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
Our next Hidden Brook service will be held at 7 pm on Thursday May 31. Stay for refreshments and conversation.
Words About SILENCE
For all its silence, the sky has a language. Without any words the stars speak many things right into our hearts. They tell of God’s omnipotence, God’s wisdom, God’s loving care; they tell of God’s fathomless infinity, yet they also give us a sense of how very close and friendly the Creator is. He seems distant, because he is so great, and on the other hand he seems near, looking on us as God does, through the eyes of the heavens. – Johann Christoph Blumhardt
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.
AT ANY TIME, FEEL FREE TO
- Light a candle,
- hold an object from the altar,
- or move to any part of the church you prefer.