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, March 11, 2009

Some days are busier than others

Wednesdays in Lent are busy at St. John's, and this one especially so.

Fr. Bedford said Mass at 12:15pm with 13 in attendance, where I had the privilege of being the server. 5pm Evening Prayer had 6 people, and at the 6pm Mass that I said we had 7 people present (3 people attending both EP and Mass)

We got to say Mass around this

Scaffolding up in the Sanctuary, and in the Chapel they were still refinishing the floor. New lighting is also going in in Chapel and Church this week (a gift from the estate of Robin Kedzo).

At 4pm the office really started hopping. I returned from visiting David Boulton in Farmington Hills, being up with a broken leg. Andy Baetz came to work on Alpha planning. Andre Smith and Jose were setting up for the course in the Undercroft. The Oates & Lees were already downstairs putting together dinner. Altar Guild directress Virginia Burton was finishing up an afternoon of organizing in the sacristy. Treasurer Dave Schafer also appeared soon after to work on financial reports. We also had visitors come to look at the Church, looking for a place to be married. I put the "I am primarily interested in seeing you get into heaven, so I will see you in Church this Sunday" on them. We will see if God speaks to them in that way.

The Alpha Course began with Dinner at 6:30pm, as did my Rector's Forum.

All this, in addition to the usual answering phone calls, emails, and mail - and getting the Chronicle off electronically to the printer - a Wednesday noon deadline.

A busy day. A good day. Deo Gratias.