stellman said. "I don't believe anyone else has one set up. Certainly not like this one."

The pastor said Taize services also are for quiet reflection.

"These are very meditative types of services and yet in a group setting," he said.

"We often offer the Taize worship throughout the season. Lenton season being a special season in the Christian year, it seemed appropriate for prayer service."

The service is based on the music and prayers of the Taize Community of France. It's marked by its depth and simplicity.

The service lasts about 45 minutes and consists of singing, with periods of silent meditation, prayers of intercession and readings from Scripture.

"This is one service that intentionally slows down the pace of our often hectic lives, allowing us the opportunity to commune with God through the heart and find God's peace as a soothing balm for our minds and spirits," states a news release from the church.

"Gathered in the presence of Christ, we will all sing uncomplicated, repetitive songs designed to allow the mystery of God to be experienced through the beauty of sung prayers," it states.

Stellman said his hope in providing these services on Wednesdays is that the church can tap into the mid-week needs of the community.

He's hoping to get people of all backgrounds to participate.

"We have so limited opportunities to be silent before God, to slow down our hurried-up lives and see what God might be saying to us," he said.

For more information, call the church at 801-393-2661.

The church is east of Harrison Boulevard and north of 2nd Street in Ogden.

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