About Hidden Brook

Hidden Brook is a contemplative service of prayer, chant, candlelight, silence, poetry, and music. Music from Taize is often woven through the service (see below for more about Taize), and each service is a unique creation.

This Week at Hidden Brook

Join us at 7 pm on Thursday January 18 for our next Hidden Brook service. This week we will celebrate the life of A.A. Milne, whose birthday was 18 January 1882. In particular, we will read his very famous poem “Vespers.”  (You may try to guess who the Vespers are about!) Also, we will remember that January 18 is the first day of the Octave of Prayer for Church Unity. This seems an especially worthy goal for our prayers during these divisive times. Stay for refreshments and conversation.

Words About SILENCE

Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.

            Etty Hillesum

Why Hidden Brook?

Our name "The Hidden Brook" resonates on several levels, both historic and spiritual. Literally, it describes the underground stream that runs down Russell Avenue and irrigated the celery farms that were on this land before the church was built. It was also the name of Good Shepherd's first nursery school. And now, for CGS's Thursday night community in the 21st century, it evokes the spiritual hidden brooks in all our lives -- sources of peace and refreshment that we can touch more deeply by spending time on our inner journeys -- individually, yet still together.

What is TAIZÉ?

Taizé services are characterized by quiet and candlelight, the repetition of melodious chants sung many times in many languages, a period of silence, and contemplative prayer. Let the songs sing themselves in you. Once you catch the tune, let yourself find the words -- in your heart or as you listen to your brothers and  sisters as they sing. Let your spirit move along  the path provided by rhythmic repetition, deeper and deeper into the stillness  and beauty of God's presence.


  • Light a candle,
  • hold an object from the altar, 
  • or move to any part of the church you prefer.