DELRAY BEACH, Fla., – Feb. 5, 2010 – Beginning Friday, Feb. 19th, Taizé prayer services will resume at First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach located at 33 Gleason St. The 8:00 am Friday morning services will continue through Good Friday, April 2nd and will be led by Parish Associate Reverend Linda Harper and musician Michael Testa. Additionally, Rev. Harper and Mr. Testa will bring Taizé services to Abbey Delray South, a senior assisted-living community in Delray Beach, each Monday at 11:00 am in the Hospitality Room from Feb. 22nd until March 29th (except for March 8th).

All are welcome to these short, half-hour services which will include unison singing, reading from the Psalms, a reading from the Gospels, ten minutes of silent prayer or meditation and a closing hymn. These ecumenical prayer services are meant to cultivate reconciliation and peace among all people using simple songs and meditative prayer.

“We are thrilled to offer these unique, contemplative services to the community both at our church and at Abbey Delray South,” says Senior Pastor Theodore Bush, Ph.D. of First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach. “The simplicity of Taizé prayer fosters unity with God in a meaningful way for the participants.”

Taizé Prayer is an ecumenical form of prayer modeled after an international, ecumenical community founded in the 1940's by Brother Roger in Taizé, France.

About First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach:

First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach is located at 33 Gleason St., Delray Beach, Fl 33483. Sunday services from May through October are at 10:00 am and two services at 9:00 am and 11:00 am are given Sundays during November through April. The Church offers several programs and activities for all ages including Stephen Ministry training, mission trips, youth groups, men’s and women’s groups, Vacation Bible School, Adult Christian Education, TnT (Twenties and Thirties) young professional’s group, Sunday School and childcare services. In 2009, the Church property and its Fellowship Hall were recognized as a State of Florida Historical Point of Interest with an historical marker. For more information, please call 561-276-6338 or visit www.firstdelray.com.

About Abbey Delray South:

Abbey Delray South is located at 1717 Homewood Blvd., Delray Beach, Fl 33445 and is a part of Lifespace Communities, Inc., (formerly Life Care Retirement Communities, Inc.) founded in 1976, in Des Moines, Iowa. The goal was to help create exceptional, financially sound communities where people could enjoy a more rewarding and secure retirement. The Company has grown into the seventh largest provider of not-for-profit retirement communities nationwide and manages a network of 11 communities in seven states. For more information on Abbey Delray South, please call 561-272-9600 or visit www.abbeydelraysouth.com.

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