Parish Life – Our Weekly Blog

A New Way To Pray this Advent

By Barbara Prinzi

(This Tuesday night at 7 pm, and every Tuesday night in Advent, we will be gathering in St. Paul’s Chapel to teach the Ignatian Examen to anyone who is interested. A contemplative prayer for anyone

5 Spiritual Practices for Advent

By Rev. Chris Harris

The season of Advent is a time of hopeful expectation as we await the coming of Jesus, but it begins with Jesus inviting us to ‘keep awake!’ (Matthew 24:42) This is because

A Budget Priority in 2023

By The Vestry of Christ Church Cranbrook

After the uncertainty and disruption of the past few years, it’s wonderful to see parishioners back in church, enjoying coffee hour in the Atrium, a Sunday School exploding with


By Linda Ban

Eight years ago, our family was in constant motion. We lived in Plymouth, went to church in Ann Arbor, and our son attended school in Bloomfield. In addition to all of the local

An Eye Opener

By Jon Buyle

From my first visit to Christ Church Cranbrook, I have been impressed with their multiple outreach ministries in the community. Although I love being in this magnificent church and participating in the beautiful

Grace at the Exact Right Moment

By Kris Guccione

Where I experience Space for Grace can change from day to day for me. I most typically find Grace sitting quietly in the gothic splendor of our beautiful sanctuary.

Do we have to? No, we get to.

By Joe LaVela


Christianity is meant to be practiced in community. Jesus did not do his ministry alone – he called the twelve – and he never sent anyone on a mission alone. 

Community makes

Prayer Shawl Ministry’s Annual Sale – Coming this December!

What does the Prayer Shawl Group knit? Well yes, our comforting Prayer Shawls.

That’s how it starts, but our knitters are artists, and we know an artist needs variety, an artist sees and dreams and creates

What Would Our Tax Preparer Say?

By Chris Harris


A mentor of mine once said, if you want to know if God is a priority in your life, check your bank account.

That’s right.  Your bank account.

Not how often

Over a Club Sandwich

By Amy Stevenson


Where have I experienced “Space for grace?” It happened over a club sandwich.

I am a part of Christ Church Cranbrook’s “Women’s Spirituality Group” – a group for women who are looking to deepen their faith, and journey