Remote Ministry and Worship Resources

Ministry & Worship Resources

 

Diocesan Resources

  • Online and remote worship services in the Diocese of Michigan – (don’t see your congregation’s offerings represented? Email astania@edomi.org with the service details.
  • Sermons from Bishop Perry – Preaching in The Age of COVID-19
  • A Pastoral Directive from the Episcopal Bishops in Michigan
  • Donate to your congregation through the diocese’s PayPal account here.
  • Watch the Horizons Stewardship webinar on giving during social distancing and how to setup online giving here.
  • The slides from the Horizons Stewardship webinar are available here.

HOly Week at Home Resources

Remote Worship Service Resources

Pastoral Care Resources

Dear Friends,

For the foreseeable future I will host a Zoom call for clergy and lay leaders in congregations without clergy-in-charge, on Monday afternoons at 4:00 and on Thursday evenings at 8:00. Each of these calls is completely optional. I’m delighted to convene us to enable us to: check in, share experiences, offer best practices in this time of COVID, and to ask questions of me and each other.If you have time and would like to have a bit of time with colleagues who are also “faithfully making it up as we go along,” I hope you will join us. If this would be a time when you might grab a nap, read a book, spend time with your family, go for a run, say the Daily office, than I hope you will forego this conversation and do the activity that will most touch your heart and nourish your soul.

Please know that I am praying for all of you daily. I am so grateful that it is all of you that I am with in the midst of this pandemic.

Contact me if I can be of any help, or if you would like to talk.

In Christ,

BP

Food pantries, Food Service and Food Kitchens

Faith communities that have food pantries, soup kitchens and other food distribution programs should contact their county’s Health Department for updated guidelines on a regular basis.

Individual Prayer Resources (via EPISCOPAL COLORADO)

  • “The Book of Common Prayer: This is a complete online version of the Book of Common Prayer.
  • Neighborhood Prayer Walk: Individuals are invited to take prayer walks in their neighborhood. This is a time of intentional prayer for our neighbors. This resource invites people to visit, stop, and pray for those places and people who we encounter on a regular basis. Jesus is in your neighborhood so join him.
  • A Morning at the Office podcast: An Episcopal Morning Prayer Podcast
  • D365: The online d365, with its format of Pause, Listen, Think, Pray, Go, provides daily scripture readings, reflection, and prayer for young people (although adults will find it inspiring as well). Users can subscribe through email or download the app. The format is succinct and engaging, start-to-finish requiring approximately five minutes.
  • Pray As You Go: An online portal (or app) to pray the scriptures. Pray As You Go is a daily prayer session, designed to go with you wherever you go, to help you pray whenever you find time. A new prayer session is produced every day of the working week and one session for the weekend. Lasting between ten and thirteen minutes, it combines music, scripture and some questions for reflection. It’s aim is to help you to become more aware of God’s presence in your life, listen to and reflect on God’s word, and grow in your relationship with God.
  • Daily Prayer: This site offers the daily selections from Forward Day by Day, a liturgical calendar, and more resources to strengthen your faith and heart.
  • Episcopal Church Prayer Wall: Pray with us. Pray along with our community… or submit your own.

 

Supporting church operations

  • Finances: TENS offers a few best practices to prevent cash-flow crises to help keep “programs that benefit our communities running and the staff our congregations employ being paid through the near term:
    • For congregations which already have electronic giving set up as an option for pledge redemption and offerings, this is a good chance to promote it, to remind your congregants that they can easily sustain ministry through online gifts.
    • If you have not set up electronic giving yet, there are many options, and some of them take only minutes for your treasurer or someone with access to your accounts to set up. TENS recommends Tithe.ly. Click here to learn more.
    • Consider other options for electronic payment, such as PayPal and VenMo.
    • Keep your stewardship messaging about the mission. Your gifts are funding essential programs that your congregation offers to your neighbors
    • Encourage members who are able, to pay off their pledges early to avoid a cash-flow contraction
    • Remember to thank people for their generosity and encourage abundance in your community
    • Donate to your congregation through the diocese’s PayPal account here.
    • Watch the Horizons Stewardship webinar on giving during social distancing and how to setup online giving here.
    • The slides from the Horizons Stewardship webinar are available here.