Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 51 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Location: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Monday, May 29, 2006

Memorial Day 2006

Let us pray

For Memorial Days
Almighty God, our heavenly Father, in whose hands are the living and the dead; we give thee thanks for all those thy servants who have laid down their lives in the service of our country. Grant to them thy mercy and the light of thy presence, that the good work which thou hast begun in them may be perfected; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For our Country
Almighty God, who has given us this good land for our heritage; we humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favour and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honourable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord and confusion; from pride and arrogancy, and from every evivl way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue witht he spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, thorugh obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fil our hearts with thankfulness, and int he day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all wichi we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

From the 1928 Book of Common Prayer