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

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Rector's Rambling - December 25th and 27th

A hearty welcome to all those joining us for worship at St. John’s. In our 151 years we have been a church of ‘destination’, with people coming from far and wide to worship in this beautiful building with its sublime music, traditional Anglican liturgy, and wonderful people.
Although up until the invention of the automobile that ‘far and wide’ probably meant the city of Detroit itself, St. John’s is now the Church home of choice for parishioners who drive in regularly from as far as Algonac, Ann Arbor, and Clarkston - and some from even further for special occasions (up from Ohio and from beyond Saginaw)!
Why St. John’s? You could ask a dozen parishioners and get a plethora of answers. Some come for the music, others for traditional liturgy as expressed by the 1928 Book of Common Prayer (the last in the line of classic Anglican prayer book tradition). For many it is the adherence to, and propagation of, the “Faith once delivered to the saints” as revealed in to us in The Word of God. Others might say they like the preaching, and yet others that it is wonderful to worship in a building that actually looks and feels like a Church! I would add that it is all those people with their various reason who bring it all together by being a group who welcomes newcomers and visitors, and is open to having more and more people joining the fellowship of this parish.
It has been a long time since St. John’s averaged a high of over 2000 people on Sunday. But it has also been over 10 years ago that we hit a low of 37! God has been at work in rebuilding St. John’s, and we believe that not only is He not done, but that there are amazing things ahead for this parish and its parishioners - both those here now and for those not YET members of it!
If you are visiting today we would invite you to consider joining in on all the wonderful things God has in store for this parish! Become a ‘regular’ by worshipping with us on Sundays and becoming involved in the ministries and activities of the parish and the neighborhood.
You are most welcome to join us!