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Mariners’ Church Anniversary Weekend-Oct. 20-22

Please join us for our three-part celebration of the Mariners’ Church 175th anniversary!

Part 1, Friday, October 20, 6:30 p.m. — Parish Dinner at the beautiful DAC

  • Parish Dinner Celebrating 175 Years — all are welcome!
  • Detroit Athletic Club, $65 per person
  • Contact Charlotte McKenzie- TODAY, 313.259.2206 for details and reservations

As a reminder, business attire is required at the DAC for those ages 14 and older. Denim is not allowed at any time at the DAC.

Part 2, Saturday, October 21, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. — Open House at Mariners’ Church

  • 1:00 p.m. Open House begins with snacks and beverages offered
  • 1:30 Ceremonial Flag Raising with U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Honor Guard
  • 1:45 Welcome remarks, Ken Morse, Chairman of the Mariners’ Board of Trustees
  • 1:50 Bishop Peter Beckwith, Rear Admiral (lower half), Chaplain Corps, United States Navy (Retired), and Chaplain Emeritus of Hillsdale College, invocation
  • 2:00 Presentation of Spirit of Detroit Award and other acknowledgements
  • 2:30 Detroit Fireboat Water Show (on riverfront near the Port of Detroit)
  • Tours, snacks and conversation until 4:00 p.m.

Throughout the afternoon, historical and information tours of the church will be offered.

Part 3, Sunday, October 22, 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. — Holy Communion at Mariners’ Church

All are invited to worship with Bishop Peter Beckwith and members of the Mariners’ congregation for Holy Communion. Mariners’ outstanding full choir will join the 11:00 a.m. service.

Parking for the celebration activities at Mariners’ Church is free and available in the Ford Underground Parking Garage located at the corner of E. Jefferson and Woodward Avenues.

We look forward to seeing you during this historic weekend!

The Trustees of Mariners’ Church
170 E. Jefferson Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 259-2206

Bishop Sutton to Guest Preach at Mariners’

On September 21, 2014 we’ll be welcoming Bishop Ray Sutton as a guest preacher at Mariners’ Church.

The Right Reverend Ray R. Sutton currently serves as Bishop Coadjutor in the Diocese of Mid America of the Reformed Episcopal Church and is Rector of the Church of the Holy Communion in Dallas, Texas. Bishop Sutton is also a founding member of the Anglican Church in North America.

We are very grateful that Bishop Sutton has agreed to preach at both the 8:30 and 11:00am services on Sunday, September 21.

St. Patrick

Bishop and Missionary of Ireland
Feast Day, March 17

For all of the green and orange that will be worn, and for all the media coverage, very, very little will be presented about the faith and essential person of Sucat (Welsh for “War-like”), a Romano-Britisher, who became St. Patrick, the courageous missionary to the Irish.

Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland and after whom the Anglican Cathedral in Dublin is named, was born on the northwest coast of Britain in about 390. Patrick’s father, Calpornius, was a Deacon in the Church and an official in the late Roman imperial government of Britain. His paternal grandfather was a priest.

When he was sixteen, Patrick was taken prisoner by an invading force of pirating Irish slave-traders who had gone on an economic rampage to seek cheap labor and to effect an immediate redistribution of wealth. For six years, Patrick was a slave tending sheep in Ireland.

He tells us that at the time of his captivity, he “knew not the true God.” He had a rebellious heart toward the things of the Holy Spirit. But amid the hardships and solitude of his lot, his faith in our Lord came alive. The Holy teachings that he knew as a boy took flesh and spirit within him. He wrote, “The love of God and His reverence increased more and more, and my faith grew and my spirit was stirred up…”

Patrick experienced the love of God: in those painful, evil, sad, and lonely days of slavery, he found love and redemption. In the face of hell, he received grace to be tough and resilient in that love. After six years, he heard a voice in his sleep that aroused his hopes of seeing his family and which encouraged him to escape. His two-hundred mile circuitous and secretive march to the sea was successful, and he finally returned to his family.

In 432, after study and preparation, Patrick returned to Ireland as a missionary.

About his ministry in Ireland, Patrick wrote, “Daily I expect either a violent death… or to be reduced to slavery… But, I have cast myself int the hand of the Almighty God… as the Prophet saith, ‘Cast thy care upon the Lord, and He Himself will sustain thee.'”

