Welcome to St. Michael’s!

site last updated April 24 at 1:00 pm 

The new service will be posted before 8 am Sunday.

Our church and building continue to be closed to the public. We are maintaining secure entry for one staff or volunteer person at a time to ensure building integrity.
 
Thanks to all who have either mailed in their pledges or taken advantage of the new mailbox to the left of the parish house door. Bank deposits are only being made every few weeks, so please be patient while your item clears.
 
Each vestry member has a list of parish households to keep in touch with by telephone and a first round of calls has been made. If you have not been called, please let Fr. Michael know at 603-661-7860. Conversations keep people connected and informed.
 
If anyone knows of a neighbor or friend who needs assistance with food, prescription pick-up, errands, etc. please call Fr. Michael and let him know the details.
 
As it is highly likely that the stay-at-home protocol will be extended through April, more information, guidelines and support will follow.
 
Best wishes and prayers
from the Wardens and Vestry of St. Michael’s Church
 

Walking Reflections amid COVID19
~~ Jan Rhein, from Bradenton, Florida

While walking this morning I sentimentally recalled all the wonderful songs I learned at camp and as a camp counselor one summer between college years. I began to sing them as I walked along, feeling great solace in their words and the simplicity of the time when I learned them. We have gotten back to basics these days, spending time alone with lots of time to think as when we were children. Those were happy times without all the complications of being an adult. We had a childlike faith that all would work out well.
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Safe Outdoor Gatherings while Respecting Physical Distancing: I’ve heard from several parishioners that neighbors are arranging to meet at specific times to gather outdoors (while standing feet apart). Fantastic! Becky and I have begun meeting our neighbors on Allard Avenue, generally by shouting across the street while Earl barks at other dogs. I think our presence has been noticed.
 
How are you passing these days? Drop me a line so that I might share our stories of compromise, adaptation, reflection, and inspiration. rector@stmichaelsgpw.org
 
My prayer continues that all will be held safely in God’s hands, and that we will rejoice when we can gather again in person as the body of Christ at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church.
 
Faithfully, Fr. Michael
 
From our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, come his weekly meditations, “Habits of Grace”. All are available beginning with March 16th; new ones will be posted through May. 
 
He is a wonderfully thoughtful preacher, and no less so than in these brief reflections: HABITS OF GRACE
 
Music: Musicians are providing performances online. No matter what your musical interests or tastes there is much to be had these days. For opera buffs, the Metropolitan Opera in NYC is streaming for free past performances: MET OPERA
 
The Detroit Symphony offers replays of many concerts as well as specific performances from concerts: Replays of Detroit Symphony Orchestra Concerts: ORCHESTRA HALL
 
Several parishioners have relayed that reading and praying the psalms has provided comfort and hope. 
There are at least 150 psalms; no aspect, situation, triumph or tragedy of the human condition is not recorded somewhere in those hundreds of verses. 
 
Of special support in these times are psalms: 4, 16, 23, 30, 46, 31, 91, 121, 130. If you have ones that speak to you, please let me know. 
 
The entire psalter from the Book of Common Prayer is online at PSALTER
 
YouTube is a source of hymns and worship services; just search by the name of the hymn and you’ll likely find more than one recording. (I played during Palm Sunday worship the YouTube posting of “All Glory Laud, and Honor” as sung by the choir and people of King’s College Chapel, Cambridge.)