Christmas Eve

We look forward to gathering together for worship on Christmas Eve, and want to invite you and your family to join us for one of our services!

These services will be filled with great joy, as our Christmas Eve services always are, but there are two main differences:

Our Christmas Eve Schedule is as follows:

  • 4:00 p.m. – Evening Prayer (spoken)
  • 7:30 p.m. – The Festival Choral Holy Communion
  • 11:00 p.m. – The Festival Choral Holy Communion

We ask that everyone RSVP for the service you are going to attend. This is a quick and simple process that you can complete by clicking the link below for the service you choose. Once you click the link, you can select the number of attendees joining you, and will be given a ticket that you can either print or save on your phone to present as you enter for service. If you have any questions about this process or need assistance, please call the Church Office at (313) 259-2206 and our Staff will be happy to assist you. Please note that the system limits RSVPs to a party of 4, as this is the size of our half-sections of pews. If there are more than 4 people in your family or group of friends attending the service, just RSVP in more than one group.

The RSVP links are as follows:

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All three services will also be livestreamed on our Facebook page at facebook.com/marinerschurchofdetroit. We look forward to adoring our newborn King together with you!

Christmastide Worship

Christmas is not just one day but 12! We invite you to worship with us for the following services during Christmastide. All services are available for both in-person and online participation, except those for St. Stephen, Deacon and Martyr (December 26), and The Circumcision of Christ (January 1), which due to parking limitations, are livestream-only.

All services are livestreamed on our Facebook page at facebook.com/marinerschurchofdetroit.

The schedule is as follows:

There will be no services, Friday, Christmas Day, December 25. The church office will be closed on Friday, December 25.

Saturday, December 26 – St. Stephen, Deacon and Protomartyr – 9:00 a.m., Live-streamed Morning Prayer

Sunday, December 27 – St. John, Apostle and Evangelist – 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. Services of Holy Communion

Monday, December 28 – The Holy Innocents – 12:10 p.m. – Service of Holy Communion

Thursday, December 31 – Thursday within the Octave of Christmas – 12:10 p.m. – Service of Holy Communion

Friday, January 1 – The Circumcision of Christ – 10:00 a.m., Live-streamed Service (The church office will be closed on Friday, January 1.)

Sunday, January 3 – The Second Sunday after Christmas – 8:30 a.m., The Holy Communion with Organ Music. The 11:00 o’clock service will be the Annual Festival of Lessons and Carols for Christmastide.

Wednesday, January 6 – The Epiphany – 12:10 p.m. – Service of Holy Communion

COVID-19 Updates

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

We are happy to share that 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 is on a break until after the New Year, resuming January 20, and will continue meeting on Zoom every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. We will be starting a new book, to be announced soon. 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.

Normal office have resumed in the Church Office. 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.