Patrick has never been canonized. He is accepted as a calendar saint in our “Lesser Feasts and Fasts,” because of his popular esteem by all Christians.

Regardless of partisan attempts to claim him, Patrick does not belong exclusively to any one part of the “One, Holy Catholic, and Apostolic Church” of the Creeds.

Throughout 1600 years, the Christian community originally gathered by St. Patrick has persisted, and Irish Anglicans, who belong to one of the oldest national churches in the world, will be found worshiping in ancient buildings a thousand years old or in modern churches completed no more than a few years ago.

Almighty God, who in thy providence didst choose thy servant Patrick to be the apostle to the Irish people, to bring those who were wandering in darkness and error to the true light and knowledge of thee: Grant us so to walk in that light that we may come at last to the light of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

– Lesser Feasts and Fasts

DAC Feature Article on Mariners’ Church

Joseph Cabadas of the Detroit Athletic Club (DAC) wrote a wonderful four page feature article on  Mariners’ Church. With information and pictures provided by Fr. Rich, Mr. Cabadas was able to expertly summarize a bit of Mariners’ history along with member connections to the DAC, including Ivan Ludington, who for many years presented the Captain Lewis Ludington Award at Mariners’ Blessing of the Fleet services.

DAC Feature Article

Mariners’ Church of Detroit Announces Assistant Pastor

DETROIT, September 21, 2011 — Mariners’ Church of Detroit, the oldest structure on the Detroit Riverfront, and “A House of Prayer for All People,” announced today that Fr. Paul Innes will serve as its new assistant pastor, effective immediately.

Innes, a lifelong Anglican who grew up in Windsor and has recently received his working Visa for the U.S., graduated from Ashland Theological Seminary where he received a Master of Divinity degree in 2004. During his seminary training, Father Innes was a manager at K-Scrap Resources. He served his community as an elected official, as well as a volunteer with citizens groups and the Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Fr. Paul was very active in his parish church, Christ Church, in Colchester Ontario, Canada, as well as at the Diocesan level with the Diocese of Huron. Fr. Paul was trained as a facilitator in parish strategic planning, curriculum, development, and support groups for the Diocese at the Renison Institute of Ministry, Waterloo. He has been a licensed Lay Reader and Lay Administrator for over 20 years and has worked as a lay pastoral visitor in his parish for more than 15 years.

After entering seminary, Father Innes served at Epiphany, Kingsville, and at St. Mary’s, Walkerville, in Windsor, Ontario.

Father Innes heard the bells of Mariners’ Church ringing across the Detroit River and has attended the church full-time as a member for the past three years. He served a variety of positions in the church, until his ordination as a Deacon on October 25, 2009. He was ordained to the Priesthood in May 2010.

“God called me from the wilderness of my secular existence in Canada to follow His Holy Spirit,” said Father Innes. “A friend had invited me to join Mariners where I found peace in my spirit because I felt so at home. Now the Holy Spirit keeps me at Mariners as a servant to all.”

Innes and his wife, Lynn, live in Colchester, Ontario, and have two grown children.

Response to “Lifting Up Detroit in Prayer”

Fr. Rich and Fr. Paul received an encouraging letter from Mayor Dave Bing this week in response to their Lifting Up Detroit in Prayer letter:

June 13, 2011

Fr. Richard W. Ingalls, Jr., Rector
Fr. Paul Innes, Assisting Priest
170 E. Jefferson Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48226

Dear Fr. Ingalls and Fr. Innes:

Thank you for your kind letter for support and encouragement. Your recognition of our challenges and opportunities means a lot to me and this team.

Your willingness to embrace the city and this administration, and uplift us in prayer is also greatly appreciated. We are, indeed, in trying times that become manageable with spiritual intervention.

Please feel free to contact my office if we can ever be of assistance, and thank you again for your unwavering support and prayers.


Dave Bing

Navy League Sunday

Another successful Navy League Sunday! We had a record number of Sea Cadets and many visitors as well. The two Navy Sea Cadet Corps training ships, the Grayfox and the Pride of Michigan were available tours after the service. I’ve included a couple of pictures (courtesy of the Detroit News) below and you can see even more in the Sea cadets mark Navy League Sunday gallery.

Sea Cadets enter Mariners' Church

Cadets, officers, and guests attend the annual Navy League Sunday service at Mariners' Church of Detroit

Cmdr. Peter Egeli

Cmdr. Peter Egeli talks about the demanding highly coveted jobs available in the Navy