The last Sunday night of each month, CPC members, friends, and community members gather at 6 o’clock for a time of contemplative prayer that we call “Evening Song.” This 35-minute service incorporates scripture readings, musical meditations, and time for silent reflection. Those present are also invited to participate in open and responsorial prayer and simple, repeated congregation songs as they feel led. The music consists of traditional contemplative hymns as well as responses used in the Iona Community on the western shores of Scotland (http://www.iona.org.uk/) and the Taizé Community of Southern France (http://www.taize.fr/en).
Inspired by Taizé styles of worship, the musical accompaniment consists mostly of quieter acoustic instruments (such as strings and woodwinds) that support the singing of those assembled. Also similar to the practices at the Taizé Community, the service takes place within a darkened sanctuary, illuminated by a host of white candles at the front. All are invited to attend.