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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Friday, December 15, 2006

Who are you inviting to Christmas Services?

1150 Invitations to Christmas Eve and Day services were mailed yesterday to all members, visitors who have signed the guest book in the last 4 years, and all the neighbors around the Church in Brush Park.

Newspaper Ads in the Ann Arbor News, Grosse Pointe News, and all 12 editions of the Observer and Eccentric have started running about the service schedule.

On Monday we begin advertising on WRCJ 90.9 FM (Classical Music Public Radio) and WDTK 1400 AM (news/talk). Beginning Wednesday a series of ads will appear on WJR 760 AM.

BUT - the most vital part of the "marketing" package is YOU - the parishioner at St. John's! People may read/hear/receive in the mail our invitation to St. John's, but it is up to YOU to 'seal the deal' by personally inviting people to join us at St. John's! Tell people why you come downtown to worship! Invite them to come and see and be a part of all the amazing things God is doing at and through St. John's! Offer them a ride with you!

Christmas is a time when people, including those nominally of faith or perhaps fallen away due to some internal parish problem, are looking for a place to go to Church for Christmas Eve. Be the person who Jesus uses to invite them here, and perhaps into a new or renewed relationship with Himself!

In the next 9 days make it a point to invite at least 3 people a day to come the Christmas Services at St. John's. Not all will come - but an invitation is important and maybe what the person needs!

On Christmas Eve Children's Pageant service is at 5:15pm (this service is not just for the Children if someone can't be out too late). Also on Christmas Eve at 10:30pm is our Carol Prelude Service and then at 11pm the primary service, our Festive Candlelight Service. On Christmas Day at 11am we have an a cappella service in the Chapel (this is a small service - about 30 people).