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, July 07, 2010

Rector's Rambling - June 6, 2010

Last Sunday was a wonderful day, with a large crowd of people in Church, the hot dog luncheon following, and then the Choir singing the National Anthem before the Tigers soundly defeated the Oakland Athletics. After all that we also had a wedding at 5:30pm - a wonderful way to top off a wonderful day!
A hearty thank you to everyone who pitched in to make our Tiger Baseball Outing Sunday such a success! The Armitage Men’s Club and their auxiliary helpers in the kitchen, the choir for a sublime performance in worship as well as at Comerica Park, The Altar Guild members who helped in the morning and Suzie Decker and Chris Golembiewski who helped at the wedding, as well as the Ushers who helped at the wedding after a long afternoon in the sun.
And a special thank you to all who invited friends and family to join us for Church and the game following. A special kudo goes to John Barge who brought over 75 people with him to the game!!!! There were others who had more than 10 or 15 tickets sold. Several first time visitors mentioned that they are going to return again this Sunday - may it be so (perhaps I should have mentioned we don’t have hot dogs every week).
Today is the start of our ‘summer’ season. We start it with a feast day - Corpus Christi. We celebrate the gift of the Sacrament of our Lord’s own Body and Blood under the auspices of the bread and wine. Although the actual grand celebration of the Feast was Thursday, we keep the propers (lessons) today as well. It is so nice we celebrate it twice!
The Choir is now down to quartet size for the summer, the Sunday School is on hiatus, and our dress becomes perhaps a bit more casual in anticipation of the warmer temperatures during worship. But all this being true, our Lord still expects us to be present every Sunday at worship, whether here at St. John’s, or near where you might be traveling during your holiday.
Our Lord doesn’t take a summer vacation from showering his love and grace upon us, we should not expect to take a vacation from our loving and grace-filled response by worshipping Him in His Church!