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 (Summer)
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 (September-June)
The 10:15 AM service on Sunday mornings features the Chancel Choir, said Eucharist and sermon. Our Bell Choir performs on the second Sunday of the month during the program year and occasionally for special services. 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 after Memorial Day and ending the Sunday after Labor Day, this service is held at 9:30 AM.)
Occasional Sundays 5:00 PM – Evening Prayer with Choir: Evensong (As scheduled)
We offer the contemplative service of Evensong, or sung evening prayer on special occasions such as Epiphany and Advent. The service, or “office”, of Evening Prayer is heavily influenced by the traditions of the monasteries in which the service developed and thrived for centuries. This half-hour service, led by the clergy and choir, is followed by a simple fellowship time in the rear of the nave.
First Wednesday Healing Service – 12:10 PM
This service will be a time for people to come together and offer prayers for our community, our nation, and the world and to receive healing prayer for themselves and their family and friends. For more information, please contact Bev Kegan with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-745-2528.
Additional services are scheduled around holiday periods and feast days like Thanksgiving, 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 email@example.com
Holy Week Schedule
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, and stretches through the celebration of the Resurrection of Christ on Easter Day. Throughout that week there are many opportunities to be present with Jesus in these final days. Below are a few opportunities:
Palm/Passion Sunday – March 25th
Holy Eucharist at 8 AM & 10 AM with the Blessing of Palms and reading of the Passion at both services.
(Please note earlier time for the later service!)
Holy Wednesday – Wednesday, March 28th – 5 PM
“Stations” or Way of the Cross at 6 PM in the church. (Please note new day!)
Maundy Thursday – Thursday, March 29th
Agape Meal – at 6 PM
A reverent and simple meal liturgy, with blessings and reading of Scripture. Participant are asked to arrive by 5:30 PM, and to bring cheese, olives, hummus, dried or fresh fruit. A sign-up sheet is available in the Parish House or you may phone the parish office at 410-745-9076. If you can help or if you have any questions, please contact Linda Norris at 410-745-4096.
Maundy Thursday Liturgy – 7 PM
Holy Eucharist, Solemn Stripping of the Altar, Mandatum, and Overnight Prayer Vigil
After the Maundy Thursday service, the church will remain open for parishioners to keep vigil just as Jesus commanded the disciples to stay awake while he prayed in the garden of Gethsemane. Please consider signing up for one hour of prayer or meditation. The Vigil concludes with the Good Friday liturgy. For your safety, paid security will be present during the overnight hours. If you would like to participate by keeping vigil in the church for one hour between 8 PM on Thursday and 11 AM on Good Friday, please sign up in the Parish House.
Good Friday – Friday, March 30th – 12 Noon
The Good Friday liturgy takes place at Noon in the church.
Easter Day – Sunday, April 1st – Easter services are as follows:
6:45 AM Sunrise Service at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
8:00 AM Easter Eucharist
10:15 AM Easter Family Eucharist
10:30 AM Easter Egg Hunt
11:00 AM Easter Eucharist with Choir
Note: The Parish Office & St. Michaels Food Pantry will be closed Monday, April 2nd and Tuesday, April 3rd.
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 church. The actual blessing will happen immediately following the sermon, so you can plan when you may want to walk or retrieve your special pet. 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! (John will come outside for horses!)