Church at Home Weekly Events & Program Guide: Week of September 26 - October 2

More than worship!  See our weekly schedule of online bible study, prayer groups, classes, and other “virtual” gatherings for all ages here.

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As part of our celebration of the 92nd anniversary of the founding of Christ Church Cranbrook, Director of Music and Organist Christopher Wells will perform a brief organ recital to be broadcast Founders’ Day. Music will include: 

  • Suite Breve by contemporary American composer and organist Craig Phillips (as heard on Christopher’s recording of  Phillips’ organ music, also available from Christopher himself!).
    The short pieces in this suite, commissioned for the American Guild of Organists Boston Regional Convention in 2009, each feature a different group of stops and sounds on the organ — from weighty foundations and dancing flutes to reeds and luscious strings, and finally full organ. It allows the organist to showcase our instrument — now heard in the church with different acoustics since the pandemic, (sadly) without an in-person audience but also with pew cushions and kneelers removed.
  • Serenade by British composer, conductor, and teacher Derek Bourgeois
    Bourgeois, known especially for his music for brass and wind bands, wrote this Serenade for his own wedding to be played as the guests departed the church. The jaunty piece keeps both player and listeners on their toes as it seamlessly moves in mixed meters for a joyous conclusion to a ceremony and recital. 

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We may not be hosting our homeless guests but they are so appreciative of meals being provided for them during these trying times! We have committed to providing meals for 100 people in a motel-turned-shelter. Six days, all three meals. We need food, cash donations and help.

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The selection for September is Notre-Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) by Victor Hugo. We hope you will join us for one of the greatest historical romances of the nineteenth century.  

In the vaulted Gothic towers of Notre-Dame Cathedral lives Quasimodo, the hunchbacked bell ringer. Mocked and shunned for his appearance, he is pitied only by Esmerelda, a beautiful gypsy dancer to whom he becomes completely devoted. Esmerelda, however, has also attracted the attention of the sinister archdeacon Claude Frollo, and when she rejects his lecherous approaches, Frollo hatches a plot to destroy her, that only Quasimodo can prevent. Victor Hugo’s evocative novel brings life to the medieval Paris he loved, and mourns its passing in one of the greatest historical romances of the nineteenth century.

Join us right after the 10 AM church service finishes! Join us as we gather together online and connect virtually with each other!

  • To join the computer, tablet or smart phone: https://zoom.us/j/898285082
  • OR to join by ANY phone: (312) 626-6799, then enter 898 285 082

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As we all know, the division and polarization of our country has gotten so bad, that many of us will no longer talk politics with our friends or family members – or risk hurt feelings and frayed relationships. Yet as Christians, we are called to be reconcilers and peacemakers.  This election season, we are going to explore 9 practices that, with God’s grace, can transform our political conversations into something that might actually bring us closer together, rather than drive us apart.

We will be guided by two women, a Republican and a Democrat, who, guided by their faith, have spent the last 5 years doing exactly that in a joint podcast.  They share their secrets in a book they co-authored called, “I Think You’re Wrong (but I’m Listening) – A Guide to Grace-Filled Political Conversations” which we will be using as a guide (a FREE download with Amazon Prime).   They have been featured on both ends of the spectrum, on Fox News and on MSNBC, and they will be personally joining us over Zoom to help kick off the series and then to help bring it to a close!!

Dial in with a phone: (312) 626-6799 (enter Meeting ID: 986 4403 8555 and Passcode: 608887 when prompted)

This years youth confirmation class starts this week. We will meet on the patio. Parents join us for the first 10 minutes!

For more information or to register: Contact Kellie 

Evensong is a service of sung prayers, hymns, and readings for the close of day. In this hybrid service, music comes to us live from the church, while readings and prayers are offered by participants at home. All are welcome to join this meditative service for the end of the day.

Duration: 1 hour

We are hosting four amazing sessions with author and spiritual leader, Pastor Arnita Willis Taylor, co-author of A Language of Healing for a Polarized Nation. Pastor Arnita looks forward to helping us learn and practice a way of being with others who are vastly different from us. She is engaging, warm and wise, and we look forward to these series of conversations.
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About Pastor Arnita Willis Taylor, M.T. (ASCP), MSL
Arnita Willis Taylor, wise, witty, warm, and practical, is currently the founder and owner of Eight Leadership Development Group, which is a leadership development company that helps assigned and tag leaders improve their leadership practice by providing customized learning opportunities like consulting, seminars, coaching, and small group intensive interactions. The primary foci are developing and refining soft skills in the areas of character, culture, diversity and inclusion, communication, change and conflict management.

