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

Friday, March 01, 2013

Rector's Rambling - March 3, 2013 - Transition Month

March is a transition month;  winter transitions into spring, the regular college sports seasons transition into tournaments (March Madness).  And so too the month of March, at least this year, will be full of transitions for the Church.  This week we have the 3rd Sunday in Lent – a regular Lenten Sunday.  Next Sunday we transition to Rose or Lætáre Sunday when the vestments and hangings lighten up and flowers make an appearance on the altars.  The following Sunday we transition back to the deeper purple, the crosses are veiled, and we enter Passiontide (the last two weeks of Lent).  The next transition is to Palm Sunday and then the wonders of Holy Week, The Sacrum Triduum (three holy days) and ultimately the Feast of the Resurrection.  This year all this falls in the month of March.
NOW is the time to invite your friends, family, and neighbors to join us.  Get them in the door for the glorious worship as we transition through Lent to Easter.  We will advertise and send mailings, but the best way to get people to come to St. John’s is by personal invitation, and praying for the person before and after the invitation (even if the answer is no for now).
Easter is just four weeks away!  Let us get on to the mission of being the Church by knowing Christ and making Him known.  We do the first by praying, studying, and worshipping.  One way we do the second half is to invite others to join us here to worship and be informed about the good news of the forgiveness of sin through Jesus Christ.