by Bahman Kalantari

During one of our Bible study sessions in the winter, we consulted a passage in the book of Isaiah. The following verse stood out and inspired us:

“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” (Isaiah 43:18-19).

This passage initiated a conversation about newness of life and the many different ways to experience it.

One of these ways is through Taizé.

Collectively, we became excited about the idea of holding a Taizé service at our church, a service where all people could come to experience God’s healing and transforming presence.

Norm Lampman and Phil burfoot turned an old, broken pew into a beautiful taizé cart to store items needed for taizé services at the church of Our Saviour the redeemer Stoney creek. Photo: Submitted

A Taizé service, like many services, often uses a familiar group of liturgical items. In this case, candles, candleholders, worship books and more. We needed a space in our church to keep these items safe and to help us prepare for our service.

The idea of a cart sprang to mind, a Taizé cart.

I knew one of our very active parishioners, Norm Lampman, had completed many artistic projects for our church. I shared my vision with him, and he came up with a truly marvelous and inspired design.

Norm and his friend Phil Burfoot then took God’s work into their skilled hands and created what you see in the accompanying picture.

They turned an old, broken pew into a beautiful piece of religious art.

Our new Taizé cart stores all the liturgical items necessary for our new service and shines as a piece of religious art! Our first Taizé service will take place in the fall of 2016, and we pray that the Lord blesses it and helps us all to experience a newness of life.

The Reverend Bahman Kalantari is Rector of the Church of Our Saviour the Redeemer Stoney Creek.