Led by Pastor Manisha and Victoria Laurenzi-Jump, MSW, Pastoral Care Associate. Click here to register

Have you experienced a death of a loved one? Each meeting we discuss together the essential touchstones of grief. Using Understanding Your Grief by Dr. Alan Wolfelt, we help one another by exploring our feelings of loss and understanding the grief process that is unique to every person.

Duration: 2 hours

Register Here

Parables & Midrash in Conversation

This year, in celebration of our growing relationship with Temple Beth El, we are devoting our fall Wednesday Adult Education program to reading our Scriptures together. Both parables and midrash provide us with powerful insights into our life with God by giving us images of holy living that are often paradoxical and layered with meaning. In the process, they provide us with a window through which to view our own complex, contradictory, and sometimes chaotic lives.

We are joined by Vanderbilt University Professor Amy-Jill Levine, who will unpack three parables from the Gospel of Luke that hold particular insight into the ways that Christians and Jews view sacred stories:

  • The Lost Son (Luke 15:11-32)
  • The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)
  • The Dishonest Steward (Luke 16:1-13)

This series is open to the community – all welcome!

  • To join the video conference: Click Here
  • Join by phone:  (312) 626-6799   Meeting ID: 976 1468 9219
    Passcode: 779031

About Professor Amy-Jill Levine

Dr. Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt (Divinity and A&S); she is also Affiliated Professor, Woolf Institute: Centre for Jewish-Christian Relations, Cambridge University. Her books include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus and Short Stories by Jesus; four children’s books (with Sandy Sasso); The Gospel of Luke (with Ben Witherington III); and The Jewish Annotated New Testament (co-edited with Marc Brettler).  In 2020 she published The Bible With and Without Jesus: How Jews and Christians Read the Same Stories Differently (with Marc Brettler); and Sermon on the Mount: A Beginner’s Guide to the Kingdom of Heaven. 

Saturday, September 26

We will gather under a new tent in the triangle of grass in front of the church. We will also make use of the shade from the large beech tree to ensure proper social distancing. Masks will be provided, but we also encourage you to bring your own chair and mask. If there is rain, this service will be moved indoors. We can accommodate 100 people per service.

Duration: 1 hour

Catch up with Bill and the clergy for updates about the church on topics including the fall program year, our service times, Christmas & Advent programming, Sunday School, campus use, the campus renewal project, and more. Bring your questions!

Founders Day: Sunday, September 27

We will continue to offer our live-stream Service of the Word, which is how we have been worshipping for the past four months. 

Duration: 1 hour

Catch up with Bill and the clergy for updates about the church on topics including the fall program year, our service times, Christmas & Advent programming, Sunday School, campus use, the campus renewal project, and more. Bring your questions!

Virtual Middle School Sunday school will be happening every Sunday, check in and study God’s word together. Pajamas welcome!!

Duration: 1 hour

Join us right after the 10AM church service finishes! Join us as we gather together online and connect virtually with each other!

  • To join the computer, tablet or smart phone: https://zoom.us/j/898285082
  • OR to join by ANY phone: (312) 626-6799, then enter 898 285 082

We will gather under a new tent in the triangle of grass in front of the church. We will also make use of the shade from the large beech tree to ensure proper social distancing. Masks will be provided, but we also encourage you to bring your own chair and mask. If there is rain, this service will be cancelled. We can accommodate 100 people per service.

Duration: 1 hour

We will meet outside the front doors of the church at 11 AM and walk to the Cranbrook amphitheater together.

Duration: 1 hour

Catch up with Bill and the clergy for updates about the church on topics including the fall program year, our service times, Christmas & Advent programming, Sunday School, campus use, the campus renewal project, and more. Bring your questions!

Evensong is a service of sung prayers, hymns, and readings for the close of day. In this hybrid service, music comes to us live from the church, while readings and prayers are offered by participants at home. 

Hear soprano Kate Lucander sing Handel’s Eternal source of light divine (as heard at the wedding of Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex), as well as other music for the festal evening, accompanied by this weekend’s 5 PM and 11 AM violinist Phoebe Gelzer-Govatos.

All are welcome to join this meditative service for the end of the day.

