Service Times

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.

Weekday Services

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 bevlee.lhms@goeaston.net or 410-745-2528.

Holiday Services

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 info@christstmichaels.org

Advent & Christmas Schedule

Sunday, December 3rd – 1 Advent
8 AM & 10:15 AM Holy Eucharist
9 AM Intergenerational Advent Wreath Making
5 PM Advent Lessons & Carols
Saturday, December 9th
9 AM Christmas Bazaar
Sunday, December 10th – 2 Advent
8 AM & 10:15 AM Holy Eucharist
6 PM Celebration of Choirs at St. Michaels Middle/High School
Sunday, December 17th – 3 Advent
8 AM Holy Eucharist
10:15 AM Holy Eucharist & Christmas Pageant
Thursday, December 21st
5:30 PM Blue Christmas Service
Saturday, December 23rd
2 PM Kids in Action Cookie Decorating & Caroling
Sunday, December 24th – 4 Advent
9 AM Holy Eucharist Christmas Eve
4 PM Family Christmas Eucharist
6 PM Christmas Eucharist
9:30 PM Choral Prelude
10 PM Festal Christmas Eucharist
Monday, December 25th – Christmas Day
10 AM Christmas Eucharist
Parish Office will be closed
Monday, December 25th & Tuesday, December 26th
Sunday, December 31st – 1 Christmas
8 AM & 10:15 AM Holy Eucharist

Special Annual Services

Kirkin o’ the Tartans

Kirkin O Tartins 2014-7559-2Don 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 Sunday, October 1st, after the 10:15 a.m. service, 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!)