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

Friday, June 08, 2007

The First St. John's Garden Reception

With an idea copied from another parish, in Philadelphia, which has a torchlit reception in their garden after the Corpus Christi, we did the same last night at St. John's. It was a grand service, sublime music, and a wonderful gathering afterwards.

I can see that there will be many more occassions in the future to light the torches and gather outside for fellowship!

In addition to the 'crowd' shots, there is a picture of me with Dr. Lewis and our outgoing Edwards Organ Scholar, Susan DeKam, and incoming Scholar Richard Newman.

Also, a farewell shot of the Joneses , who came for Corpus Christi and are moving to Maryland. We will see them again before and after St. Michael's Conference in July.

I was surprised that many of the clergy who said they would be there did not show up, but Fr. Mike and I were up to the task of the service.

We also unveiled the new white dalmatic and tunicle, which matches the new white set we ordered for Easter.

Unfortunately the construction crews began an hour before the start of the service, to demolish the rest of the street and bridge over I-75, so some of the a cappella settings of the Mass were accompanied by the pounding of the cement by the jackhammer on the backhoes!