Join Christopher Wells for an up-close musical tour of the Mander Organ in the main church with music, video, and explanation that highlights the different sounds of this large instrument. Watch the moving parts of the instrument create its seamless sound and see an interview with one of the composers as part of this engaging 30-minute recital-demonstration. Music includes: 

  • Suite Breve by contemporary American composer and organist Craig Phillips (as heard on Christopher’s recording of  Phillips’ organ music, also available from Christopher himself!).
    The short pieces in this suite, commissioned for the American Guild of Organists Boston Regional Convention in 2009, each feature a different group of stops and sounds on the organ — from weighty foundations and dancing flutes to reeds and luscious strings, and finally full organ. It allows the organist to showcase our instrument — now heard in the church with different acoustics since the pandemic, (sadly) without an in-person audience but also with pew cushions and kneelers removed.
  • Serenade by British composer, conductor, and teacher Derek Bourgeois
    Bourgeois, known especially for his music for brass and wind bands, wrote this Serenade for his own wedding to be played as the guests departed the church. The jaunty piece keeps both player and listeners on their toes as it seamlessly moves in mixed meters for a joyous conclusion to a ceremony and recital. 

Monday, September 28

Join the conversation

Start your day with Morning Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer, a communal service in which we pray the psalms, read Scripture together, and offer prayers for our church and the world. No Prayer Book needed! We’ll use the online service at this siteQuestions? Email Nathan Costa

Duration: 30 minutes

  • To join by phone: (312) 626-6799, then enter 538 119 149

We are opening the church for quiet prayer so you can be in the space where so many of us have felt the presence of God. Social distancing, masks, and signing in are required, as is faith the size of a mustard seed.

Duration: 2 hours

Tuesday, September 29

Join the conversation

Start your day with Morning Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer, a communal service in which we pray the psalms, read Scripture together, and offer prayers for our church and the world. No Prayer Book needed! We’ll use the online service at this siteQuestions? Email Nathan Costa

Duration: 30 minutes

  • To join by phone: (312) 626-6799, then enter 538 119 149

We are opening the church for quiet prayer so you can be in the space where so many of us have felt the presence of God. Social distancing, masks, and signing in are required, as is faith the size of a mustard seed.

Duration: 2 hours

Wednesday, September 30

Join the conversation

Start your day with Morning Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer, a communal service in which we pray the psalms, read Scripture together, and offer prayers for our church and the world. No Prayer Book needed! We’ll use the online service at this siteQuestions? Email Nathan Costa

Duration: 30 minutes

  • To join by phone: (312) 626-6799, then enter 538 119 149

We are opening the church for quiet prayer so you can be in the space where so many of us have felt the presence of God. Social distancing, masks, and signing in are required, as is faith the size of a mustard seed.

Duration: 2 hours

Each of us have a story to tell about our experiences with God. Learn how to tell your own story from your earliest memories to where you are now. Father Chris will lead this session.

  • To join the video conference: Click Here
  • To join by phone: (312) 626-6799, then enter 896 829 668; Password: 402742

Duration: 1 hour

Come play crazy fun games that actually reward with prizes!!

Duration: 1 hour

Thursday, October 1

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Start your day with Morning Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer, a communal service in which we pray the psalms, read Scripture together, and offer prayers for our church and the world. No Prayer Book needed! We’ll use the online service at this siteQuestions? Email Nathan Costa

Duration: 30 minutes

  • To join by phone: (312) 626-6799, then enter 538 119 149

Each week we will read the Collect and the Gospel for the upcoming Sunday after which our facilitators will offer some historic background and context, before opening it up for discussion and questions.  This is a terrific way to stay connected to your faith community and to God, while getting more out of the Sunday worship! Nothing to prepare – beginners welcome!

You can find the readings here.

For more information, email Fr Chris.

Duration: 45 minutes

Join us on Zoom!

We are opening the church for quiet prayer so you can be in the space where so many of us have felt the presence of God. Social distancing, masks, and signing in are required, as is faith the size of a mustard seed.

Duration: 2 hours

Friday, October 2

Join the conversation

Start your day with Morning Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer, a communal service in which we pray the psalms, read Scripture together, and offer prayers for our church and the world. No Prayer Book needed! We’ll use the online service at this siteQuestions? Email Nathan Costa

Duration: 30 minutes

  • To join by phone: (312) 626-6799, then enter 538 119 149