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, April 28, 2014

Thank you, thank you, thank you! - Rector's Rambling for April 27, 2014

   It isn't a Sunday after Easter without a heaping dose of gratitude!  I want to say THANK YOU to all those who made last Sunday’s celebration of the Resurrection so wonderful!
Thanks begin at the altar to Allen Bass and all the servers and readers who help me with the worship and administration of the Sacrament.  I also want to thank the Altar Guild for their many extra tasks for Holy Week and Easter  Thank you also to Dr. Lewis, Dr. Tan, and all the members of the choir for their hard work and dedication to glorify God in the worship here at St. John’s.  And of course I want to thank the ushers for directing “traffic” and helping to insure that everyone got to where they needed to be before, during, and after the service.
Behind the scenes I want to say thank you to Harriett Mottley for coordinating all the office work of compiling orders of service and making sure people and things were in place all week.  This thank you extends to Shirl Howell, John Clark, José Zeiler, André Smith and Bernard Gloster who were all busy working and volunteering in the office.
Thank-yous also go out to José, Pat Walter, and Gary Barker who work so hard during the week to keep the building neat and in good repair, and who had extra responsibilities for Holy Week and Easter.
And a special thank you to my wife and children for their love and support.  Jennifer jokes that for Lent she gives up having me around the house since I am busier than usual.  I am grateful for her humor and understanding.
And of course thank you to all the parishioners who attended the celebration, and who also brought guests with them!
Supremely I am grateful to Almighty God for the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ, who rose from the dead and lives!  Let us be sure to celebrate this great and wonderful reality all 50 days of Easter!