What does it mean to walk with the Lord? Do we take the time to look into the faces of those we see during our daily lives? Do we take the people and services of our community for granted? These are some of the questions our congregation have been focusing on during this Lenten season. People of many faiths have walked in processions to honor and pray for others for centuries. On Palm Sunday, April 12th, the congregation of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church invite you to walk in procession with us to honor and pray for our community. We will gather at Faith In Action, 603 S. Main St. in Chelsea at noon and begin with prayer there for their work, Hearts, Chelsea United Way and all agencies that assist others in need and our Chelsea Senior Center. We will continue with prayer stops along the way at Chelsea St. Joseph Community Hospital, Police Station, City Building, Library, First Congregational Church of Chelsea, Fire Dept., Court House and Chamber of Commerce. At each of these stops we will pray for the people and the services they provide to our community. Please join in at any time along the way or at our final stop to pray for all who live, work and worship in community with us. After our walk, all are invited back to St. Barnabas for light refreshment and fellowship.
Thankful for day that is past? Come and give thanks and ask for God's protection through the coming night.
This ancient and simple service lasts about 20-30 minutes and gives one a chance to slow down, pause and thank God for the day that is past, and is set with candlelight and incense.
Known as Compline (pronounced comp-lin), it is also known as Night Prayer, or Prayers at the End of the Day, and is the final church service of the day in the Christian tradition of canonical hours. The English word Compline is derived from the Latin completorium, as Compline is the completion of the working day. The word was first used in this sense about the beginning of the 6th century by St. Benedict in his Rule.
A typical Compline Prayer can be found at http://www.bcponline.org/DailyOffice/compline.html
"Dear friends in Christ: On this most holy night, in which our Lord Jesus passed over from death to life, the Church invites her members, dispersed throughout the world, to gather in vigil and prayer. For this is the Passover of the Lord, in which, by hearing his Word and celebrating his Sacraments, we share in his victory over death."
This is the opening to the liturgy of the Great Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday. It announces in a short synopsis what our purpose in gathering together will be about. The Great Easter Vigil is one of the most ancient rites within the church and is in this author's opinion, the crowning worship service of the church. In it the church
The Anglican approach to reading and interpreting the Bible was first articulated by Richard Hooker in the 16th Century. While Christians universally acknowledge the Bible (or the Holy Scriptures) as the Word of God and completely sufficient to our reconciliation to God, what the Bible says must always speak to us in our own time and place.
St. Barnabas is an Episcopal Church and part of the Anglican Communion. This means we are both sacramental and mission oriented. We are a Total Ministry, or Ministry of All the Baptized, congregation, where all are encouraged to participate as each is called by God to do. This means some are called to help with worship, music, teaching, pastoral care, hospitality, greeting, ushering, intercession (prayers), altar guild duties or reading in addition to ordained ministry.
Our ministry team includes Father David Glaser and Father Bill Stech, our priests, and Jan Varady commissioned to pastoral care, Nancy Scott commissioned to pastoral care and hospitality, and Kathy O'Connell, Christian education coordinator and administrator.
We use the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. For your convenience, we use easy-to-follow printed bulletins. Our music is wide-ranging, from traditional hymns to contemporary praise choruses. During our service feel free to stand, sit or kneel as you are able. We take an offering, which helps support the church and our outreach to the community, and we appreciate any gift you make. We hope you will find in our service a renewed certainty that God has visited His people.
We welcome you!
St. Barnabas Quilter's Guild presents a "Green" Earth Bag Workshop, Sunday, November 20, 2011, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Taking care of the earth can be fun, and you won't believe how easy it can be. The event is free for all. Held at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 20500 Old U.S. 12, Chelsea, Michigan.
St. Barnabas is hosting a Crazy Quilt Workshop on Saturday, September 24, from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. All skill levels are invited. Space is limited so register early.
Cost is $15 and includes a light meal and all materials needed to finish a Crazy Quilt block.
For more info, phone Kitty at (734) 475-1546.
This documentary film, premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and on the Oscar shortlist of documentary features for that year, focuses on homosexuality and its perceived conflict with religion. Interviews delve into real families—some well-known and some not—and their struggles to come to terms with what it means to honor God through sexuality in modern-day America.
St. Barnabas Days festivities will be kicked off by Danny Cox, music director at the multi-campus Kensington Community Church, Troy, Michigan, who will lead a contemporary praise music workshop for Chelsea area musicians. Before his music directing days, Danny was a full-time recording artist, studio musician and producer.