Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 51 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 21, 2013

A long season done - Rector's Rambling for November 24, 2013

I know that when I have a big project, it is a relief to finally finish it.  So too we have finished a big, long project in the Church season of Trinitytide.  We began this season way back in June, and with only a few deviations for Sunday Feast Days like St. Michael and all Angels and All Saints, we have been in green vestments all along.
Trinitytide has been a season of teaching and spiritual growth.  We have concentrated on the parables and miracles of Jesus so that we can take them to heart and apply them to our lives.   What Jesus had to say then, to those living in 1st Century Palestine, contains the Truth for us as well today.
Next week we begin the yearly liturgical cycle again.  Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Pre-Lent, Lent, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost,. and then back to Trinitytide.  Some of these seasons are as short as 10 days, and two of them are 40 days each.  And each season has for us a different emphasis to help us to understand the nature of God as He has revealed Himself to us, His teaching, and how to follow Him as Lord and Master.
But before we begin this new season we have a day of celebration on Thursday, when we have more interaction with those who are not (yet) members of St. John’s.  After our Thanksgiving Eve service in the chapel (7:00 PM), and sleep-over for those who want to stay in the building, we have a wonderful morning on Thanksgiving Day.
The undercroft will be abuzz with our Pancake Breakfast, as will the St. John’s Canteen at the front door selling donuts, coffee, and hot chocolate.  We will have scaffolding set up in the garden to watch the parade.  But the best part of the day is opening the building to the public so that they can not only join us for breakfast and to warm up, but also for them to discover the wonder of our church building glorifying God.
Join us Thursday as we welcome Metro Detroit into our spiritual home, and bring your friends as well.