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

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Rector's Rambling - November 19, 2012 - Thanksgiving Day @ St. John's

This upcoming week is one of the best weeks, outside of Christmas and Holy Week/Easter at St. John’s.
On Thursday we interact with the larger community, in a way we are otherwise unable, through the America’s Thanksgiving Day parade.  We have a chance to interact with thousands of people who are downtown for the festivities, and unlike the baseball and football games where they are going from one place to another, most of these folks are spending hours around our facility, inside or out.
The ministry of hospitality on Thanksgiving has been going on for many years before I arrived with the St. Catherine’s Guild sale of donuts, hot chocolate, and coffee at the front door of the church.  Since 2001, we have invited people inside the church for pancake breakfast, to warm up and use the bathroom facilities, and to view the church.  This ministry of hospitality is a great opportunity for us to reach others with the Love of Christ, to share the Gospel with them, and share our wonderful facilities in the midst of all the excitement of the parade.
I hope that you will join us on Wednesday evening for our Thanksgiving Eve service at 7:00 PM, and on Thanksgiving morning for the festivities.  And if you would like, you are welcome to sleep over at the church on Wednesday night.