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, September 01, 2008

Labor Day

We were going to go down to the Church to the see the Labor parade today because we originally thought the Democrat Pres and VP candidates were going to be in the parade. Then we heard that the Pres candidate would not be in the parade, but would speak at Hart Plaza at the end. With a Tiger game also happening around the Church we decided it would be too hectic there.
We also had a passing thought to go down to Hart Plaza - and I am glad we didn't for two reasons.
1) A friend went down with her sons, stood in line for 3 hours and at 10am realized they still had over an hour in line (as they approached Hart Plaza in line they realized the line went down around by Cobo and back!) so they left. The speech was scheduled for 11am. It started about 11:30.
2) Listening to it on the radio, after all the "thank you"s to individuals, & groups, he then said he was going to give a speech on the importance of the Labor movement in America and how important it is, etc., but instead he talked about the Hurricane in New Orleans and how we need to come together as Americans to help those being affected. Basically, after the "thank you"s he perhaps spoke for 10 minutes! Imagine waiting in line for 3 or 4 hours to hear a 10 minute talk?

In this presidental election year we are trying to expose the boys to politics so they can see how our democracy works (with homeschooling we are always looking for learning opportunities!). On Friday we are going to go see the Republican Pres/VP candidates, and will look for another opportunity to see the Democrat (with this being a 'swing' state, I think they will both be back several times!!!).

Plans for today? Morning workout, playing catch (baseball/football) with the boys, and prepping for a little BBQ this evening. And of course we need to get over to the community pool for a last swim before it closes for the season.

Collect For Every Man in his Work (1928 BCP)
ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, who declarest thy glory and showest forth thy handiwork in the heavens and in the earth; Deliver us, we beseech thee, in our several callings, from the service of mammon, that we may do the work which thou givest us to do, in truth, in beauty, and in righteousness, with singleness of heart as thy servants, and to the benefit of our fellow men; for the sake of him who came among us as one that serveth, thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.