The public is invited to participate in a Taizé Service Sunday, March 18, at 4 p.m. at the United Christian Church, 18 Searsmont Road/Route 173, in Lincolnville Center. The early 19th-century church offers a fine venue for music and reflection on the season of Lent.

Taizé worship has evolved from an ecumenical monastic order located in the French town of Taizé. The order started in 1940 as a shelter for political and religious refugees; the community is dedicated to living life in the spirit of joy, simplicity and reconciliation. It is a "parable of community" that honors all Christian denominations and world cultures.

A Taizé service includes singing meditations, selected readings and silent prayer. Singing is an important element to the service because, according to the Taizé community, it expresses a basic reality of faith that can quickly be grasped by the intellect and that gradually penetrates the heart and the whole being. It is a special opportunity to experience the true potential of reconciliation between all people.

The Taizé service at the UCC will be led by the Rev. Richard Hanks, UCC bridge minister, who also will serve as cantor.  The singing will be accompanied by an instrumental ensemble comprising organ, Celtic harp, guitar and flutes.

The United Christian Church is handicapped accessible, and all are welcome. Free-will donations will benefit the music ministry. For more information, call Mary Schulien, music director, at 785-3521.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or