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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Monday, December 25, 2006

Something Old, Something New


This weekend we revealed something old and something new at St. John's.
The 'old' was the reappearance of the 100 year old St. John's Banner! I found it in the archives room, in a box marked "to be thrown away" with other junk in it. Immanuel Banners of Lansing, MI restored the banner and it was used for the first time at the Christmas Eve Service. Some longer-time parishioners will remeber that Gar Williams used to carry the banner in processions at St. John's. Gar is now in a nursing home in Bingham Farms. Pictured is Dave Schafer holding the restored banner.

The 'new' is our new window, in the Chapel. It is Ruth. Note the red sandals. It matches the red shoes of Mary in her Annunciation Window on the opposite side of the Altar in the Chapel. This replaced a very badly damaged 'griese' glass window. The old one was like the plain painted glass above the nice windows in the Church.

The new window was built by Willett-hauser, the same firm that fixed the new safety glass this past summer.