Worship & Prayer

Worship and prayer are central to our life of faith in the Episcopal Church. This page contains resources for congregations planning for corporate worship as well as for individuals seeking resources for their own faith life.

PREPARING FOR A BISHOP VISITATION

Bishops have regular visitations with congregations on most Sundays throughout the year. Their visitation is an opportunity to connect with diocesan life and ministry and to build relationships with the whole congregation. At the moment, due to COVID and until we have our bishop provisional in place, visitations for the remainder of 2021 and 2022 are not yet scheduled. 

CYCLE OF PRAYER

Each Sunday, we pray for our whole community including those inside and outside of our own congregation. The following resources help identify how we might pray for others within our own diocese and within the Anglican Communion.

Supply Clergy

When a priest is unavailable or out of town, the congregation may request supply clergy (a temporary priest) to fill in during their absence. The dioceses in the Lower Peninsula have agreed that supply clergy may be called from any of the dioceses in Michigan.

LAY LICENSING

Lay people may be licensed to exercise particular ministries as part of worship in their congregation. For information about upcoming trainings, please visit the Coppage-Gordon School for Ministry Page.

RETREAT CENTERS

Take a step away from your busy life and take some time to listen to the Holy Spirit. The following retreat centers offer space apart for individual and some programmed retreats.

Camp Chickagami, Presque Isle, MI

The All Saints, Saugatuck Retreat House, Saugatuck, MI 

Emmaus Monastery, 10154 N Pine Grove Rd, Vestaburg, MI (989) 268-5494

St. Gregory’s Abbey, Three Rivers, MI

Plainsong Farm, Rockford, MI

Emrich Retreat Center, Brighton, MI