The Great Lakes Memorial Service
We will be having our annual Great Lakes Memorial service at 3:00 p.m. (Please note the different time this year) on Sunday, November 8.
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, things will be a bit different this year. The main difference is the time change, noted above, which allows us a higher capacity of worshipers. Worshipers will also have the option of participating in this service either in-person, or online. Everyone planning to worship with us in-person is required to RSVP. Please see the link under the “how” section below for details. Below are the “what”, “when”, and “how” of the ways this beloved service will be different this year:
- What: The format of the service itself will be mostly the same. It will include all of the prayers and memorials that we all find so meaningful, including the iconic tolling of the bell. The only difference is that this year the service will not include the administration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion, as it usually does.
- When: As previously mentioned, the service will be at 3:00 p.m. this year. It will still be on the second Sunday in November (this year November 8), as it has been in past years.
- How: This is where the most significant changes will be. In-person worshipers are required to RSVP for this service, and follow social distancing directions. Details about both can be found here: https://marinerschurchofdetroit.ccbchurch.com/get.php?id=138&tk=6e3723819700a7057569ec45a85e4c61. The service will also be livestreamed on our Facebook page at facebook.com/marinerschurchofdetroit for those who would prefer to participate online.
Due to the very fluid situation with the Covid-19 pandemic, we ask that anyone who is going to participate in this service in-person check this webpage the day before (Saturday, November 7). We appreciate your flexibility during this challenging time, and look forward to being able to gather again for this service under the more normal circumstances we are used to next year!
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, 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. 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.
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 has resumed, and meets via Zoom on WEdnesdays at 6:30 p.m. Please contact the church office for further details.
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.