The Story

The Life

To participate in the way of Abbey Way is to engage in an intentional way of living a shared life in God that is grounded in an ordinary, purposeful engagement in life as it is. We claim a very basic theological truth as central to our living: God is present in all parts of our life. We believe all of life is then sacred, filled with the God's holiness and love. There is no where we can go, there is no experience we can have, which God is not already there ready to meet us.The spirituality is one of wholeness. Wholeness in Christ. Wholeness in our choices. Wholeness in our relational connections. We dare to believe that the Spirit is active among us, leading us and guiding us as we submit ourselves in humility to God and each other. We desire to be Christ followers with our hearts wide open, ever expanding to the wonder and mystery of God all around us, obedient and faithful to the voice of God in our lives, both alone and together, centering our lives in Jesus, walking in God’s good way.We choose to ask, listen, see and respond to what God is doing in our midst: in us, with us, through us, and between us. Knowing we are always in process, we desire to be a community who stops to notice and name the Spirit’s movement in order to discover what it means to be God’s people today, in this place.Built on the foundations of healthy spiritual relationships full of kinship and kindness, shared spiritual practices of prayer and reflection, and corporate rhythms of worship, study, retreat and service, Abbey Way desires to be continually renewed in our formation as a Christ centered faith community that reflects our Lord in generous welcome to everyone.

“Arrange everything so that the strong have something to yearn for and so that the weak have nothing to run from.” – St. Benedict

The Model

Abbey Way’s model of Christian community centered in shared spiritual practices and corporate rhythms versus programs or events. With less energy put into developing and maintaining a wide range of ministry opportunities, more time was freed up to be together as a community of faith, sharing common life through meals, prayer, study, and play, while blessing people in God’s call of faithful love within the context of our neighborhoods and workplaces. We desired to create a way of living the Gospel life together that sustained and nurtured each person in and out of every season.Some of the practices Abbey Way held in its rhythm of life together were:Daily: Morning Prayer / Meditation or Lectio Divina or Centering Prayer or Examen / Evening PrayerWeekly: Gathered Prayer/ WorshipTwice a Month: Simple shared meal with prayer, learning, and supportMonthly: Individual Spiritual Reflection or Group Spiritual Direction / Community Shared MealQuarterly: Community Service / Study / Sabbath / ReflectionYearly: Community Retreat / Personal Retreat / Communal ReflectionPlacing a high value on each person’s spiritual growth and ability to hear God, we endeavored to make space for wholistic interaction for everyone.

“Christian community is not an ideal we have to realize, but rather a reality created by God in Christ in which we may participate. The more clearly we learn to recognize that the ground and strength and promise of all our community is in Jesus Christ alone, the more calmly we will learn to think about our community and pray and hope for it.”
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together

The Music Resource Prayer

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