Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 52 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

Thursday, August 31, 2006

From the Rector

Your September Eagle should be in your mail box next week, but here is a preview... the From the Rector section!

As the summer draws to an end, this year we are enthused around here with the prospect of the Tigers being in the playoffs, and an extension of the excitement happening all around St. John’s! Not since the stadium opened next door to St. John’s has our neighborhood been so busy so often!

And in the midst of all the new excitement stands St. John’s, as she has stood for 145+ years - a beacon of hope, and a solid witness of the Truth that Jesus Christ is Lord. More visitors have seen us, and visited us this summer due to the busy-ness of the neighborhood, and it is my hope that we will be more effective in taking advantage of our location in the midst of the Sports/Entertainment District, as well as the new housing, to reach out to many with the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Speaking of busy-ness, the new programming year begins in September. Sunday School, the new Children’s Chapel, Adult Education, and the various organizations of the parish get up and running again after a summer hiatus. Be sure to plan on being here on Sunday by 9:05am (or stay after the 8am Service if that is your preference) to participate not only in the glorious worship of The Church, but also to be educated in the Faith. This is so vital in an age where many of us grew up with a solid scriptural instruction, and our children/grandchildren are being bombarded with images , messages, and belief systems contrary to the revealed Word of God. The Church and the home are our lines of defense, and both must be well grounded in knowledge about The Faith as He has revealed Himself to us!

Finally, a reminder that our Lord does expect to see you every Sunday in Church! Let’s not let sports, social events, personal issues, inertia, or other distractions prevent us from fulfilling our joyful obligation to worship the Lord every Sunday in Church. It is good for you, good for all of us, and pleasing to Him!