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

Monday, June 10, 2013

Ordinary time - Rector's Rambling - June 9, 2013

Having had several weeks of “unique” Sundays (Baseball Sunday and Corpus Christi Sunday) to cap off our spring, we now are into our Trinitytide season.
Trinitytide, or the “ordinary” season encompasses the Sundays between now and Advent (which begins in December).  That is a lot of Sundays!  It is considered “ordinary” not in the sense that they are nothing special, but because they are “ordered” toward the growth in the Spiritual life as we spend weeks at a time delving into the teachings and miracles of Jesus.
The most noticeable thing about Trinitytide is that we will be in green vestments for most Sundays between now and December, with the exception of September 29 (Feast of St. Michael and all Angels) and November 3 (External Solemnity of All Saints).  Green is the color of growth and life, and it is a tangible reminder that we are to continue to grow in faith and grace during this long season.
More immediately though, things actually slow down a bit around St. John’s for the summer.  Sunday school and Adult Education are on hiatus until fall.  The groups, such as the St. Catherine’s Guild, the Daughters of the King, and the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, all take time off from their regular meeting schedules.
It does not mean that all things come to a screeching halt.  There is a Social Fellowship Outing today, and others are in the planning.  The youth and Fr. Kelly head off to the St. Michael’s Conference on June 30 for a week, on July 28 we will have our Founders Sunday, and the 20/30s group is in its reorganizing stage.
Most importantly, there is no hiatus from our obligation to worship the Good God every Sunday in His Church!  Whether at home or away be sure to make attending worship a #1 priority!
And if you are travelling, I hope that you will continue in your financial support of the parish over the summer months.  Unfortunately, our expenses do not take a vacation!  Your weekly contribution can be mailed to the office in your collection envelope just by adding a stamp to it and dropping it in a mailbox.