As many are aware, all of Mariners’ Church’s in-person activities, including worship, are currently suspended due to the COVID-19 crisis.
This page will be updated with an overview and the most current information about where everything currently stands, and how you can stay involved and connected with our church during this time.
All of our Sunday, Thursday, and Red-Letter Day services will be streamed live online.
While we are worshiping online, we are moving to one Sunday service at 11 a.m. (Our 8:30 service will resume along with in-person worship.)
Our Thursday, 12:10 p.m. service of Holy Communion also continues via live online streaming.
We encourage everyone to participate in the streams live when possible. Live streams can be viewed on our Facebook page, and you do not need a Facebook account to view them.
The page is located at: https://www.facebook.com/marinerschurchofdetroit
Recordings of our services are posted afterwards on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGIGgHuqx6wgiNUYg7ZTUGQ
Please subscribe, as once we hit 1,000 subscribers, we can livestream on YouTube.
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.
Lent is a season for prayer, and especially during this time when there is great need and many of us have extra time, this is a great opportunity to turn to God in prayer. 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.
Stay tuned for other study opportunities!
Finally, we encourage everyone to remain in touch with one another, and Fr. Jeff welcomes calls and emails. The Church Office continues to function remotely, and can be called as usual. Tithes and offerings can continue to be mailed in to the church, but keep in mind that under the current circumstances, they will take longer than usual to be deposited. We give you our deep thanks in continuing to think of the church during this time, as the costs of our work remain.