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

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Digesting the Primates Communique

The statements are beginning to fly about the internet in reacton to the Primates Communique, which calls ECUSA to account for its deviance from Scripture, and for breaking communion, as well as a reprimand to traditionalists who have reached outside of the norms of the ecclesiastical structure for pastoral care.

Already rejoicing, rejection, and revision is being published by bishops, organizations, etc.
Much of it is being kept track of at

In the midst of that, Fr. Kendall Harmon, whose site Titus one nine is, points out from this morning's morning prayer lessons

If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.
Besides this, we have had earthly fathers to discipline us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live?
For they disciplined us for a short time at their pleasure, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness.
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant; later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees,
and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.
Strive for peace with all men, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.
Hebrews 12:8-14

May God grant us the grace this Lent to accept the necessary discipline of the Lord (both us individually and as a denomination), an strive for peace and holiness so that we may see the Lord! Keep praying as the denomination and anglican communion continues to sort it all out.