Holy Week and Easter

Dear Friends,

I want to invite you to join us for Holy Week services. This week is the heart of our liturgical calendar, and I encourage you to make worship a priority during this time. All services are available in-person and online. The schedule is:

Palm Sunday, March 28, 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
The Holy Communion with the Blessing and Distribution of Palms.

Maundy Thursday, April 1, 12:10 p.m.
The Holy Communion in Commemoration of the first Lord’s Supper.

Good Friday, April 2, 12 Noon-3:00 p.m.
Psalms, The Stations of the Cross and the Good Friday Liturgy, with choral music throughout the Three Hours.

Sunday, April 4, Easter Day, 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
The Festival Choral Holy Communion at both services.

Convenient, secure complimentary parking is available for all services in the Ford Underground Garage. For directions and parking info, please see visitmariners.org.

All services will be livestreamed on our Facebook page at facebook.com/marinerschurchofdetroit. It is an ancient best practice of the Church that Christians should receive the blessed Sacrament of Holy Communion at least once a year, on Easter Day or during Eastertide. (Of course, we should hunger for it much more and receive it as much as possible, but this is considered the minimum.) If you are not worshiping with us in-person, I encourage you to schedule a time for me to bring Holy Communion to you, which I am happy to do.

I have also posted a video introduction and invitation to Holy Week here: https://youtu.be/-4wzv0c5oj4. Feel free to share this video with friends and family that might not know about Holy Week, or that you would want to invite to our services. (If you want to be alerted to future videos we post on our YouTube channel, click the “subscribe” button below the video and click the bell.)

I will also be posting video readings of the Passion Narratives throughout the week on our Facebook page and YouTube channels. Be on the lookout for these throughout the week.

Finally, we are all very excited that there is light at the end of the tunnel in regards to the Covid-19 pandemic, however, we are not in the clear yet. In fact, the case numbers in Michigan are the worst they have been since December 5. We have been fortunate to avoid an outbreak at Mariners’ thus far. We’re grateful for everyone’s cooperation that has made it possible for us to worship safely in person, and ask for your continued attention to social distancing between households, properly wearing a mask (covering mouth and nose), and arriving shortly before, and departing immediately after service, rather than remaining inside the building. (We have resumed gathering outside in the plaza after the conclusion of services, weather permitting.) Our rejoicing at the end of this will be sweeter, if we can maintain the excellent track record we’ve had so far.

I look forward to worshiping with you during Holy Week, and pray a sense of God’s love and grace abounds in your heart during this sacred time.

Grace and Peace,
Jeff+

 

COVID-19 Updates

This page is updated with an overview and the most current information related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Our Sunday (8:30 and 11:00 a.m.) and Thursday (12:10 p.m.) services have 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, other in-person activities (Adult Bible Study, Social Hours, Theology on Tap) either continue to be suspended or have moved online.

Children’s Sunday School has resumed meeting on the first Sunday of the month, with lessons available for parents to complete with their children at home for other weeks. (Children are, of course, welcome to worship upstairs with their parents on those days!) Please call the Church Office with any questions.

Worship:

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. The livestreams, as well as videos of past services, can be found on our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/marinerschurchofdetroit .

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.

If you are unable to come to Church right now and would like one of our clergy to bring Holy Communion to your home, contact the Church Office.

Prayer:

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.

Study:

Theology on Tap meets on Zoom every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. We are currently reading Old Testament Controversies by Tremper Longman III. Contact the Church Office to be added to our email list and receive the Zoom invitation.

 

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 Church Office is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 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.