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Our Rhythm of Life

At Holy Comforter, we seek to create an environment in which people can encounter God’s transforming presence in worship, be formed with others in the way of Christ through intentional formation, and be inspired to live out their faith through engagement in God’s mission of healing and reconciliation in a rapidly changing world. This strategic rhythm is ancient and yet powerful for living a life of faith today. It is a rhythm rooted in our Anglican heritage and has its origin in the monastic Rule of St. Benedict.

St. Benedict described his Rule as the Opus Dei, “the work of God.” That work was to be organized around a daily rhythm of Prayer, Study, and Labor. At Holy Comforter, we’ve adapted the Rule for our community and state the rhythm this way:

In worship, we pray the prayer of Christ.
In formation, we learn the mind of Christ.
In outreach, we do the deeds of Christ.

Undergirding this rhythm of worship, formation, and outreach, are two foundational practices that radiate from the center of all we do—“radical welcome” and “willing generosity.” All of these practices find eloquent expression in the Rule of St. Benedict who wrote, “All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, for he himself will say: I was a stranger and you welcomed me” (Rule of Saint Benedict 53:1). 

It is our hope that guests will genuinely encounter this sincere welcome, explore opportunities to participate in Holy Comforter's rhythm of life, and develop faithful friendships that endure over time.  Please feel free to contact one of the clergy if you would like more information about any subject that interests you on this website.