Christ Church – St. Michael’s Parish is first and foremost a worshipping community. As Christians, we come together around the communion table week after week to worship and celebrate God through our savior Jesus the Christ. Prayer, reading of scripture, teaching, hymns and songs of praise, and the celebration of the Holy Eucharist define and shape our Sunday morning experience.
As Episcopalians, and probably more than any other contemporary religious group, we are people of a prayer book. The Book of Common Prayer guides our common worship and private devotions and is the source of most of our theology—how we speak about God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit.
At Christ Church, we have many opportunities for public worship. We offer Holy Eucharist, both Rite One and Rite Two; Evensong, a sung evening service; and various monthly and seasonal services providing meaningful worship of God. Each of our services is described below in greater detail.
Sunday 8:00 AM – Traditional Language Eucharist (Year-round)
At 8:00 AM throughout the calendar year we offer the service of Holy Eucharist: Rite One, with sermon. This service appeals to those individuals who prefer an earlier service time or the more traditional language similar to what was found in the 1928 Prayer Book. Nevertheless, we are inclusive in our language and the service includes piano and organ voluntaries, as well as a closing hymn. Congregation members enjoy this service’s contemplative nature.
Sunday 9:30 AM – Holy Eucharist (Memorial Day Through Labor Day)
A 9:30 AM service of Holy Eucharist: Rite Two is offered during the summer months, beginning the Sunday after Memorial Day and ending the Sunday after Labor Day. Childcare is provided in the nursery from 9 AM – 11:30 AM.
Sunday 10:15 AM – Holy Eucharist with Choirs (Sunday after Labor Day through the Sunday before Memorial Day)
The 10:15 AM service on Sunday mornings features the Chancel Choir, said Eucharist and sermon. The language of the prayers in this service is contemporary, or common speech, again with inclusive language. This is the larger of our two Sunday morning services. (Note: Beginning the Sunday before Memorial Day and ending the Sunday after Labor Day, this service is held at 9:30 AM.)
Wednesday Service – 12 Noon
All are invited to gather in the church chancel (the area near the high altar where the choir normally sits), for a commemorative Holy Eucharist in which we will remember the lives of various saints throughout the church’s history. Be it for yourself or for anyone who might be on your heart and mind, each service will also offer prayers for healing and peace, as well as an invitation to receive sacramental anointing. With a thought towards those who may be on a lunch break with limited time, the service is planned to last no more than 20-25 minutes.
Additional services are scheduled around holiday periods and feast days like Christmas, Holy Week and Easter. These often include special music and ceremonies appropriate to the holiday. For more information visit our “Calendar” page, or contact the parish office at 410-745-9076, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Annual Services
Kirkin o’ the Tartans
Don your Scottish kilts, scarves or sashes and join in the procession, along with our chancel choir, clergy, members of the St. Andrews Society of the Eastern shore, and the Chesapeake Caledonian Pipes & Drums. Procession begins at 10 a.m. on Willow Street. During the church service, the tartans will be blessed and the names of those members of the St. Andrew’s Society who died during the past year will be remembered. The pipes and drums will provide special music during the service and will then present a concert on the front lawn of Christ Church. Oxford’s Scottish Highland Creamery will serve free ice cream. All are welcome.
Blessing of the Animals
In commemoration of St Francis of Assisi, on the first Sunday in October, we will offer an opportunity to have your favorite animals and their relationship with you blessed in churchyard that afternoon. Over the years, a wide variety of pets have been blessed in various places, including LOTS of dogs of all sizes (leashes please), cats (very few, usually in boxes), guinea pigs, guppies. tetras and goldfish, a flying squirrel, as well as assorted snakes turtles and amphibians. Join us as we recognize the special kind of blessing that our pets so often are! (The minister will come outside for horses!)