On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week we reflect on the Epistle appointed for the day in the lectionary.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart.
Last year, as we celebrated the 125th anniversary of the sacred space we call Christ Church, we marveled at the vision of our founders. Remember? They built our building for future generations —for us — in the midst of the worst economic cataclysm that America had ever known.
What courage! What Christian love for one another and for those who would come after them! More than once, I thought, “Who am I to follow in the footsteps of these visionary and generous people?”
Well? Here we are. We find ourselves in our founders’ footsteps, after all.
As I sit in my house in isolation, I find myself buoyed up by my brothers and sisters in our parish. Maybe you feel that, too. In the words of the Letter to the Hebrews, the people of Christ Church are “looking to Jesus.” We’re finding strength we didn’t know we had. We’re sharing that strength and hope and love with one another. We’re discovering that we are surrounded by “a great cloud of witnesses” that reaches back to our courageous founders and, more importantly, to Jesus. So we do “not grow weary or lose heart.” We have one another, and we have our Savior’s love.
A renewed awareness of the gifts of our faith is making this a very special and precious Holy Week. We are separated, but we are together.
In fact, we are “surrounded!”
The Rev. Thomas P. O’Dell
Hello church friends,
I hope everyone is staying healthy. I am trying not to watch or listen to too much news as it makes me anxious. Tom and I continue to get our much needed exercise each day. Tom is awesome at journaling, so I have taken his suggestion and I started journaling on my iPad. So far it’s going alright.
We FaceTime daily with our son and is family in Mississippi and our son in Lansing. We get so much joy in watching and talking to our grandkids.
I spend time putting together puzzles, sewing, baking, and reading. I’m glad to have both, New Seeds of Contemplation and 1 Corinthians study book to read. I miss our Church family so much, but we are together in Spirit.
Making phone calls to some of our members has been refreshing and comforting. Just hearing familiar voices and seeing how people are doing makes me feel better.
1 Corinthians 6:3: “May God our father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.”
Your Junior Warden,
There is a message from Tom O’Dell in the link below.
It will take you straight to a YouTube page and it will immediately begin playing.
Make sure that your volume is up. You can also make the video larger to fit your screen.
The following services will be offered on Facebook Live simultaneously on both of the diocesan Facebook pages. You do not need Facebook account to access the live broadcast. All videos will also be recorded and available for later viewing.
Additionally, if you are interested in serving as a reader for online services in Holy Week or beyond, please contact Canon Katie Forsyth by email.
10:30 AM – Morning Prayer with Bishop Hougland
4:00 PM – Litany of Healing with our Virtual Prayer List with the Rev. Canon Anne Hallmark
12:00 PM – Noonday Prayer with the Rev. Canon Val Ambrose
8:00 PM – Compline with the Rev. Canon Michael Spencer
4:00 PM – Litany of Healing with our Virtual Prayer List with McKenzie Bade
7:00 PM – Maundy Thursday Evening Prayer with Bishop Hougland
12:00 PM – Good Friday Service with Bishop Hougland
8:00 PM – Compline with Canon Katie Forsyth
12:00 PM – Noonday Office for Holy Saturday with Bishop Hougland
10:30 AM – Easter Day Morning Prayer with Bishop Hougland
Holy Week at Home
Our friends in the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan put together this excellent resource for individuals and families to create holy space within their homes and to study and reflect on the course of the week.
Click here to download.
The Good Vigil
Grace, Lapeer’s Tanna Leclaire offers “The Good Vigil,” a resource for families and small groups to celebrate the Feast of the Resurrection together, perhaps over a shared meal.
For Children & Youth
McKenzie Bade, Eastern Michigan’s Facilitator of Youth and Young Adult Networks, offers recommends the following resources to families gathering for at-home formation around Holy Week. Join the Youth Ministry Facebook page for more conversation and resource sharing.
We are a parish of members living on or near the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Charlevoix in the northwest corner of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. We are a church community in the Anglican (Episcopal) tradition, welcoming all, and serving Christ through worship, spiritual growth, and care for one another, the community, and God’s world. For over 120 years, we have honored scripture, tradition, and reason as we seek to know and to do the will of God in our lives.
You are most welcome to join us for our service of Holy Eucharist at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings. To find out more about what is going on this month, take a look at our newsletter, The Red Door.
The church is located at 200 State Street (one block off Bridge Street (US 31) which is the main street in Charlevoix). The church is white with red doors and is located at the corner of State and Clinton Streets. There is parking on the street or in the lot behind the church.
to join us! Our Sunday morning worship service (Rite II with Holy Eucharist) begins at 10:00 a.m. with a coffee hour following in our Parish Hall.