Welcome to the Church of the Holy Comforter
Come Be Inspired!
Whether you simply share one Sunday or Holy Day with us or are seeking a place to call your spiritual home, we are blessed that you have found us here at Holy Comforter (CHC). We are proud to be an inter-generational faith community and invite you and your family members of all ages to participate in the fellowship found here.
It's hoped that much of the information you may be seeking is easily found on this website. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions from newcomers and visitors.
There are no assigned pews! Please sit wherever you feel comfortable and take a minute to read the service bulletin you received from an usher. This is your guide to the service, so that hopefully you won’t feel overwhelmed or confused by what is happening. The page numbers on the left refer to the large blue book or the green softcover book; they both contain the music we sing. The page numbers on the right direct you to the red Book of Common Prayer.
Beware Episcopal calisthenics! As the service proceeds, you will find the congregation standing, sitting, and/or kneeling at various moments. Don’t worry about it. If kneeling is uncomfortable for you, then don’t kneel. If standing is difficult, then please sit. You can’t make a mistake; do what is comfortable for you!
The Service Using the red Book of Common Prayer, you can follow along with the service; however, here are some highlights:
Processional: We sing to begin our worship while the choir and clergy walk to the front of the church.
Readings: Opening prayers and readings from the Bible are next.
Sermon: A minister will speak with the congregation connecting God’s Word to our everyday lives.
Creed: We all recite the Nicene Creed, written in the 4th century, because it summarizes our beliefs.
Prayers of the People: Next we pray for those who are sick, who have died, who are in need...for the whole world.
Peace: Then we share God’s peace with one another. Be prepared; the scene may become a bit boisterous! Our congregation loves to move out of the pews and joyously greet one another.
Holy Communion: Now we begin the actual focus of the service---Holy Communion or Holy Eucharist during which we will take bread and wine as Jesus’ disciples did at the Last Supper.
Recessional: We conclude the service with another song.
To take the bread, hold out your hands with the right on top of your left. The priest will place the bread in your palm. You may either eat the bread or hold it in your hand to dip in the chalice when it is offered.
If you wish, you may have a blessing instead of taking the bread. Simply cross your arms over your chest, and the priest will know you wish to be blessed.
If you would rather not come to the altar, please don't feel uncomfortable. We are simply happy that you chose to spend some time with us in God's house.
After the service, please follow people to the parish hall where we enjoy coffee and a snack. We would love to have an opportunity to chat and get to know you better.