This page is updated with an overview and the most current information about where we are with our re-opening plans, and how you can stay involved and connected with our church during this time.
We are happy to share that our Sunday (8:30 and 11:00 a.m.) and Thursday (12:10 p.m.) services have now resumed for public worship, with social distancing and other procedures in place. Please see the pastoral letter here for those details: https://marinerschurchofdetroit.org/wp-content/uploads/Pastoral-Letter-Re-Opening.pdf
For now, all other in-person activities (Adult Bible Study, Children’s Sunday School, Social Hours, Theology on Tap) either continue to be suspended or have moved online.
While we have resumed in-person worship, we understand not everyone is ready to return, and so we continue to livestream all of our Sunday, Thursday, and Red-Letter Day services on our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/marinerschurchofdetroit
Recordings of our services are posted afterwards on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGIGgHuqx6wgiNUYg7ZTUGQ
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As you participate in the online services, we encourage you to pray along in your Book of Common Prayer. If you do not have one, it can be viewed online here: http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bcp/1928/BCP_1928.htm
For tips on how to make the most of online worship from home, we invite you to read this guest blog post by Jodi Hubbard: https://marinerschurchofdetroit.org/blog/seven-tips-for-worshiping-from-home/
Everyone is also encouraged to make an act of Spiritual Communion during the service, by praying the following prayer while Holy Communion is being distributed:
In Union, dear Lord, with the faithful at every altar of thy Church where thy blessed Body and Blood are being offered to the Father, I desire to offer thee praise and thanksgiving. I believe that thou art truely present in the Holy Sacrament, and since I cannot now receive thee sacramentally, I beseech thee to come spiritually into my heart. I unite myself unto thee, and embrace thee with all the affections of my soul. Let me never be separated from thee. Let me live and die in thy love. Amen.
Come Lord Jesus, dwell in thy servant in the fulness of thy strength, and in the perfection of thy ways, and in the holiness of thy spirit, and rule over every hostile power in the might of thy Spirit, and to the glory of thy Father, Amen.
May the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve my body and soul unto everlasting life. Amen.
We continue to encourage everyone to turn to God in prayer during this time. The Daily Office of Morning and Evening Prayer (BCP pg. 3, 21), The Litany (BCP, 54), and Forms of Prayer to be used in Families (BCP, 587) are very good resources for regular prayer.
The Prayer “In Time of Great Sickness and Mortality” (BCP, 45) is especially appropriate right now for daily prayer:
O most mighty and merciful God, in this time of grievous sickness, we flee unto thee for succour. Deliver us, we beseech thee, from our peril; give strength and skill to all those who minister to the sick; prosper the means made use of for their cure; and grant that, perceiving how frail and uncertain our life is, we may apply our hearts unto that heavenly wisdom which leadeth to eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Theology on Tap continues to meet remotely on Wednesdays at 6:30 via Zoom, a video conferencing platform that works on computers and most smartphones. (Note that you don’t need a webcam to join, and can call in via telephone as well). A link to join the meeting is sent out via our email list. If you are not on our email list, or are on our list but not receiving our regular email updates, please contact the church office.
Theology on Tap will conclude our current season on July 1, stay tuned for when we will resume in the Fall.
We will begin Catechism Class on July 12, either on Zoom or in person. This is a class going over Christian faith and practice in the Anglican tradition, studying the Catechism in The Book of Common Prayer and the book An Outline of an Anglican Life by Louis R. Tarsitano. This class is for anyone who is planning to be confirmed in the fall, or anyone who would like an introduction or a refresher on the central aspects of our faith and practice. If you would like to be confirmed in the fall, or be part of the catechism class, please contact Fr. Jeff.
Finally, we encourage everyone to continue to remain in touch with one another, especially with those who have not yet been able to come back for in-person worship. We are in a complicated time right now when many of us have returned for in-person worship but many continue to worship remotely. Fr. Jeff welcomes calls and emails.
The Staff has resumed work on-site in the church office during the week. Tithes and offerings can be given on Sunday or mailed in to the church. We are deeply grateful for your continued generosity during this time. “The Lord loveth a cheerful giver.”
If you have any questions about our procedures, or pastoral care needs, please feel free to contact Fr. Jeff.